New technology has come out with promising revolutions in the way we interact with our devices. The new tech is clothing that can help to either work alongside different wearable tech pieces, or effectively become their own, integrated right into the clothing. Researchers at the University of Binghampton, NY have been looking into transforming stretchable fabrics into having the ability to generate electricity. This will likely be for the purpose of future wearable electronics.
The technology could potentially use energy storing bacteria in human sweat, that would be evenly distributed throughout the fabric. This is known as a biobattery. According to the report done by the university, “This biobattery would run wearable electronics such as smartwatches, plus an array of medical sensors with which to monitor different body conditions such as temperature, pulse, etc., as some of the most important applications.” Profesor Seokheun Choi, one of the leads on the project stated that “If we consider that humans possess more bacterial cells than human cells in their bodies, the direct use of bacterial cells as a power resource interdependently with the human body is conceivable for wearable electronics.”
They have been researching microbial fuel cell technology which is one of the primary factors in the product. The professor continued to state that “There is a clear and pressing need for flexible and stretchable electronics that can be easily integrated with a wide range of surroundings to collect real-time information and those electronics must perform reliably even while intimately used on substrates with complex and curvilinear shapes, like moving body parts or organs. We considered a flexible, stretchable miniaturized bio-battery as a truly useful energy technology because as a truly useful energy technology because of their sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly capabilities.”