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Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on creating fibers, that could be used in clothing, to generate electrical current from the motion of the wearer. The research uses zinc oxide nanowires to cover the fabric fibers, and as the nanowires move together they generate small amounts of current due to what is known as "the piezoelectric effect." Researchers anticipate fibers could be woven into curtains, tents, and other items to capture sound vibration and wind motion and turn them into energy as the fabric moves or vibrates.

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 02:40 pm CST

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