Monday, December 28, 2009

Nanotubes + ink + paper = instant battery

Dip an ordinary piece of paper into ink infused with carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires, and it turns into a battery or supercapacitor. Crumple the piece of paper, and it still works. Stanford researcher Yi Cui sees many uses for this new way of storing electricity.

4 comments:

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

i can see powered t shirt tags, shoelaces, and even thumbnails going into the future. amazin'.

Alex Cull said...

I agree, this is amazing; IMO, just the sort of technology that looks like it will have 1001 uses. A few of which will be blindingly obvious only when someone has just made millions patenting and marketing them! This is definitely one to watch.

Neal Asher said...

Jacket, solar cells across the shoulders, all you mobile tech simply charged up in the pocket, integral heaters etc.

Thing is, stuff about power storage is what I keep my eyes on. We've got the tech now that needs small energy-dense power supplies.

Maybe, with LCD tech, a real E-book. You select a book on the internet, it powers up your book giving it a cover, and all the text inside on paper pages.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

its no longer going to be bumper to bumper, but shoulder to shoulder commuting.