Scientists Create Deus Ex-Style Biofuel Battery

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Scientists Create Deus Ex-Style Biofuel Battery

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Biofuel cell research has shown that candy really could power prosthetics.

Strange as it may seem, science has given credence to the candy addiction faced by protagonist Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Research into biofuel cells (tiny little batteries which use energy stored in natural organisms to create electricity) has now hinted that all you might need to power a decent body-battery is a healthy dose of sweet, sweet sugar.

Led by Dr. Serge Cosnier, a team of scientists at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble have created a working biofuel cell which uses the oxygen and glucose found within the bloodstream to create electricity by breaking down the glucose molecules. When implanted into a rat, the cell perfectly ran for 40 days; there were no major fluctuations in power output, and it didn't affect either the physiology or behavior of the animal.

The implications of this technology are huge. "A battery consumes the energy stored in it, and when it's finished, it's finished," Dr. Cosnier explained to BBC. "A biofuel cell in theory can work without limits because it consumes substances that come from physiological fluids, and are constantly being replenished."

Biofuel cells could also be useful without the human body. Sony, for instance, has expressed an interest in biofuel cell research for its phones and laptops. There's also potential for applications during blackouts, or when people find themselves stranded without electricity. "If you were in a country without electricity, and needed to re-charge a bio fuel cell, all you would have to do is add sugar and water," explained Cosnier.

Right now, this news will be most exciting for those whose lives are affected by pacemakers, which require invasive battery-replacement surgery once every five years or so, and other electrical prosthetics. But further down the line? Who knows. Although being able to launch myself from my bedroom window each morning only to land in a gracefall ball of Icarus-inspired light has been a pet fantasy of mine ever since I started playing Human Revolution, I am more than happy to settle for the prospect of charging my phone using nothing more than water and sugar.

Source: BBC

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Does that mean by eating one, I won't need to wait to take someone down?

I TOTALLY asked for this :D

This is awesome. It seems that Deus Ex was quite accurate in its timeline. It will be really cool if I can get an augmented limb or something in my lifetime. haha

Hmm...

Step 1. Eat candy

Step 2. Pull someone's head off

Step 3. Repeat step 1 + 2

Step 4. Profit!

So jerking off with my robotic hand would require candy bars?

:D

"which uses the oxygen and glucose found within the bloodstream to create electricity by breaking down the glucose molecules"

...Is it strange that my Teacher and I were discussing this shit last week. It started as a joke about how the body is like abattery and would need some type of fuel like a candy bar.

We had a good laugh.

He's going to flip later when I tell him.

So if I had one put in me would it make my eating of sugary foods a bit better since the biofuel cell would be using it instead of it being stored as fat? Also would you be able make robotic prosthetic limbs that use this technology? If so then I say AWESOME. Also I love the fact that I live in a time where my childhood science fiction fantasies are in their infant stages.

This is a better explanation of how robots used people as batteries in the Matrix.

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It will be interesting to see how much power they will be able to get from these bio fuel cells and if it will eventually be a practical everyday item in the future.


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"SUGAR. IN WATER."

AAaaaanyways, the implications for this are huge. Powered prosthetics are no longer an inconvenience!

...Hypothetically...does this mean that you can burn a few hundred calories by charging a cell phone? Can I lose weight by charging my DS instead of running?

Anyone who says that the world is going downhill is an idiot. The future ROCKS.

But did we ever ask for this?

EDIT: Ninja'd again. =P

Xanadu84:
...Hypothetically...does this mean that you can burn a few hundred calories by charging a cell phone? Can I lose weight by charging my DS instead of running?

THAT...would be epic!

maybe diabetes could cause urine to be sugary from high blood sugar and then that could be used to charge the cells

so... round up some diabetics and hide the insulin and then charge the cells and have free energy :3

So I could be like Popeye, but instead of spinach I get to eat a Snickers? Sweet! The worst part about Popeye was always the spinach.

MercurySteam:
Hmm...

Step 1. Eat candy

Step 2. Pull someone's head off

Step 3. Repeat step 1 + 2

Step 4. Profit!

What would you do with the head? Or do you think there will be a market for severed heads?

-Dragmire-:
This is a better explanation of how robots used people as batteries in the Matrix.

It is an explanation, but it doesn't cover it all. The human body, over time, generates enough electricity to light up even the Las Vegas strip. Morpheus' example doesn't even do the concept justice. But it is a start. (There are days when I am at work I could probably power NYC for a month with what I do.)

It will be interesting to see how much power they will be able to get from these bio fuel cells and if it will eventually be a practical everyday item in the future.

I wouldn't expect high enough voltages to power cars and such, but cellphones and all things smaller are feasible. Me? I would have two red LED's installed in my eyeballs, and then on a whim, I can have my eyes light the way.
Just the idea of pacemakers and other organ assists being powered by a snickers bar is a big step alone. If Duracell is all about being a good guy in health care as a lot of their ads suggest, I would expect them to invest in this.

Xanadu84:
...Hypothetically...does this mean that you can burn a few hundred calories by charging a cell phone? Can I lose weight by charging my DS instead of running?

Anyone who says that the world is going downhill is an idiot. The future ROCKS.

Actually, you can already. There are pedal powered generators you can charge batteries with. I think there are even exercise bikes that are wired to do that. The future is ambiguous, the present has many opportunities already here. Quit waiting for the future and take advantage of the present.

I always asked for this, and yes I know I was ninja'd. So the next question is what would you all do with these. I'm so getting augmented... FOR THE HOARD AUGMENTS!
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I can't find a mention of the voltage or wattage output of the device in the BBC article. Anyone know how much juice we're actually talking about here?

samsonguy920:

Xanadu84:
...Hypothetically...does this mean that you can burn a few hundred calories by charging a cell phone? Can I lose weight by charging my DS instead of running?

Anyone who says that the world is going downhill is an idiot. The future ROCKS.

Actually, you can already. There are pedal powered generators you can charge batteries with. I think there are even exercise bikes that are wired to do that. The future is ambiguous, the present has many opportunities already here. Quit waiting for the future and take advantage of the present.

Well yes, but those bikes require working and difficult exercise. Definately not the same as plugging in a adapter and burning a candy bar off.

And before you call me lazy, I exercise. I walk a few miles every day in day to day activities, and run probably 5 days a week. And that wouldn't change with a plug in calorie battery, if anything because excersize would improve cardiovascular health, lean muscle mass, as well as be enjoyable and give a runners high. But if that wasn't quite enough to get an ideal body weight, a battery use would be a great supplement.

Im not waiting for the future. But I do appreciate the view of it.

AttemptingReason:
I can't find a mention of the voltage or wattage output of the device in the BBC article. Anyone know how much juice we're actually talking about here?

I think we're talking near-insubstantial amounts of power at this point. What's more important is that it is a proof-of-concept, and that a battery that can run within the body using nutrients as an a power source. In theory, if you could translate neural messages from the brain to the muscles, you could have self-sustaining responsive prostheses similar to Luke's hand from Star Wars or Adam Jensen's multiple limbs.

Patrick_and_the_ricks:
So jerking off with my robotic hand would require candy bars?

:D

Not just Snickers and Baby Ruths, but special candy bars!

OT: That is freaking awesome! I want one now!

I like this. I want to see what they do with this.

Now i may not need to wait for my MP3 player to charge before running. I can plug it in, go for a run and all the while listen to music on my MP3 player, charge that MP3 player, and save time.

Hey don't despair! While you won't be landing like a hi-tech Icarus any time soon, you gotta remember, you need to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.

Right now? We're powering our phones with these bio cells.
Tomorrow? Our phones will be LANDING with an Icarus-style!
And the day after that...? Well, maybe a day, or a month, or even year after... it'll be rats doing it!

Now all I need is a HUD in my eyes and I'm set. And maybe a grappling hook in my arm......yea...

Hevva:
Biofuel cells could also be useful outwith the human body. Sony, for instance, has expressed an interest in biofuel cell research for its phones and laptops.

Does anyone else find it a strange set of coincidences that their latest UELA makes it impossible to take legal action against Sony, and now they're interested in turning human beings into batteries? I'm just saying... uh-oh.

I'm not very happy about the going under the knife thing with augmentations, but this does sound pretty fucking awesome.

This is insane. The Future is now.

I can't help but suspect people will be surgically implanting biofuel cells into their bodies to power their cellphones.

I am fully willing to embrace my new augmented body parts complete with biofuel cells. Where's the nearest limb clinic?

Anyone remember this old jingle; A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play! That candy company saw the future alright.

Would it need actual sugar though? American candy uses that corn substitute in most of its candy and fizzy drinks.

How did we go from protein based candy bars in DE:HR to the Soylent Green-esque candy in the original DE?

DRes82:
This is awesome. It seems that Deus Ex was quite accurate in its timeline. It will be really cool if I can get an augmented limb or something in my lifetime. haha

Well, cept the fact that there was no RoboCop statue in Detroit haha. I just know they're going to end up building one.

I'm interested in the applications of this, but I'll wait to see them before I get all excited. Remember the cancer-preventing chemical being researched at the University of Alberta? Thought not, cause it hasn't worked out that well. Or the cold virus-based cancer killing program? Still working on that. Science moves in small steps, so I prefer to wait to see the results before I'm excited, rather then the theory.

I wonder if I'll wake up tomorrow and we'll have invented wormhole or FTL drives. We have lightning that sings, quantum levitation, commercial space travel, antimatter held for 16 minutes, quark-gluon plasma, lightning that sings (look up the zeusaphone), computers in our pockets (Tablets), wireless controllers, body tracking cameras that can translate movement into game controlling and also have computer voice control from star trek(kinect), and portable 3d gaming platforms (3DS). And the last two are considered mere gimmicks rather than incredible innovations. Also we have infra red lasers than can indeed burn through shit. And intelligent robots. Yep, this is definitely someone's future vision in its infancy.

samsonguy920:

(There are days when I am at work I could probably power NYC for a month with what I do.)

When working out, you'll roughly generate around 120 Watts of energy through physical activity that could be used. Not exactly enough to power NYC for more then a fraction of a second.

If you want to tap into the chemical energy of your body - well if you cremate yourself and used your whole bodymass to power a generator you would get considerably more... but I wouldn't suggest trying that.
The problem with energy generated by the body is simply that said body generates that energy for a specific reason and if you tap into that to use the energy for something else - you'll most likely feel sideeffects.

Btw - you would NOT lose weight by charging a battery like that. You'ld feel weak, hungry and get a headache from not having enough sugar in your blood.

Amazing stuff. But they better make the candy tasty while they're at it.

lol. sounds like games are no longer fiction. well, at least with a SIFI story.
so in future we can expect that our mars, twix, snickers etc will recharge our batteries? sounds alright to me. as long they keep it healthy and it tastes alright of course.

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