Vodafone says the Power Shorts will harvest energy from the wearer's movements to recharge a cellphone battery. The shorts are lined with an energy-harvesting material that uses voids, or holes inside the material, to create an electrical charge. (Source: Vodafone)
vimalkumarp, I remember you mentioning this thesis topic awhile ago in commenting on one of my aerospace material articles. We'd be very interested in hearing more about the project when you can share.
@Elizabeth: I am working on a project similar to the one you mentioned, energy harvesting on planes. My PhD thesis is on Structrual health monitoring of aircrafts using wireless sensor networks which are powered by energy harvestign solutions. Yes there are many similarities in this and my work. Thanks a lot for mentioning this.
That sounds really interesting, vimalkumarp. Do you happen to be working on this project that I wrote about: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=262725
What you're doing sounds really similar. You didn't comment on that story so maybe you didn't read it. Would love to hear your perspective about it, especially if your work is similar. I think this area really has potential.
Well I as avoiding the topic, TJ, Chuck and JimT, but I will agree! The "charging the voids" placement and explanation is a bit odd! But I imagine because they were showing the back of the shorts and the pocket, it made sense at the time. (Though I suppose they also got a chuckle out of it.) Now let's put this one to rest, shall we?? ;)
Ha, JimT, now that might be an idea! You could be right about that, but I imagine in tests the designers would figure that out and make appropriate changes? One would hope anyway! If it's too uncomfortable, it will never go over very well.
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