Scientists have created technology that would allow you to charge your cell phone in your pocket
David Carroll and his team from Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials created a technology that would allow you to charge your cell phone in your pocket. “It really started when my daughter, who was 11 at the time, said she wondered if there was a way you could charge a cell phone using the heat from your body” Carroll says. “My wife and I were on the phone a lot so our batteries were always dying down.” Then, from this idea, Carroll has been working for more than two years to develop the material.
A material that uses carbon nanotubes on a bed of plastic as conductors of electricity
Named Power Felt, the innovative technology is a material that uses carbon nanotubes on a bed of plastic as conductors of electricity. The product that looks and feels like fabric searches out warmth from the sun or your body heat to produce sufficient energy to recharge small electronic devices
PowerFelt: a power producing fabric developed at NANOTECH (courtesy Corey Hewitt)
Power Felt could drastically bring down the price of Thermoelectric Technology
Thermoelectric technology exists for years but it’s mostly been hampered by expensive materials that can cost up to $1,000 per kilogram. Carroll’s team was the first to do it so inexpensively. As the lead scientist on the project said, the material would cost about $1 to produce a cell phone cover.
The team now eventually like to extand the technology field to clothing and car interiors. Products made of the power felt could appear on the market in a couple of years.
Picture: A graduate student on Carroll’s team holds a piece of the Power Felt, which could soon be used to make cell phone cases – Courtesy of Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials