If the idea of a bacteria-powered battery grosses you out, you’d better get used to it because researchers have developed a new bio-battery that is basically the future of batteries.
The team at Binghamton University in New York has developed a bio-battery that is entirely textile based. The stretchable, bacteria-powered battery is perfectly suited for use in wearable electronics.
The fact that it’s made out of fabric means the battery can be stretched and twisted without losing any of its electrical capabilities.
This is great for wearables because it can conform to the body while it moves, stretches, and twists, while also collecting data in real-time. Think Fitbit on steroids.
The researchers also say that microbial fuel cells, or the bacteria power, is the best way to power wearable electronics because the heat and bacteria in our bodies provide a stable energy source.
This research is a long way from appearing in stores, but the researchers say that the device shows great potential for not only wearables, but also for other kinds of power.
They even go as far as to say that these batteries could one day entirely replace oil or coal power.
I don’t know about that, but I’m pretty excited to see this become a reality. That is, once I get over my probably very rational fear of my own bacteria powering my clothing.