Shake Power Bank; Technology in the Workplace: A Balance of Power

Peerman, Tierra, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Momot, Michael, EN-Mech/Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

How is technology being integrated into everyday life? At their best, technological advances can improve efficiency and simplify processes, but technological innovations often introduce new problems.
How can human motion recharge batteries? By using electromagnetic induction to generate power, the research team created a prototype of a shake power bank that charges any usb-connected device through vertical movement. A magnet inside passes through coils, charging the battery, which in turn charges the usb device. It is portable and small; it can be be easily held and stored to better support active schedules.
How are employers and employees competing to shape the workplace norms governing personal device use? Traditional work spaces do not always welcome personal device use. Workplace rules restricting personal device use can induce resistant or evasive behavior among employees. Devices can be an obstacle to an efficient work environment, or a source of distraction, but they are marketed as tools to help productivity. Employers and employees often disagree about optimimum personal device use at work.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Technology, Shake Power Bank , Human, Workplace

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Mike Momot
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Erika Davis, Adam Hershaft, Andrew Farruggio, Emma Grossman, Samuel Varrieur

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