A product called Thermo Life hopes to be viable power source for numerous additional low-power, real-world applications, including active RFID tags, sensor networks and ZigBee enabled devices.
Here's how it works in the most basic terms. A small temperature gradient between two sources is enough to keep some low power devices going.
It can recharge a capacitor, thin film battery or similar power storage component at a rate that is more than 3.5 times faster than its predecessor, according to the parent company, Thermo Life Energy Corp..
The enhanced product may now be able to take a bigger role in removing the hurdle of changing batteries presented by the deployment of thousands of ZigBee enabled devices in a network.