Friday December 11, 2015

Socks That Generate Electricity From Urine

Researchers from the University of the West of England have developed pee powered socks that can be used in case of emergency. What kind of emergency? Doesn't matter, if you are walking around in socks you peed in, that's an emergency all by itself. eek!

Aiming to make a self-sufficient, wearable device that works anywhere without additional power, the team created a manual foot pump inspired by how fish use involuntary muscles to circulate blood around their bodies. Instead of muscle, the pump uses flexible silicone tubes, which wrap under the heels and connect to bendy MFCs near the ankles. Each step taken squeezes and releases the tubes to pump the urine around.

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