David Wagman: How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

Suddenly, office paper is turning heads. Well, at least as far as electronics and batteries are concerned.

The explosive growth of miniaturized electronics and batteries to power everything from ingestible healthcare devices to sensors for intelligent transportation is driving innovation in how those devices are designed, and raising concerns over their environmental impact.

By some estimates, more than 50 billion electronic devices may be deployed during the next five years. Many will have a short working life, their fast obsolescence resulting in a disposal issue.

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