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Piezoelectric power on your flight and your chin

By April Gocha / September 30, 2014

Piezoelectric materials are finding their way into some interesting energy-independent devices, including a chinstrap that collects energy from chewing and aircraft wings that morph for airplane agility.

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Weekend warriors: DIY piezo speed belt with LED display makes runners safer, shinier

By Jessica McMathis / April 11, 2014

A light-up speed belt with a built-in piezo vibration sensor detects your pace and keeps you safe during your dawn-to-dusk runs.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / July 2, 2013

Sound waves precisely position nanowires Researchers at Penn State University are using sound waves to position nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits. The researchers looked at the placement of metallic nanowires in solution on a piezoelectric substrate, applying an alternating current to the substrate to…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / April 19, 2013

Onyx: A brand new colorful source of energy Onyx Solar has rolled out a complete new full range of colored photovoltaic glass. The new product, which allows any sustainable project to configure a customized design in any color (or combination of colors) while generating clean and free energy. The wide range of tones and colors…

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Video: GE demonstrates piezo-driven cooling air-circulation wafers

By / December 21, 2012

For years, there have been scads of applications and gizmos based on piezoelectric materials. Nevertheless, I am often intrigued when I see smart use of the stuff. What has most recently grabbed my attention is a ventilating system featured in the new video from GE Global Research showing off the company’s Digital Cooling Jets (DCJ).…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / December 6, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: APC publishes free piezo calculator iPhone, iPad app APC International Inc. has announced the release of its APCPiezoCalc iPhone and iPad app. The app is an interactive mobile application that allows the user to easily calculate the frequency constant, resonance frequency, capacitance, dielectric constant, static displacement and static voltage…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / December 4, 2012

So much to read, so little time. Maybe try anyway: Scientists discover novel way to ‘heal’ defects in materials In a paper published in Nature Materials, a team of researchers report they have succeeded in creating a defect in the structure of a single-layer crystal by simply inserting an extra particle, and then watching as…

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Ceramics and glass business news this week

By / July 8, 2011

New JEOL large angle EDS. Credit: JEOL. Here’s what we are hearing: Horiba Scientific offers new instruments for partical analysis The new SZ-100 series instruments analyze key particle physical properties including size and zeta potential. In addition, it can be used to determine protein and polymer molecular weight, and second virial coefficient (A2). Particle size…

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Ceramic science stories we missed the first time around

By / August 27, 2010

Weddings, vacation, illness, travel days . . .  Looking back, sometimes there have been events that caused us to miss a few good ceramic- and glass-related developments and press releases. The stories in this grab bag have only a few cobwebs on them, so check ‘em out: Cementing success: Startup that eyes radical shift in…

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Piezoelectricity’s positive vibrations

By / September 16, 2009

Via LiveScience, the Inside Science News Service reports that scientists at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in Blacksburg, Va., have recently developed a tiny piezoelectric device that is able to harness the power generated by small vibrations and could become of tremendous use in tomorrow’s small-scale robots, probes and appliances. Collecting the energy of small vibrations…

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