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A fabric sewn out of copper and magnetic
thread or whatever material makes it possible to knot
the simplest possible gyro generators. A fly's halteres are
vibrating structure gyroscopes that work without
bearings or axles. A gyro has two parts, like the two
tines of a tuning fork. One part
can be the coil and the
other the magnet and a charge will be generated. So
this fabric would be a repitition of whatever is
the simplest possible knotted configuration of copper
and magnetic thread that can be formed into a gyro
generator consisting of a magnet and a copper coil.
Repeat this configuration and you have thousands of tiny
gyro generators that can generate energy as you run
around in a suit that is made out of this fabric.
||I like it. (+) Seriously I thought it. It's cool.
||Think flags. Now think of a way to transmit all of these tiny pockets of generated electricity without interf...
||that's a pseudonym, right?
||Interesting. I was just discussing with someone that lumpenproletariat or "rags proletariat" may be a much larger group of people who lack class consciousness because the vestiges of subworkingclassness have been replaced with fashionable low price cloth of the very industrial revolution that spawned them. Clothes that generate power are means of production thus revolutionary to an extent.
||Holy Crap. Brilliant conception bordering on self combustion. Could bring a whole new meaning to Guy Fawks night.
||Do you suppose it'd stop bullets, at all? A
combination flak-vest and battery-recharger might
have military applications. Suppose you put a load
across the copper wire. Attempting to move it
rapidly in the magnetic field would meet an
opposing force no? So, would the cloth be
||Suppose you put a copper-jacketed bullet across that
copper wire? Would the sensation to the wearer be
||Electricity and body armor do not blend well.
||While agreeing with your general conclusion (that
the electrical body armor idea is bollocks), I don't
see how a copper-jacketed bullet would pose a
shock hazard. The currents in individual copper
threads would be miniscule; would only amount to
anything at the take-off point where they were all
brought together in some organized way. Also, the
bullet would make a short between adjacent loops
of wire. Why would current flow through the
||A) because the bullet could create a bridge between the
electrical components of the suit and the bare flesh of the
wearer while simultaneously causing a dangerous short,
thus adding needless agony to the already quite unpleasant
experience of being shot, but mostly
||B) if there's anything I've learned as a welder, it's that
electricity is a fickle bitch who will whip around and bite
you given the slightest opportunity, thus my reluctance to
send anyone except [8th] into a firefight equipped with
electrified body armor.
||This just sounds beautifully cool...[+]
||Yeah, I got off on a tangent that made me sound over-
like this concept, I just don't think it has any military
application (yet). My only real criticism is that copper and
'magnetic' thread would make the material pretty heavy.