Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) - Wearable Rechargers

Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED), a wearable recharging device proposed by CSIRO, has been selected for additional funding by the Australian military.


(Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED))

The device will have three components; advanced, conductive fabrics as part of the battery, vibration energy harvesting device and a rectifier/power management system to power soldiers’ electronic equipment.

According to CSIRO research scientist Dr. Adam Best:

"It will look like an ordinary garment but have extraordinary capabilities. As the person wearing the garment moves, the vibrations they create can be harvested and channeled into recharging the battery or powering plug-in electronic device or devices."

This is an admirable goal, but science fiction author Frank Herbert has already thought about this one. The stillsuit from his 1965 novel Dune also made use of the motions of the wearer for water-reclamation power:

The skin-contact layer is porous. Perspiration passes through it, having cooled the body. Motions of the body, especially breathing, and some osmotic action provide the pumping force. With a Fremen suit in good working order, you won't lose more than a thimbleful of moisture a day (Read more about Frank Herbert's stillsuit from Dune)

Via A$4.4 million for clever clothing.

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