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static electricity through a phenomenon known as triboelectricity (or the triboelectric effect)

Researchers are using something called the triboelectric effect to create surprising amounts of electric power by touching two different materials together. This can provide a new way to power mobile devices such as smartphones by capturing the otherwise wasted energy from sources like walking, the wind blowing, vibration, or ocean waves. Beyond generating power, the technology could also provide a new self-powered sensor, allowing detection of vibrations, water leaks – or even rain…