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    ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2012) Never get stranded with a dead cell phone again. A promising new technology called Power Felt, a thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current, soon could create enough juice to make another call simply by touching it.
    Developed by researchers in the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, Power Felt is composed of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric. The technology uses temperature differences -- room temperature versus body temperature, for instance -- to create a charge.
    Their research appears in the current issue of Nano Letters, a leading journal in nanotechnology.
    "We waste a lot of energy in the form of heat. For example, recapturing a car's energy waste could help improve fuel mileage and power the radio, air conditioning or navigation system," says researcher and Wake Forest graduate student Corey Hewitt. "Generally thermoelectrics are an underdeveloped technology for harvesting energy, yet there is so much opportunity."
    Potential uses for Power Felt include lining automobile seats to boost battery power and service electrical needs, insulating pipes or collecting heat under roof tiles to lower gas or electric bills, lining clothing or sports equipment to monitor performance, or wrapping IV or wound sites to better track patients' medical needs.
    "Imagine it in an emergency kit, wrapped around a flashlight, powering a weather radio, charging a prepaid cell phone," says David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. "Power Felt could provide relief during power outages or accidents."
    Cost has prevented thermoelectrics from being used more widely in consumer products.
    Standard thermoelectric devices use a much more efficient compound called bismuth telluride to turn heat into power in products including mobile refrigerators and CPU coolers, but researchers say it can cost $1,000 per kilogram. Like silicon, they liken Power Felt's affordability to demand in volume and think someday it could cost only $1 to add to a cell phone cover.
    Currently, 72 stacked layers in the fabric yield about 140 nanowatts of power. The team is evaluating several ways to add more nanotube layers and make them even thinner to boost the power output.
    Although there's more work to do before Power Felt is ready for market, Hewitt says, "I imagine being able to make a jacket with a completely thermoelectric inside liner that gathers warmth from body heat, while the exterior remains cold from the outside temperature. If the Power Felt is efficient enough, you could potentially power an iPod, which would be great for distance runners. It's definitely within reach."[/release]

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...cience+News%29

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    That would be pretty awesome. Wireless phone charging? Fuck yeah.

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    Stick it to the outside of a electric motor after continual use, long distance volts.

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    Is using your body heat to charge your phone putting you at risk of Hypothermia?
    More at 11
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    Heat to electricity? How the shit?
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    If that works, i'd be the mobile human phone charger, i'm ALWAYS warm. i'd probably start charging. INB4 2 bucks for a phone recharge.
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    And then we overheat our phones to warm ourselves up. Infinite energy.

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    Fleshlights become batteries.
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    I could stick it by my crotch and it will recharge in a couple seconds.
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    I don't trust having tiny robots inside of me. They could multiply and cause "grey goo".
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    Place one in my asshole after i eat a few hot peppers and i could power my house.    I'm aware that hot peppers aren't really hot at all, just capsaicin burns the skin making a hot feel.    
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    I don't trust having tiny robots inside of me. They could multiply and cause "grey goo".
    I've had two or three grey goo nightmares. Fucking scary concept.
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    I don't trust having tiny robots inside of me. They could multiply and cause "grey goo".
    Oh look it's this argument again...

    Would it mean something if I said that the guy who came up with the theory claims he regrets ever even mentioning the idea because of how idiotic it sounds to himself now.
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    Ultimate source of power.

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    Use your heat to power your phone which uses some of the energy to make heat to provide more energy
    Infinite energy
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    Use your heat to power your phone which uses some of the energy to make heat to provide more energy
    Infinite energy
    Reminds me of that picture where this guy plugged a power strip into itself for "infinite energy"

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    Make this is mass scale, stick it in the middle of Arizona.

    BOOM. Instant forever-power
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    Make this is mass scale, stick it in the middle of Arizona.

    BOOM. Instant forever-power
    The technology uses temperature differences -- room temperature versus body temperature, for instance -- to create a charge.

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    Pipe water under the fabric, with one side facing the sun?

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    Intentionally get sick by getting coughed on, give yourself a fever for faster charging.

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    Place one in my asshole after i eat a few hot peppers and i could power my house.    I'm aware that hot peppers aren't really hot at all, just capsaicin burns the skin making a hot feel.    
    It doesn't burn the skin. It is a chemical that can permeate into the cell through its membrane and causes depolarization of the neuron that sends a signal to the brain which is the same signal as if you were being burned or hurt in a way.

    It isn't actually causing the damage, it is simulating the damage.
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    Ultimate source of power.

    What really happened in Chernobyl.
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    2012: People use their body heat to power their devices.
    2027: Chief of security is forced to munch on candy bars to punch people.
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