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.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.