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October 17th, 2013
4 emerging technologies with educational potential
Classrooms, students can benefit from emerging and developing technologies
Technology seems to change as quickly as it is purchased and implemented in classrooms. And while this constant change is at times a source of frustration to technology directors and IT staff, emerging technologies have big implications for learning inside–and outside–of the classroom.
Wake Forest University physicists are developing a garment that doubles as a spare electrical outlet, taking electricity from the human body and storing it for later use—generally, with this garment, the human body creates enough energy to power an MP3 player.
Called Power Felt, the technology is made up of “tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.”
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