it is now time for "energy harvesting". these energy harvesting revolution will herald a new stream of engineering which demands interdisciplinary effort and knowledge. This will also trigger product innovation that will result in soultions hitherto "unknown" or not even though of ..!
a.saji you are correct enerygy should be utilized in proper manner. Getting cell phone charged with the help of shorts on the go is really very interesting and innovative technique this invention can end the frustration of mobile users left with flat batteries. All these inventions show how technology is moving so high but still more work is required in this invention
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.
@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.
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.
This is one of the best applications of energy harvesting I've seen. Imagine how much energy could be saved -- literally millions of people of every day could be charging their phones while the phones sit in their back pockets.
Glad you're excited about this TJ. ;) And good point that there is so much more that can be done with this. I think as it's just a prototype now, the fabric and technology can certainly be expanded in the future. And I just wrote a story that's not posted yet about researchers that developed electricity-conducting yarn that can be woven into fabric for all sorts of applications. So I think this type of clothing will become very popular in the future.
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?? ;)
Looking at the material description used in the laminates of the sleeping bag, I bet that it's very hot to sleep in (like sleeping in a plastic wrap). Guessing it doesn't breathe too well. Wonder if you'll able to harvest power from the odiferous smell of BO that builds up in it-?
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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