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Researchers Create Fabric That Converts Body Heat Into Electricity [VIDEO]

Mashable Tech -- We’ve all heard of solar power and wind power, but researchers at Wake Forest are developing another alternative form of power: thermoelectrics. They’ve created a fabric — comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes — that can convert body heat into an electric charge.

The device, called Power Felt, uses temperature differences to create electricity.

“We waste a lot of energy in the form of heat. For example, recapturing a car’s energy waste could help improve fuel mileage and power the radio, air conditioning or navigation system,” graduate student Corey Hewitt Hewitt says.

How might we see Power Felt used in practical applications? The researchers say it could line car seats for a battery boost or line clothing garments to power devices that monitor performance or your iPod — among other uses


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golftellowcat
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 6:29:57 PM

old news
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will that help with the obesity issues? I.e. will it help ppl melt their fat reserves?
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 7:11:51 AM

Sounds good, got to start somewhere.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:25:29 AM

How soon do anticipate before 'power felt' to be an every day application?
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:14:16 AM

this is cool.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:13:27 AM

I'll put that suit on my "charge" card.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:12:45 AM

Cool another $1500 option for my 2015 car
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:12:08 AM

does it come with a plug ??
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:11:26 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:11:10 AM

So will we be able to purchase these devices soon?
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:08:45 AM

Didn't I see this on Star Trek sometime?
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Ok
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gives whole new meaning to the expression: "He is HOT STUFF !".
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:05:43 AM

Keep up the research!
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Not anytime soon.
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ok
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so
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:59:20 PM

car power from body heat??
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:58:09 PM

more science fiction
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This one made me laugh.
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:50:12 PM

Maybe it could help one stay warm & w/healing after surgery.
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They should deem this the Gas Buddy Rumour mill
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:45:48 PM

Interesting concept. But I doubt that it would create enough energy to power a computer for even a minute.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:44:51 PM

They could use it in DC to power the nation.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:43:37 PM

You know this stuff is not cost effective or we would see it everywhere.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:43:18 PM

The main heat source would be the hood...yayyy

[Edited by: carloco75 at 2/27/2012 11:44:13 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:37:49 PM

Cool idea!
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Awsumness...
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:34:33 PM

Very limited power.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:29:32 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:28:32 PM

Oh that's wonderful!!

This should help with lowering oil prices.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:27:09 PM

Might still be a long way off - but at least they are doing something to convert small amounts of heat to electricity.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:26:42 PM

Very interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:23:53 PM

Probably not as much as Japan will do with it..lol
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:22:03 PM

That's way cool!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:21:19 PM

wow run the radio???
could not power the AC no way
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:21:09 PM

research and technology rises again
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:18:31 PM

Cool. I remember from my schooling that the communication between neurons are through electricity.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:18:19 PM

COOL!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:17:33 PM

Sounds great. What will Detroit do with it?
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:15:10 PM

Could be shocking too!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:14:51 PM

That fiber would freeze you to death.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:13:30 PM

interesting...
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:13:22 PM

Every little bit helps. That would work well here in Las Vegas, I believe. We get enough heat to power our own city!!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:13:14 PM

Interesting
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Another Unicorn...
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OK
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