Inductive power Jumpsuit anyone?
edited February 2015 in Prosthetics, wearables, and haptics
Would it be possible to make some sort of inductive power 'suit' to provide continuous power to implants? Picture the inductive mats used for cell phones, but worn on the body. Also, does anyone know of a flexible photo voltaic material? That way, the suit could be solar powered. Any advice on construction, coil positioning, potential costs, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
there are organic fotovoltaic panels. they tend to be a good bit more expensive than silicon based ones. they are widely available, flexible, but not quite as efficient.
costs on the circuit side (except the solar panel) are rather low. inductive charging only requires a resonating circuit. matter of cents.
Just a thought: if you can't find flexible solar panels, how about mounting them over the chest or back where they don't necessarily have to flex?