Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have created a new technology that could someday enable you to charge your smartphone, simply by playing loud music. Learn how it works in the video above.
The Verge reports that this new technology is called a nanogenerator. It basically consists of a flat panel that gathers vibrational energy from ambient noise and music. This type of energy collection is called piezoelectric energy generation.
The charge can be created with nearly any type of noise. In addition to music, the ambient sounds of traffic or conversation could also generate a charge.
The Verge notes that the Queen Mary University of London team worked with Nokia on the technology. The nanometer sheets generate five volts of electricity, the same as most smartphone wall chargers. The technology is a little ways off from being public-ready, but this is definitely a technology to keep your eye on.