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Scientists charged into the fashion industry this week, unveiling a flexible battery that can be woven into fabric and used to boost the juice of everyday gadgets. The lithium-ion cells were produced by a group of boffins from the Polytechnic School of Montreal. The team claims their bendy power cells are the first wearable …

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  1. Jacqui

    You're on fire

    Why thank you....

    No... YOU ARE ON FIRE!

    Arghh!

    [Ob Fantastic four ]

  2. Red Bren
    Mushroom

    Won't someone think of the security forces?

    Will it be, "We tasered this bloke in a funny shirt and he exploded, proving he was a terrorist!"

    Or maybe, "We tasered this bloke in a funny shirt and our taser exploded, proving he was a terrorist!"

    In our current paranoid climate, are you going to be able to get on a plane wearing one of these things?

    1. 404 Silver badge

      Gives "Don't tase me, Bro" a whole new meaning...

      Yep, that was my first thought - wonder if it would cause a feedback loop to El Taser? That could be funny, in a sideways view.

      :)

    2. JOKM
      FAIL

      Security Forces

      Its more likely going to be used to power torture implements such as 'shock gloves' or in bdsm with electro nipple tassels, although come to think of it they are somewhat usable in both arenas.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SHC

    So, a sudden rise in spontaneous human combustion imminent then!

  4. John I'm only dancing
    Joke

    Dry clean only?

    The post is required, and must contain letters.

  5. Paul_Murphy

    >We have enough power to emit a powerful distress signal or even save a life by

    > defibrillating a patient,"

    Wow, so a garment with a heart-rate detector and 'power-threads' (tm - I thought of it first!) makes an essential item for the elderly or those with heart problems.

    Combine that with a GPS and alert facility and grannys next jumper could be a life-saver.

    Neat.

    ttfn

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge
      Go

      Other possibilities.

      Imagine such fabrics woven or otherwise contained inside life vests so as to transmit distress signals EPIRB-style. Or perhaps arctic clothing capable of powering an emergency heater.

      Of course, what's to say this battery fabric needs to be on a person to be useful? Since fabric is all over the place, there is plenty of electrical potential beyond the wearable kind.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        genius!

        yes! curtains that generate an electric field to.... erm.... repel bad vibes/cosmic rays/free radicals or some other such new-age pseudo scientific nonsense. *rushes to patent*

  6. Pete the not so great
    Thumb Up

    Power dressing

    has a whole new meaning.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      +1

      That's the current fashion, yes.

      1. ItsNotMe
        Coat

        Can't wait...

        ...for those shocking new designs.

        1. M Gale
          Coat

          I'm sure..

          ...they'll sell like lightning.

  7. g e

    A boon to women everywhere!

    Prolonged vibrating knicker-lifetime!

  8. Lexxy
    Coat

    Pure electricity. In my pants.

    I tried this before they waterproofed it and I must say it was simply a shocking product.

  9. ian 22
    Alert

    Emit a powerful distress signal

    Yes, I think I would emit a powerful distress signal if I came in contact with "hundreds of volts".

    Wearable tasters, anyone?

  10. Oli 1
    Pirate

    not sure i want to wear something capable of collecting enough voltage to defibrilate someone.

  11. Steve Renouf
    Alert

    Hmmm....

    Remote control tasering anyone??

    <futureworld>

    Don't worry majesty, we have total control over the population since we started forcing them to all wear these clothes that allow us to remotely punish them for non-conformism!"

    </futureworld>

    Oh fuck! We're doomed!

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Scientists charged into the fashion industry this week"

    What's a scientist?

    "The lithium-ion cells were produced by a group of boffins"

    Oh I see, it's a funny word for boffin.

    1. Anonymous Coward 15
      Facepalm

      Oh

      Not *this* argument again.

  13. Christoph Silver badge

    Thermoplastic

    What happens when someone irons the shirt?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
      Coat

      Don't you just

      plug the iron into the shirt

      Mine is the one with "Danger, High Voltage" on the back

  14. Steve Knox
    Boffin

    'An entire garment woven from the battery material could produce "hundreds of volts"'

    You need to change your weave then. Consumers don't want hundreds of volts; they want 3-12 volts with thousands of millamp-hours. Run those battery fibers in parallel rather than series, come up with a body-heat powered charging system, and you might have a product.

  15. Olafthemighty
    Thumb Up

    2 questions...

    1) Is it waterproof and shark-friendly?

    2) Could it power a laser?

  16. Bassey

    Cool

    I do 24-hour walking races and it is a pain having "light-up" as the sun sets. Having the power and lights woven into my racing tops would be handy. If you could combine this with the fabrics that they say generate a charge from motion and I could power my GPS for the full 24-hours too.

    1. Darryl
      Joke

      And a display on the back so you could sell advertising to help pay for your expensive walking outfits!

      1. Bassey

        Re: Sell Advertising

        You know, that isn't such a terrible idea. People already wear adverts (any branded clothing is really just an advert). Today, people pay a premium in order to wear that advert. Why not have a system whereby I can receive a small fee for each "impression" with dynamic clothing?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          i'd happily take ski gloves

          that light up a "cigarette" while snowboarding, lighters on pistes are a bitch to use. and yes, even windproof ones start failing at -25

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          "...Why not have a system whereby I can receive a small fee for each "impression" with dynamic clothing?..."

          An "impression" presumably being registered every time someone comes up and smacks you in the mouth for having the GoCompare man, singing loudly on your shirt front?

  17. Evil Auditor Silver badge
    Devil

    Built-in taser?

    There needs to be a law to make wearing garments made from this fabric compulsory! Of course, with a radio receiver to control it. "Subject X didn't pay its taxes - send a gentle reminder."

  18. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
    Stop

    and not a single comment

    about the subheading being the worst El Reg pun in weeks?

    1. Anonymous IV
      Thumb Up

      @Phil O'Sophical

      Conversely, I thought the sub-head was the best I've seen for a long time!

      1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
        Happy

        well, worst pun is implicitly good...

  19. Old Handle
    Mushroom

    This just sounds incredibly dangerous. Surely if you punctured these clothes with anything conductive they would short out. Or if they were damaged and then got wet.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Built-in taser?

    Great way to make the creeps keep their hands off you while riding the bus or the metro....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Windows

      I find the best way to make the creeps keep their hands off you while riding the bus or the metro is to look creepy and touch-up the other passengers.

  21. Graham Bartlett
    Happy

    Danger danger! High voltage!

    When we touch, when we kiss!

    Good old Jack White, eh?

  22. Toastan Buttar
    Terminator

    Super Hero or Super Villain

    The Human Dynamo! Electro-Man! Able to stun his foes with a touch of his cuff-links.

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