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Kirigami, a Stretchable Battery

In my last article we looked at options to make electronics more elastic and stretchable. But what about the batteries we need to energize stretchable electronics? Traditional batteries are far way from being elastic, to stretch even a tiny little bit. A possible solution for stretchable batteries comes from a team of researcher at the…

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Wearable Power – are we there yet?

The short answer is – NO. Wearable Power is one of the hot topics for Wearable Electronic research and development. The dream for unlimited power on the go is as old as our relation with portable, personal and now wearable devices. A few years ago I have spend a considerable amount of time to hunt down…

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String Battery

In sewing, strings of various thickness and stiffness are used for piping, a type of trim inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a garment or bag. A team of researcher at LG Chem seems to add another function to the piping: they developed a Li-Ion battery in string form…

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Walking the wearable power talk – Power generating shoe

Following the steady stream of wearable power research brings up on a fairly regular basis new developments in this field. The latest, highly interesting wearable power concept is based on the piezoelectric effect and the mechanical energy generated by walking. But there is a unique twist in this particular power-walk research carried out by researcher…

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Human Dynamo Jacket

Wearable Power, the all time favorite of the wearable technology community, keeps on inspiring people to find ways of making use of the many Watt’s a human body produces at any time of the day. Estimates go as high as about 130 Watt’s potentially usable to transform from kinetic energy into electrical energy. The highest…

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Electrifying Fabrics

Wearable power is on the top of my search list and each time I stumble across news out of the research kitchen I can not help but to share the latest news. Undeniable, wearable power, using materials that act and look like ordinary fabric that either generates or stores electrical energy will ultimately be THE…

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Power Felt – a wearable power generator

Imagine your clothing charges all your smart devices by just putting them into a pocket. Imagine you do not have to do anything to generate the electrical power – no need to run around, just sit there and let the magic happen. Sounds like alien technology from the latest SciFi flick but thanks to nano…

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Charging up Smart Fabrics with a woven battery

Wearable Power, the seamless, unobtrusive integration of electrical power storage or generation into woven structures – speak fabrics – is a highly active area in wearable tech research and development. A team of scientists at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada led by Maksim Skorobogatiy has joined the race for wearable power with a highly…

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SLIVER cells on the wearable solar power horizon

Researcher at the Australian National University developed what seems a new generation of thin, flexible solar panels called SLIVER Cell. The SLIVER cells are not thicker than a sheet of paper of human hair, making them extremely light weight and flexible. For me the most interesting development is the ‘bifacial’ design meaning these wearable solar…

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Are we there yet with printing solar cells?

On a fairly regular bases news out of research around solar power by making solar cells more efficient, less expensive and preferable let them attach or print onto any surface pop up in the news. Especially around the sunny summer time such news gain weight as anyone hanging out under the sun these days can…

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Cellphone charging on the go

Getting an unlimited stream of power for smart pocket devices while on the go is on top of the wish-list of billions, regardless where one lives, in the urban jungle or in the forest jungle. Wearable power, how to make good electrical use of all the kinetic energy people generate as by-product while going, running…

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Powertex gives power mobility a new meaning

A group of students at the Aalborg University in Denmark won the ‘Future Textiles International Prize Competition 2011′ for their design of a fabric capable to charge any mobile device by just placing the device on that futuristic textile. Called Powertex, industrial design students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang aim…

Wearable power: the mighty force of nano technology

The hot contested wearable power sector looks like to get a massive power boost with the Power Flex, a piezoelectric nano wire generator developed by Professor Zhong Lin Wang, director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization at Georgia Tech. Last time we posted about Professor Zhong Lin Wang’s wearable power research, he worked on nano…

Wearable Power – the body as power station

Next to interactive gloves, wearable power is coming into the news on a regular, frequent basis. The latest news I picked up is based on research work at the University of Southampton where scientists aim to generate energy through people’s movement. In theory human motion generates an estimated 67 watts of energy with each step….

Graphene OPV – wearable sun-power within reach?

Professor Chongwu Zhou and his team of researcher at the University of Southern California produced flexible transparent carbon atom films that have great potential for a new breed of solar cells suitable to be integrated into garments. Graphene OPV (organic photovoltaics) has been on the research agenda for a couple of years as means to…

Power walking

Innovators keep on searching restlessly for ways to use the huge amount of energy we are generating while going after our daily business. Especially while walking a great amount of energy is generated with each step we take, a fascinating but technically very challenging wearable power area many have tried to explore. A recently news…

Wearable power uniform for soldiers

News about wearable power become a regular weekly topic on talk2myshirt as we have again found information of a new development in this field. Britain’s Ministry of Defense awarded a research grant to Intelligent Textiles Limited, a British company specializing in wearable technology, to develop power fabrics that can power radios and other combat equipment…

Fiber Nanogenerators power up our future clothing

On a fairly regular basis researchers publish new findings around power generating textiles, a topic highly interesting for the wearable electronic community. This time engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, created energy generating nanofibers that could one day be woven into textiles. The nano-sized generators work on the ‘piezoelectric’ principle, converting kinetic energy through…

Wafer-thin plastic stores electricity

A recently published scientific development from researcher at the Imperial College London looks like another stepping stone towards wearable power. The scientists created a super-capacitor in a flexible form by sandwiching a glass-fiber layer between two layers of carbon fibers which are covered with electricity conducting resign. Super-capacitor, widely used in electronic products, have the…

Conductive Energy Textiles

Scientists at Stanford University, CA join the race for wearable power by developing ink from single-walled carbon nanotubes. According to the scientists, everyday textiles like Cotton or Polyester fabrics can be electrified with an extremely simple “dipping and drying” process resulting in eTextiles with an excellent ability to store electricity. Conductive ink impregnated textiles retain…

Wearable power – Dancepants

Wearable, limitless power for ‘on the go’ personal deceives is the dream of many. Batteries usually run out at just the wrong moment, in the middle of a phone call, while tweeting or when the motivational music is most needed. A lot of research and experimentation is done to realized this dream but sometimes the…

Wearable Power – battery made from from algae cellulose

Soft, flexible, wearable power is the stuff many scientist are working on, not only for the wearable electronic community as many other applications like to use bendable, sustainable, power providing sources for our devices on the go. A group of scientist at the Uppsala University in Sweden led by scientist Albert Mihranyan try to develop…

Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff fashion generate wearable power

Generating alternative power on-the-go to keep up with the increasingly sophisticated but insanely power hungry electronic gadgets in our pockets much research and development resources have been devoted to this topic. A highly interesting approach to wearable, on-the-go power generation comes from XS Labs, a team of researcher and artists founded by Joanna Berzowska to…

Wearable Power design contest by Ardica

Wearable power-module manufacturer Ardica invites the wearable (power) electronic community to the design contest ‘Power to the People‘. Design professionals, students and all forward thinkers into the hot fashion future are challenged to come up with designs for interactive clothing designed around Ardica’s revolutionary new wearable power technology. Registration is open now, the guidelines can…

The FLAP Bag project brings light and power to rural Africa

A remarkable project spearheaded by Pop!Tech in collaboration Sheila Kennedy creator of the Portable Light Project and Timbuk2, a custom bag company in San Francisco is the FLAP Bag which “enables the world’s poorest people to create and own energy harvesting textiles, providing the benefits of renewable power as an integral part of everyday life”….

The future of wearable power – printable batteries?

Wearable power, one of the hottest researched topics in the wearable electronic field got another boost from researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems EANS together with colleagues from TU Chemnitz and Menippos GmbH. The research team led by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Baumann developed batteries that can be printed using a silk-screen…

Wearable Electronic science – printed power

Wearable power, a highly researched topic for wearable electronics and many other application field got another faced: supercapacitors made up of a gel electrolyte sandwiched between two carbon-nanotube electrodes, could be created by using existing ink-jet printing methods. Capacitors and batteries both store electrical energy with the difference that capacitors provide rapid bursts of power…

Wearable knee power generator

Wearable power is a hot research item which got high profile sponsorship last year with the Wearable Power Price from the Department of Defense. The Electricity generating knee brace from a team of researchers of the University of Michigan has demonstrated one concept of how to harvest the power humans produce during physical activities as…

Wearable wrist power

If you are a professional talker on a cell-phone or walkie-talkie you might be interested into the Wrist Band Portable Battery from Chinavasion. Although this power wristband might not be something a fashionista want’s to be seen with it might be handy for above mentioned professionals where performance (in this case up to 3 hours…