First battery-free energy harvesting GameBoy: Page 2 of 2

September 04, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
First battery-free energy harvesting GameBoy
A battery-free emulation of the 8bit GameBoy platform is powered purely by solar cells and button clicks for energy harvesting at TU Delft
and computer science in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering who co-led the research. "When you press a button, the device converts that energy into something that powers your gaming." The system will be demonstrated at the UbiComp 2020 conference next week.

The team on ENGAGE includes Jasper de Winkel and Vito Kortbeek, both graduate researchers at TU Delft.

"Our work is the antithesis of the Internet of Things, which has many devices with batteries in them," said Hester. "Those batteries eventually end up in the garbage. If they aren't fully discharged, they can become hazardous. They are hard to recycle. We want to build devices that are more sustainable and can last for decades."

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A self-powered GameBoy, courtesy Northwestern

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