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No More Frosty Fingers: UMass Scientist Creates Heat-Generating Materials

Pictured above are gloves made from electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at UMass Amherst. The gloves, designed to keep fingers as warm as the palm of the hand, use a vapor deposition method for nano-coating fabric to create sewable, weavable, electrically heated material. The three-layered demonstration glove is powered by a button battery weighing 1.8 grams and can keep fingers warm for up to eight hours. Andrew and her colleagues used the vapor deposition method as well as coated threads of a thick cotton yarn commonly used for sweaters, which could offer a whole new avenue for creating heated clothing. (Learn More)