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"Power felt" will allow your clothes to get electricity from you and the environment to power your devices

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Technology has evolved so much in recent years - smartphones have brought a huge computing power to our pockets but one thing that has remained relatively unchanged throughout those years are batteries. Our handsets now can hardly last a full day and we’re looking for the charger way too often.

But this might change drastically in the near future with the advent of a new technology, thermoelectric fabric. Developed by David Carroll, a nanotechnologist, and his research group at Wake Forest University, this is a type of flexible fabric that produces electricity from heat or movement. Carroll calls is “power felt.”

What makes this technology different is the fact that unlike most materials used in thermodynamics, the power felt is extremely flexible, it’s practically indistinguishable from regular fabric.

And it turn heat from everywhere into electricity that you can use to power up your devices. And by everywhere we mean literally everywhere - from your body, the sun, a camp fire.

Unlike other technologies, it simultaneously draws power from both vibrations and movement so your t-shirt flapping in the wind would also generate electricity.

But what about price? That’s the greatest part of it all. The “power felt” fabric is extremely affordable, practically free so it’d cost somewhere around a dollar to make a smartphone case of it. It’s planned to be worn and gives one milliwatt per square centimeter.

And while might not be a whole lot, it’s definitely a great supplement to conventional batteries, don’t you think?

source: Business Insider

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:21 5

1. nobelset (Posts: 268; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


HOLY... FFFSHIJKiifjgngjkdmdkkjk

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:21 9

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Shut up and take my money!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 06:21 2

14. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


and my clothes :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:25 3

3. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


inovative ..... but i want to know how rain effect this thing

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:15 1

11. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


liquipel to the rescue! now thats 2 achievements, energy for your phone and anti-rain clothes wow!

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 06:22

15. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


now there will be IP57 certified clothes and undergarments.!!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:44 1

4. naveenstuns (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


seems interesting :O

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:00 2

5. roobs (Posts: 51; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


But will the clothes be as washable and durable as we have nowadays?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:32 4

6. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Al: "Why are you all wrapped up? It's a hot summer day."
Bob: "I'm charging my phone and tablet."

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 14:09

7. amats69 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


cooooooooooolllll!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:23

8. MartianMe (unregistered)


i actually thought of something like this years ago ;)

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 06:23

16. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


now only if u had patented it

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:33 2

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yes i could light my room from static elec sparks from blanket in winters. STUPID. This is like catching fish in a Pee Puddle

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:46

10. trexnkrumpets (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


What would happen if you wrapped this around wheels? Bottom of shoes, etc. (movement + vibrations/minute = ?miliwatt output?)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:22

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1579; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


"In other news Apple files patent for iFelt"

...Product is never produced or heard of again

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:53 1

13. thequota (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


make a case out of it and your phone over heats extra battery life!

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