You're on fire
Why thank you....
No... YOU ARE ON FIRE!
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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 …
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?
>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.
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.
'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.
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?
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