Electronics are getting smaller and more powerful with every iteration. Powering these amazing devices are highly sophisticated chips that perform all sorts of functions within seconds.
These chips themselves need a lot of power to operate at maximum capacity. Currently, these chips are only powered through conventional methods of electricity production.
Scientists have been conducting research on alternate methods of producing power for these chips, which moves away from the mechanical field and into the realm of biology.
This combination of biological and man made machinery is what most scientists interested in future science dream of. Taking the first successful step towards that dream are researchers from Columbia Engineering.
These researchers have successfully tested a chemical energy-producing biological process which can easily power a solid state CMOS integrated circuit.
What this means is that they have developed the World’s First Biologically Powered Computer Chip. This process uses ATP’s (adenosine triphosphate) to power ion pumps, which in turn operate a artificial lipid bilayer membrane.
This membrane is then connected with the CMOS chip to perform regular functions that the chip is capable of.
While the ATP used during the experiment was harvested specifically for this process, it is important to know that it in the biological world, it is produced naturally and quite effortlessly through the process of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
What this means is that with future research, one day we could potentially run our smartphones just by breathing. This opens up unlimited amounts of potential for future hybrid tech, which would be a part of the human body itself.