theorycast.54 :: Ardica Moshi Power System

Buffalo’s freezing winter certainly hasn’t brought me down, thanks to the Ardica Moshi Power System. I’ll show you how the Ardica vest works, and chat with project manager / engineer Martin Corpos about their goal of ultimately designing a wearable fuel-cell power system.

Ardica Technologies, traditionally known for developing wearable fuel cells for consumer and military applications, has produced an electronic heated vest with a USB charging port for powering our devices. As a wearable power system, you can see why I’m particularly excited by its potential for always-on netizens like myself.

Ardica Moshi Power System

Fabric Heating
Codenamed the Moshi Power System, a signature feature involves the design of the lithium-ion battery for wearability and energy efficiency. With its slim, flexible lycra/form coated battery pack, any Ardica-enabled jacket would be able to run heat up to 105 degrees. The heating elements are flat and flexible, measuring about 4 x 4 inches and connected to the power source with wires embedded in fabric.

Gadget Charging
At the same time, USB power plugs inside the pockets interfaces with most all popular consumer electronics products, letting us charge personal devices, such as iPhones, while we’re on the move. Depending on power setting, the 25 watt battery system technically lasts three hours on high heat setting and up to eight hours on a lower setting. To overcome the obstacle of power and run time degradation during cold weather use found with traditional alkaline batteries, Ardica has developed a system that utilizes special rechargeable lithium-ion batteries configured to be immune to external temperature conditions down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fuel-Cell Future
To offer greater power density, Ardica is working on patented fuel cell systems and hybrid fuel cell/battery systems. Future-proofing the upcoming line of Ardica-enabled apparel, Ardica’s battery and fuel cell power systems will be interchangeable when Ardica introduces its fuel cell system in 2010. In fact, all Ardica products are going to be flexible enough to allow changes to fit, power, output, voltage and run time to fit the needs of a wide range of customer applications.

How to find Ardica-enabled apparel
Mountain Hardwear is said to be unveiling four “Ardica Enabled” jackets for fall of 2009. The cost of an Ardica-enabled jacket will drive price tags up $35 to $50 from a similar shell. The Ardica power system, which must be purchased separately and then plugged into an Ardica-enabled piece of apparel, will go at $145.

If you’re as into this wearable power solution as I am, stay tuned to http://www.ardica.com. A great overview of the Ardica Moshi Power System can also be found at Outside Blog.

  • http://www.crosbygroup.ca/ Connie Crosby

    Adding this to my “need” list. Not sure if it fits under technology, gadgets, or fashion though.

    I also enjoyed your presentation, how you put the video together with thorough demonstration and then the interview, and supplemented it with the blog post content. Well done, will be pointing lots of people here in the future. Starting with family members who need to buy me one of these! ;-)

    Cheers,
    Connie

    • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin Lim

      Connie, thanks for your kind words! Just having you appreciate this effort made my day :)

  • http://www.crosbygroup.ca/ Connie Crosby

    Adding this to my “need” list. Not sure if it fits under technology, gadgets, or fashion though.

    I also enjoyed your presentation, how you put the video together with thorough demonstration and then the interview, and supplemented it with the blog post content. Well done, will be pointing lots of people here in the future. Starting with family members who need to buy me one of these! ;-)

    Cheers,
    Connie

  • http://www.crosbygroup.ca/ Connie Crosby

    Adding this to my “need” list. Not sure if it fits under technology, gadgets, or fashion though.

    I also enjoyed your presentation, how you put the video together with thorough demonstration and then the interview, and supplemented it with the blog post content. Well done, will be pointing lots of people here in the future. Starting with family members who need to buy me one of these! ;-)

    Cheers,
    Connie

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin Lim

    Connie, thanks for your kind words! Just having you appreciate this effort made my day :)

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin Lim

    Connie, thanks for your kind words! Just having you appreciate this effort made my day :)

  • Monty Shnier

    Sounds a divine accesory to ski enthusiasts.
    Where can I puchase this in Sydney, Australia.
    email: monthen

    Sounds divine for a skiing family. Where can I puchase these powered ski outfits living as I do in Sydney Australia?

  • Monty Shnier

    Sounds a divine accesory to ski enthusiasts.
    Where can I puchase this in Sydney, Australia.
    email: monthen

    Sounds divine for a skiing family. Where can I puchase these powered ski outfits living as I do in Sydney Australia?

  • Monty Shnier

    Sounds a divine accesory to ski enthusiasts.
    Where can I puchase this in Sydney, Australia.
    email: monthen

    Sounds divine for a skiing family. Where can I puchase these powered ski outfits living as I do in Sydney Australia?