The Power Vest

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A futuristic “power fabrics” is currently in developed by SRI International, in collaboration with Hexcel Schwebel. The team proposes the utilization of multifunctional fabrics, embedded with thin filaments made of lithium ion compounds, shaped into long yarns, wound into high-strength polymer fibers. Such fabrics will provide both electrical power for a soldier’s equipment and protection against projectile impact. Such fabrics will reduce and distribute the weight of batteries that now must be carried separately.