Breast Motion Power Harvesting iPod-Charging Bra

Is it possible for a bra to harvest the energy of breast motion? Slate writer Adrienne So was determined to find out, and she asked a number of researchers that Technovelgy readers already know about.

She describes her epiphany this way:

Then one day recently I had an idea. As I rode public transportation to the office, my messenger bag slung uncomfortably across my chest, I thought, "Why not put the girls to work?" Human-powered devices are showing up everywhere.. The time seemed perfect—perhaps even overdue!—for a bra that could harness the untapped power of breast motion.

The physical parameters of the problem are suggestive of the potential of breast energy; breasts move along three different axes: side to side, front to back and up and down. Bigger breasts have greater potential to generate power.

But how to parasitize this neglected energy source? So asked Professor Zhong Lin Wang about the possibilities of his research on zinc oxide nanowire textile fibers (read more at Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide Nanowire Fashions For Spring); is a nano-under-wire bra possible? "Bras would be ideal," he said. "There is a lot of friction and movement in that general area. And the fabric would be thick."

She also asked Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania about the possibility of applying the principles of his Backpack Generator [which] Harnesses Power Of Walking. Rome conceded that with the right body type, a linear generator just might work, though he warned it "probably wouldn't be very comfortable."

Smaller breasted women might want to go with the solar-powered bra created by Triumph International of Japan.

As far as I know, Frank Herbert never thought about breast motion as a way to power the stillsuits from his epic masterpiece Dune, saying simply that "Motions of the body, especially breathing, and some osmotic action provide the pumping force..."

Via Victoria's Circuit: Harnessing the untapped power of breast motion.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 6/25/2008)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 2 )

Related News Stories - (" Engineering ")

Zero Mass 'Vaporators' Pull Drinking Water From The Air
Did you think of Star Wars?

Integrated Circuits Printed Right Onto Fabric!
'...a shirt that displayed email on its sleeve. - Margaret Atwood, 2003.

Drones Guided By The Mind Alone
'His treads left no tracks upon the floor...' - Clifford Simak, 1961.

3D Printed Artificial Muscles Are Stronger Than Yours
Bots don't need to work out.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Orwell's Memory Hole Looms Larger Thanks To Nvidia
'All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'

Pipefish Robot Checks Pipes Cheap
Just like capsule endoscopy, but for bigger pipes. That go underground.

Nifty New SDS Space Debris Sensor For ISS
'Their radars... could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'

NanoRacks Space Station Module Concept Validated
Space junk into space architecture.

Nuclear Drones Could Fly For Years
'I sent my eyes on their rounds and tended my gallery of one hundred-thirty changing pictures...'

SciFiQ Science Fiction Writing Aid
'Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.'

Robot Only Faster, Not Better, At Recycling
'Whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window.'

Poland Starts With 1000 Warmate 'Suicide Drones'
'Royal Security had told the pods to electrocute you or blast you into chum.'

Dream Of Building Your Own Rocket?
Fiorello Bodoni, you inspire all of us.

Zero Mass 'Vaporators' Pull Drinking Water From The Air
Did you think of Star Wars?

Elon Musk Fears A 'Fleet-Wide Hack' Of Autonomous Vehicles
'Khan grinned. 'It's alive! Bu-wahhahahah!''

China Melts Tibetan Permafrost To Plant Forest
'Can you give us a microwave spotlight?'

iFlytek Doctor Robot First To Pass Medical Exams
Doctor shortage? No problem, we'll just use the autodoc.

Slaughterbot AI KIller Quadcopter Drones
'The real border was defended by... a swarm of quasi-independent aerostats.'

Do We Really Want Backflipping Robots?
Also includes wonderful blooper reel.

RNA-Based Biocomputing Device
Living things can sense and analyze complex signals in living cells.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.