Looks like we’re getting closer to life as envisioned by science fiction writers. The fashion is getting there, at least. How about donning a shirt that generates power the more you wear it? This “power shirt” hails from Georgia Tech and could be used to power portable devices in the future (iPods, cell phones, etc).
Two layers of piezoelectric fibers rub against each other as you wear the shirt and move around. This activity generates energy! However, there’s a drawback: moisture. These power-generating nanowires can’t get wet, otherwise it could short the whole shirt.
So that cuts out washing machines and sweating…
Just imagine how effective it would have been if converted into sports clothing. This is obviously going to take some tweaking, but in the future this may actually be a product in the future “Power Aisle” of your local clothing store.