– micro-power, prototyping, materials science, MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
The PowerSuit is a micro-energy harnessing shirt that functions based on temperature differentials between a persons skin and the outside environment. I am thinking of the skin as an activated landscape that can be used for micro-power generation.
The idea is to consider small increments of energy as useful towards a specific purpose such as lighting safety LED's while running at night time on cold days.
Fundamentally, this is a shift in how peope consider energy. Rather than constantly striving for tools and devices that are more powerful and less energy efficient, why not consider using small amounts of energy not typically utilized, and put towards more efficient devices such as LED lighting.
This project is the beginning of an exploration in materials structures that yield micro-power through temperature differentials. Imagine a material impregnated with this technology that could be applied to surfaces that will consistently harness small amounts of energy.