The University of Texas, Dallas has been infusing carbon-nanotubes into wearable batteries that can then be used to charge iPhones, iPads or iPods.
The process is complex, but the benefits are definitely clear. According to Ray Baughman, who directs the research program, the team has been producing a fabric that can effectively generate and store its own electricity. In addition to being able to store this power, however, the shirt is also expected to be able to transmit that energy to peripheral devices like iPhones, meaning that wearers would rarely have to worry about running out of juice on the go. And as if that weren’t enough, the fabric the wearable batteries are made out of would also be surprisingly resistant to washing.
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