• Charge Your iPhone... With a Cotton Ball?

    For several months, we've covered worthwhile developments in the world of prospective solar-powered iPhone chargers. Incredible but true, a renewable, green resource may still prove the ultimate charging mechanism for our mobile gadgets like the iPhone and iPod. The unusual resource in question? A wad of cotton.

    Scientists are reporting the development of cotton threads capable of conducting electricity as efficiently and safely as metal wire. The potential benefits, of course, are plentiful, like the ability to charge mobile devices via the cotton-based clothing we wear. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous. But a team of researchers captained by Cornell University Assistant Professor Juan Hinestroza say cotton can conduct electricity and the possible impact of the discovery could be monumental.

    In an interview with UPI, Hinestroza said:

    We can definitively have sections of a traditional cotton fabric becoming conductive, hence a great myriad of applications can be achieved. Previous technologies have achieved conductivity, but the resulting fiber becomes rigid and heavy. Our new techniques make our yarns friendly to further processing, such as weaving, sewing and knitting.
    So new is the development that its virtually impossible to fathom or visualize how this technological advancement can (or will) be manifested into affordable consumer products in the near future. But this weekend, the above discovery will be on live display at the annual Cornell Design League Fashion Show in Ithaca, N.Y. As it stands, a "solar-powered" dress showing off the technology will be unveiled.
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