Faculty at Stanford University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering are developing clothing capable of storing electricity to charge personal gadgets.

Faculty at Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering are developing clothing capable of storing electricity to charge personal gadgets. The engineers have already discovered how to transform fabrics and regular paper into lightweight batteries by coating them with ink laced with microscopic tubes of carbon.

Dr.Cui, a researcher working on the project, believes that a piece of cloth weighing about the same as a T-shirt could hold up to three times more energy than a mobile phone battery. This is partially because the nanotubes are powered by electrostatic storage, as opposed to conventional batteries, which are powered by chemicals stored within.

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