Would the pain and agony of shovelling snow be less if you knew you were charging your cell phone at the same time as you shivered?
Behrad Khamesee, a professor in the Waterloo's Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, along with his former graduate student Pratik Patel, have developed new technology that would allow a cell phone to be charged by the energy created when operating asnowblower or while shoveling snow.
This unique form of multi-tasking is possible through a 3D multi-directional energy harvester Khamesee says is the first of its kind.
"What makes it different is that it's a single unit unlike other multi units that have been developed," says Khamesee. Unlike similar devices, Khamesee's patent-pending technology can harvest energy that comes from any direction by converting it into linear motion. Most existing harvesters can only harvest energy in one direction, he adds.
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