This is such a "worn" idea. In the early nineteen eighties, I was responsible for ways to convert stored energy to generate power in Measurements While Drilling (MWD)Systems. One way was to harness the stored energy in downhole shock absorbers coupled to various generators, magnetic voicecoil motors, piezoelectric crystals, hydraulics, etc. Working models were constructed, but I did not patent them. After leaving the company (NL Industries, Houston. TX) "they" did patent the ideas and took the credit!!!
Now, if only someone would talk to Cybex or some other gym equipment maker and come up with a way to convert that wasted fat enery into energy that can be stored. Some kind of friction-based kinetic transducer, or a pressure transducer instead of dumb weights... Seems a shame to see that huffing and puffing go to waste.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.