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Touch-Powered Technology

The Eco-Friendly Ecopad Tablet Harnesses Energy from Fingertips

— May 28, 2011 — Eco
As tablet technology becomes more and more prevalent thanks to its growing popularity in the market, products such as the Ecopad tablet will start to pop up. An eco-conscious alternative to the iPad and other similar devices out there right now, it actually doesn't use external power source to charge it. Instead, the Ecopad tablet harnesses the energy from every touch to power it.

Designed by Jun-se Kim, Yonggu Do and Eunha Seo, the Ecopad tablet is equipped with a nano piezoelectricity film that rest right below the display. It is this film that converts each touch or press into the energy needed to keep the tablet working. Although only a concept now, I'm excited to see more designs like the Ecopad tablet.
Trend Themes
1. Eco-friendly Technology - There is an opportunity for businesses to develop more eco-conscious alternatives to popular electronic devices, like the Ecopad tablet that harnesses touch energy.
2. Self-powered Devices - The concept of using touch energy to power devices, as seen with the Ecopad tablet, presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the development of self-sustaining electronics.
3. Piezoelectric Technology - The integration of nano piezoelectric films, like the one in the Ecopad tablet, can revolutionize the energy generation capabilities of various electronic products.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can explore the creation of touch-powered devices, like the Ecopad tablet, to offer sustainable alternatives to current products on the market.
2. Renewable Energy - Incorporating touch-powered technology, such as the energy-harnessing feature in the Ecopad tablet, can contribute to advancements in renewable energy solutions.
3. Design and Manufacturing - The design and manufacturing industries have the potential to develop and optimize the production processes for touch-powered devices like the Ecopad tablet.
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