Japan has been leading the camera market for years, putting out lenses the size of small jet engines with camera sensors accurate enough to steal an aboriginal soul. So it should come as no surprise that Fujifilm, in conjunction with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, has developed a new form of highly efficient thermoelectric conversion material using an organic polymer that can be simply produced with modified printing technology.
This new highly experimental, printable organic polymer, no doubt, represents years and millions of dollars in research and development, so people may soon be looking forward to a cheaper alternative to their printer ink. Fujifilm claims this new converter can turn a temperature difference of one degree celsius into several milliwatts of power, which is three times the amount of energy needed to power the typical hearing aid, meaning that by now a real bunny could output more power than the energizer bunny.
This new wonder material doesn’t stop there, due to it’s organic polymer nature the material is bendable instead of rigid, opening up exciting possibilities for photovoltaic panels. Perhaps, soon our cars will come with optional thermoelectric coating allowing them to charge under the sunlight, we may soon be competing over the one parking spot that isn’t in the shade.
Which, I’m told is more desirable than my plan for farms made from cats in charging tubes. In the future this advancement will even be used to power health monitoring devices and save lives simply from a slight difference in temperature. Or wrapped around burritos to charge our phones. But until the burrito powered phones arrive it appears it will be mostly used to race tiny toy cars.
Now I know what many of you are thinking, and the answer is yes, this will allow robots to feed off of your body heat. But luckily for the future of humanity The Matrix was never a very practical apocalypse scenario, If we are eventually threatened by genocidal robots they’re much more likely to just kill all the humans and use our food to power themselves, so no need to panic.
The dimensionless performance index or (ZT) of the device was 0.27 before the performance was increased by Fujifilm. That’s right, the camera company improved the invention from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, which has to make you wonder what kind of giant mecharobot Nintendo is probably working on.
This new advancement will be utilized in the burgeoning solar panel market, and as a new record high in thermoelectric conversion efficiency we could soon be seeing a revolution in solar power.
More announcements will soon be made concerning this new thermoelectric conversion material at the 60th Japan Society of Applied Physics Spring Meeting this year, which I imagine will be ground zero when machines gain sentience and begin the assimilation of humanity. However, until that day we can all look forward to efficient solar power and cameras and phones charged by our body heat.