It is well known undertaking regular exercise is very beneficial to us, not only does it help with eliminating toxins and regenerating cells, it also brings us other benefits which we will try to explore throughout this article.
Practicing sport is an activity involving physical movement which can induce sweat. Sweating is generally seen as an unpleasant situation which we try to avoid, or mitigate by wearing specific tissue types which have been specifically developed for exercising.
However, a research team has recently detected the presence of a bacteria in our sweat from which they hypothesized that we could generate electricity for small-load-requiring applications, such as recharging our phone battery.
In order to understand the logic behind this, let’s have a look at the sweating process. When we undertake a physical activity, there are glands located in different areas within our body that release sweat, these are known as eccrine.
Another reason for sweating would be due to overstress where our body would release sweat from apocrine glands; this is not relevant for this application, but being able to recognize the difference between the two is important. Sweat produced by the eccrine glands is mainly composed of water and a conductive electrolyte which is important for this application.
The innovative aspect of this application is within the integrated circuits in the socks which are charged by bacteria. The circuits are stretchable and can shape to our bodies which allow for the maximum possible charging, for example this advanced tool can charge a LED bulb in 20 minutes.
This application can be seen as a revolution in the wearable tech industry, allowing the change towards new eco-friendly and wearable electronics. The innovation is still expected to see much more development through gathering sensor data from our body and ultimately being able to inform us about the state of our health.
The word SMART is combined with a lot of new technologies like ‘smart cities’, ‘smart factories’, and ‘smart clothes’! Well, it is true that the role of clothing would no longer be limited to covering the body, but it would also serve us for other endless applications.
With this new development, next time you are working out, you would not have to worry about your battery level as your own sweat would be taking care of that. Enjoy your running!
Hajar, Consultant, Leyton France