Scientist use household product to fuel sound wave advancement.

Voice calls may be the key to a longer battery life for cell phones.  A group of Korean scientists are now working on a way to power up cell phone batteries with just a little conversation.  

Researchers Young Jun Park and Sang-Woo Kim led the team who discovered how to utilize the prime ingredient in calamine lotion -- zinc oxide --  to develop a nanomaterial that turns sound waves into electricity.

After creating a field of nanowires sandwiched between two electrodes, the group was able to produce a current of 50 millivolts by blasting the field with sound waves of 100db (a normal conversation is 60-70db), according to

"Just as speakers transform electric signals into sound, the opposite process — of turning sound into a source of electrical power — is possible. Sound power can be used for various novel applications including mobile phones that can be charged during conversations and sound-insulating walls near highways that generate electricity from the sound of passing vehicles," said Young Jun Park and Sang-Woo Kim.

In addition to the possibility of using this research to help keep phones charged in the future, the technology is also being considered as a means to add power to electrical grids during rush hour.

Young Jun Park and Sang-Woo Kim presented their findings in an article which appears in the 
 Advanced Materials journal.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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