Nano-Fibers Could Be Woven Into Clothes, Generate Power While You Walk - HotHardware
Nano-Fibers Could Be Woven Into Clothes, Generate Power While You Walk

Nano-Fibers Could Be Woven Into Clothes, Generate Power While You Walk

Energy creation has been a huge, huge matter over the past few years. Researchers have turned to "green power" in order to generation electricity from varied renewable resources, but one area that has stumped science for awhile now is the ability to harness energy from movements that we make every day. Imagine if a roadway could generate energy simply by the heat and friction felt from tires passing over it. What if a battery pack on your body could harness energy from friction produced in your gait? The latter is becoming closer and closer to reality, all thanks to innovative research happening at UC Berkeley.

Researchers at the university have recently made great strides in producing microscopic fibers that can "produce electricity from simple body motions such as bending, stretching and twisting." The cords look a lot like tiny fishing lines, and in theory, they could be woven into fabric and used to enhance clothing that we already wear into energy harnessing garb. Unfortunately, the tech is at least 3 years out from being found in your local clothier, but these nano-fibers could have a huge impact in the consumer and military realm. The U.S. government has reportedly taken interest, supposedly because soldiers wearing uniforms made from this would have to carry a lot less battery equipment to power very simple, but very vital, devices on their person.


Of course, efficiency is still an issue of concern here. It would take around 100000 fibers to produce enough power to keep a watch going, and a million fibers to power an iPod. But when you considering that one million fibers bundled together would only be about the size of a sand grain, it's easy to see that there really could be something here worth pursuing. Moreover, these fibers are flexible and resistant to heat and chemicals, so it would be possible to have these even in jogging suits and you could wash them without worrying about destroying anything.

Maybe the bionic human we've all dreamed about is a new outfit away. 
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I freaking love engineering. Taking kinetic energy and transferring it to potential energy will be a task when you try and integrate it into something like this. I think I remember a while ago how one scientist wanted to put pressure plates under the concrete sidewalks and asphalt roads, and every time it would come under pressure that energy would be stored.

Now the only question that remains is whether or not we'll be using more energy to create the fibers than the fibers themselves can potentially create.

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Very good points of discussion Marius. The pressure plates you mention if I recall correctly were and will be used at least initially in super market or grocery store parking lots. When they are actively used they supply a large or at least considerable part of the power for given real estate establishment or market place. Then you throw some solar on it as well and it would seem that at least 50% of that establishment's energy need would be provided for free.

This would be a considerable savings for the proprietor as well as the world in general. Placing these things on a widespread basis would truly impact the world in a positive fashion. Although I am sure the power providers are not very happy about it in general as it takes away a very large portion of there capitalization.

This is talking about using your own body and daily actions for your personal power source. This is definitely related to those things but on a much smaller yet more important area though.

If you put this in a future perspective it is a very relative thing to us as beings as well as the world in general. I think it will also as the plate's have a large impact. Think about pressure plates in shoes, human body utilization for all personal devices etc. Then you look at the smart phones, Tablets, laptops and other mobile media producing devices.

You would be your won little mobile power plant. The other utilization's such as hydrogen batteries for soldiers are going to revolutionize many things. This I think is the field to watch as it will change the whole world picture in many ways.

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I saw a quote earlier today Rapid that said, "We are entering an era limited only by our imagination."

It got me all giddy.

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Bedsheets+Viagra+wife= Free power to watch Leno!

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Rofl, Anim.

I just opened this to say that someone needs to weave a shirt for the girl in the article icon.

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3vi1:
I just opened this to say that someone needs to weave a shirt for the girl in the article icon.
Sorry, 3vi1, but I'm completely against your idea.

 

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LoL!

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Or they could just weave them into her pants,...Put her in a Sir-Mix-Alot video then she can power my PlayStation :P

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