The world's first graphene jacket
With $595 a piece, Vollebak's new revolutionary graphene jacket is not just for everyone's pocket. If at least half the promises of its creators are true, it can be worth every penny you spend. According to the company's words, the jacket has many magical properties of graphene - it absorbs heat in order to heat us for some time, conducts electricity, repels bacteria and disperses excessive humidity of our body. To quote the brand responsible for its production, this is the world's first jacket made of such a difficult to control material. But what is this graphene? This is the thinnest possible form of graphite, which is found, for example, in pencils. It is used in everything from space engineering to medicine. Its usefulness is seemingly infinite; it can stop a gun ball if it has enough layers; it can change the color of our hair without any side effects; it can change the walls of our house into big fire sensors. "It is so strong and so stretchable that a spider web fibre covered with graphene could catch a falling plane. - that's what Vollebak says in their marketing materials.
The Vollebak jacket development process, according to Steve and Nick Tidball, who supported the company, took years of hard work and research. During this time, the company worked with the same scientists who created Michael Phelps' Speedo swimsuit for the 2008 Olympics (which was banned for literally 'destroying' the record). "Graphene definitely remains a very hard working material, which costs a lot and is difficult to produce in series, so the process wasn't easy. - says Steve Tidball in an email, "And even two years ago this jacket would have been impossible to produce in its current form.
How did they do it?
The jacket is made of double-sided material, which the company invented during research and development. The graphene side is grey metal and the inside looks like black matt. To create it, scientists have turned pure graphite into something called "nanoblashes". "('graphene nanoplatelets'), which are layers of graphene mixed with polyurethane to form a membrane. This in turn is combined with nylon for the other side of the material, which, according to Vollebak, changes the properties of the nylon itself. "Adding graphene to nylon fundamentally changes its mechanical and chemical properties - a nylon fabric that naturally does not conduct heat or electricity, in this case, can.
The company says that the jacket was created as a two-sided jacket so that the consumer can appreciate the properties of graphene in other ways, because the material interacts with our skin and the world around us. "Physicists at the Max Planck Institute revealed that graphene challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction, which means your jacket not only distributes heat from your body across its entire surface to even out and increase the temperature of your skin, but theoretically the jacket can store unlimited amounts of heat, which means it can act as a heat sink," explains Tidball.
Literally. You can leave your jacket in the sun or in the oven, then turn it over to the other side and enjoy your portable oven.
"Our vision is to improve the dressed technology to such an extent that it is invisible." - Instead of wearing it on your eyes or wrist, it will be attached as clothing and technology simply combined. We believe that the ability of graphene to conduct heat and power, and to withstand incredible forces while adding weight, should be crucial to this story. Once your clothes have conductive heat and electricity, many kinds of interesting things can happen. This means that over the next decade your clothes may become a platform for other innovations. That's what we're really interested in.
For example, a graphene jacket could be modified so it can charge a phone that's in your pocket. Why do you need cables, you have a jacket that conducts electricity! Other interesting new applications can also be invented by using the properties of the new material. The company hopes to learn new potential opportunities for its invention by experimenting with its users - and then creating a new version.
"The fact that it now looks like a nineteenth-century artifact shows that every technology has to start somewhere. - This is Tidball. "In technology you can be either too early or too late. We chose too early.
The question is. If the jacket is electrically conductive, what is the lightning from the bright sky aiming at?