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Halteres Wear

Gyro energy clothing
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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.
JesusHChrist, Oct 03 2011


       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?
not_morrison_rm, Oct 03 2011

       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.
rcarty, Oct 04 2011

       Holy Crap. Brilliant conception bordering on self combustion. Could bring a whole new meaning to Guy Fawks night.
Ah Supp, Oct 05 2011

       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 rheopectic?
mouseposture, Oct 06 2011

       Suppose you put a copper-jacketed bullet across that copper wire? Would the sensation to the wearer be electric?   

       Electricity and body armor do not blend well.
Alterother, Oct 06 2011

       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 wearer?
mouseposture, Oct 06 2011

       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.
Alterother, Oct 06 2011

       This just sounds beautifully cool...[+]
xandram, Oct 06 2011

       Sounds pretty to me too!
blissmiss, Oct 06 2011

       Yeah, I got off on a tangent that made me sound over- critical--I 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.
Alterother, Oct 06 2011

       just add theremin ...
po, Oct 06 2011


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