Taking a page out of NASA's book, Nicole Schmiedel has designed the COR Insulin Wristwatch. This watch is designed for those with type 1 diabetes. Using piezo-electric technology, similar to what is used on satellites, the watch will power itself by converting the slightest movement from the user into electricity for pumping insulin and giving read-outs on the display. The watch can store back-up energy and enough insulin to continually pump for a few weeks.
The revolutionary part of this prototype lies with the power source, or the piezo-electric transducer. On the satellites, the piezo-electric transducer is capable of absorbing and dampening even the slightest vibration for the sake of the optics used. This phenomenon was originally discovered by applying energy to a quartz rock. The rock would deform and produce a voltage in return that could be measured. Piezo-electric transducers use a similar idea by applying energy and receiving voltage in return.
Unlike most conceptual designs we see around these parts, the COR Insulin Watch is a lot closer to a reality than you may think. Schmiedel has chosen the DuraAct piezo-electric transducer from INVENT as the powering mechanism behind her trendy diabetes watch.