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Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing

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Rob Spiegel
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Clothing for a new generation
Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 12:01:28 PM
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Pretty fantastic stuff, Elizabeth. I wonder if you can put it in the dryer or the washer. I wonder what it feels like on the skin. Right off the bat, I predict it will be adopted by those in their late teens and early twenties and shuned by those older than 40.

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This is fun
Ann R. Thryft   7/22/2013 8:17:28 PM
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Thanks, Elizabeth, this is fun and a wonderful application of energy harvesting. Although I don't think I'd want to wear it because of artificial fabrics feel weird.

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Summary of the state of the art
TJ McDermott   7/23/2013 3:14:37 AM
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Elizabeth, this is another step in the combining of power with clothing.  DN published quite a number of articles of a similar nature.  I respectfully suggest an article collecting the titles (with links) to all the stories in the past 12-18 months might prove interesting to readers?

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Elizabeth M   7/23/2013 5:36:16 AM
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Yes, Rob, we old folks may not want to experiment with something that wouldn't be so comfortable, but this could really take off with the younger kids, who are more likely to adopt the latest and coolest fashion and technology crazes, no matter what the comfort level.

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Elizabeth M   7/23/2013 5:38:11 AM
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Yes, TJ, you're right. I was actually thinking of this article I just wrote when I was researching the yarn one: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=265384

Actually, a slideshow of the technologies might be a good idea, too, as well as a feature that highlights all of the various technologies, as you suggest.

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Charles Murray   7/24/2013 7:57:22 PM
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Good points, Rob. And what happens if you take it to the gym and saturate it with sweat?

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Rob Spiegel   7/25/2013 8:50:53 AM
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Good question, Chuck. Or even if you get caught in a rainstorm.  I've been caught twice in heavy rainstorms in just the past two weeks, and I live in a desert that is in the middle of a drought.

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Charles Murray   7/25/2013 8:54:26 PM
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I agree, Liz. The timing is right for an energy harvesting slideshow.

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Energy Harvesting
apresher   7/25/2013 9:09:44 PM
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It's amazing the number of energy harvesting technologies that are emerging.  Many will probably never make an impact but the promise of energy harvesting is certainly a powerful lure that will keep new ideas and hopefully some significant successes.

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Elizabeth M   7/30/2013 6:55:51 AM
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Yes, it's amazing, Al, but I think that more may make an impact than we think in this case. Energy harvesting, because it's so simple in concept, I think had the potential to make an impact more than other technology areas, in my opinion. So even though it's true that so many technologies that are researched and developed don't make it out of the lab, I think energy harvesters will have a bit of a bigger real-world play. I guess we will see!

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