Body Heat Captured to Power Lightweight Wearables

Publication Title
Interesting Engineering
Publication/Creation Date
January 23 2019
Jessica Miley (creator)
Trisha Andrew (contributor)
Linden Allison (contributor)
Wearable Electronics Lab (Andrew Lab) (contributor)
University Of Massachusetts Amherst (contributor)
Advanced Materials Technologies (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Scientists from the University of Massachusetts have developed a fabric that can harvest body heat to power small wearable devices such as fitness trackers.

Materials chemist Trisha Andrew and her Ph.D. student Linden Allison have developed the fabric that uses the “thermoelectric” effect that occurs when there is a difference between body temperature and ambient cooler air.
The fabric has a high electrical conductivity and a low thermal conductivity which enables it to move electrical charges from a warm region toward a cooler one using this effect while many scientists have identified the heat from a human body as a possible source of power for wearables. 
HCI Platform
Location on Body
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Date archived
January 24 2019
Last edited
January 24 2019
How to cite this entry
Jessica Miley. (January 23 2019). "Body Heat Captured to Power Lightweight Wearables". Interesting Engineering. Interesting Engineering. Fabric of Digital Life.