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

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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17 Comments

1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

HOLY... FFFSHIJKiifjgngjkdmdkkjk

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Shut up and take my money!

14. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

and my clothes :)

3. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

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

11. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

15. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

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

4. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

seems interesting :O

5. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

cooooooooooolllll!!!

8. MartianMe unregistered

i actually thought of something like this years ago ;)

16. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

now only if u had patented it

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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

10. trexnkrumpets

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

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

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"In other news Apple files patent for iFelt" ...Product is never produced or heard of again

13. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

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

17. chec703

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

Why isn't this in stores yet and if so where can I get one

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