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Hamster fashion also functional

I don’t know why, but I read this story yesterday and found it hilarious:

ZL Wand and other dudes at the Georgia Tech School of Materials Science and Engineering wanted to test whether it would work to incorporate piezo-electric nanowires —  wires 1/15th the width of a human hair that can produce energy —  into clothing in order to power devices like ipods and blackberries. But because these wires are so small, they wanted to try it out first on a smaller scale. So they did, by making a teeny, tiny jacket…for a hamster.

They then stuck the hamster onto his wheel, and awaaaayyy he went, producing 0.5 nanoamps.

The findings were “reported February 11 in the online version of the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters. The study demonstrates that nanogenerators – which Wang’s team has been developing since 2005 – can be driven by irregular mechanical motion, such as the vibration of vocal cords, flapping of a flag in the breeze, tapping of fingers or hamsters running on exercise wheels.”

This barely ties into art, but I’m throwing it in ONLY because there’s clothing design involved. It’s actually quite a nice looking jacket…for a hamster.

Just think, in the future we’ll see hamsters running on their wheels in fashion-forward jackets and little mini-ipods.

The future of furry fashion
The future of furry fashion

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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