Graphene – the super-strong, conductive material that has the potential to transform life as we know it today – is now available in jacket form.
Graphene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms and is the magical ingredient in the fairly sharp-looking Vollebak Graphene Jacket 1. Unlike many graphene products (such as rubbing smart tattoos and surfaces), it is not just a concept, and is available to buy in & apos; a very limited run & apos;.
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The jacket is made of high-stretch nylon, with a graphene coating on one side that allows heat to be transferred from warmer parts of your body and redistributed, effectively controlling your temperature so that you feel more comfortable on warm or cool days. The coating repels bacteria, so if you get a little warm under the arms before you put it on, it doesn't start to smell.
The graphene jacket can also conduct electricity, but maker Vollebak has decided to reduce this ability to protect wearers. The prototypes of the jacket were so conductive that the wearer could hold a battery in one hand and a light bulb in the other, and let the lamp light up, but Vollebak decided that, although interesting, it was best to play safely and the material a bit more resistant.
Graphene can also absorb a theoretically unlimited amount of heat, which means that you can leave it on a radiator or in a sunny place, then turn it inside out and enjoy its roasted heat next to your skin while you work on a chilly day with your company.
For £ 525 (about $ 670, AU $ 960) it is certainly not cheap, but you get an extra warm, downy feeling because you are an early adopter and Vollebak helps improve future iterations for new carriers.
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