Thursday, 28 January 2010
A little while ago I reported that Stanford University scientists had invented a paper battery using a carbon nano-tube ink. Now, according to the BBC, Yi Cui and his team at Stanford University have incorporated the technology into fabric. This means a cheap t-shirt can become an e-shirt with the integration of both a power source and electronics. There has been on going work in developing roll up displays which could see t-shirts with moving images common in the next few years. Alternatively t-shirts could power mobile telephones or MP3 players. The team believes wearable solar cells will probably be integrated in to the design, which when combined with more efficient versions of the battery technology could have wide ranging applications.