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The Machine that Lives Forever

Walton, Michael (2021) The Machine that Lives Forever. PhD thesis, University of Essex.


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Design an intelligent micromachine that can self-power and sustain from environmental energy scavenging to achieve an autonomous device that can communicate at will with peers indefinitely. Explore sleep/wake hibernation strategies coupled with food scavenging off-grid traits to identify the tightest work to sleep efficiency schedule, incorporating adaptive reconfiguration to manage significant environmental impacts. Capture, store and manage background radiations and stray RF signals to feed on in a continued effort to make intelligent survival decisions and oversee management protocols. Ensure that every micro Watt of usable energy gets extracted from every part of the harvest and then forward-scheduled it for productive use. Finally, employ natures tricks and experience to introduce essential personality traits, pursuing maximising survival numbers and increasing dispersal target area sizes of large self-sufficient wireless sensor deployments. This research intends to provide a closely coupled software-hardware foundation that aids implementers in intelligently harnessing and using tiny amounts of ambient energy in a highly autonomous way. This platform then continues on to explore ways of maximising the efficient usage of the harvested energy using various hibernation/wake strategies and then making objective comparisons with proposed intelligent energy management protocols. Finally, the protocol extends to enable the device to manage its personal survival possibilities so the devices can use an evolutional personality-based approach to deal with the unknown environmental situations they will encounter. This work examines a machine that can self-power and sustain from environmental energy scavenging with the aim to live forever. Living forever implies a brain (microcontroller) that can manage energy and budget for continuous faculty. With these objectives, sleep/wake/hibernation and scavenging strategies are examined to efficiently schedule resources within a transient environment. Example harvesting includes induced and background radiation. Intelligent, biologically-inspired strategies are adopted in forward-scheduling strategies given temporal energy relative to the machine’s function (the Walton).

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low Power Energy Scavenging Energy Management
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Michael Walton
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 07:55
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 07:55

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