Nanogenerator Recharges Devices With a Jostle, Swipe, or Tap

A way to make gadgets rechargeable with a jostle, swipe, or tap

Innovator: Zhong Lin Wang
Age: 53
Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Engineering

Form and function: The transparent, 1-millimeter-thick generator converts mechanical energy (or movement) into electricity, making it possible to charge cell phones and other gadgets by tapping, swiping, or jostling them.