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Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearables

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearables

Aug 24, 2017 United States
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios.
Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Aug 17, 2017 United Kingdom
Supercapacitors promise recharging of phones and other devices in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours for batteries. But current technologies are not usually flexible, have insufficient capacities, and for many their performance quickly degrades with charging cycles.
Flexible batteries power the future of wearable technology

Flexible batteries power the future of wearable technology

Aug 15, 2017 United Kingdom
The rapid development of wearable technology has received another boost from a new development using graphene for printed electronic devices.
Be your own battery

Be your own battery

Jul 28, 2017 United States
Researchers are developing a revolutionary technology that will allow people to act as their own "power source" by wearing clothing such as "smart" shirts and shoes that harvest and store electricity.
Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul 27, 2017 United States
Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down.
Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitors

Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitors

Jul 5, 2017 China
To make supercapacitors fit for future electrics demands like, for example, wearables and paper electronics researchers are searching for ways to endow them with mechanical flexibility.
Screen-printed batteries for renewables on the way

Screen-printed batteries for renewables on the way

Jun 29, 2017 Australia
Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality.
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors

Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors

May 26, 2017 6 United States
Nanoengineers have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics.
Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearables

Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearables

Feb 20, 2017 India
Wearable electronics are here — the most prominent versions are sold in the form of watches or sports bands. But soon, more comfortable products could become available in softer materials made in part with an unexpected ingredient: green tea.
Researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells

Researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells

Nov 28, 2016 United States
Researchers are making strides in material development that may open up new possibilities for thin, wearable electronics and other vital power applications.
Supercapacitor that can be charged by human body heat

Supercapacitor that can be charged by human body heat

Nov 17, 2016 1 United States
This innovative supercapacitor allows charging to be completed using thermal energy in addition to the traditional electrical charging method for capacitors.