After the report of Samsung incorporating graphene into phone batteries to make charging more faster, the University of Manchester has teamed up with British sportswear brand inov-8 to bring graphene to footwear.
Unlike most of the research we’ve seen around science’s current favourite miracle material, these things are directed to the market in our lifetimes. In fact, it is due next year, priced between the range of £140 and £150 (around $200 on the high end).
The graphene would make the footwear more flexible and a lot more robust than most running shoes these days. Graphene, after all, is the thinnest material around and about 200x stronger than steel. The experts heated it and added tiny particles to the shoes’ soles.
“When added to the rubber used in inov-8’s G-Series shoes, graphene imparts all its properties, including its strength,” university reader Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan said in a statement tied to the shoes. “Our unique formulation makes these outsoles 50-percent stronger, 50-percent more stretchy and 50-percent more resistant to wear than the corresponding industry standard rubber without graphene.”
Researchers at Manchester University have discussed the role of miracle material in wearables for quite long. In addition to all the qualities, it’s also transparent and more conductive than copper. The school currently showed the capability of printing the material for sensors, as well, and this indicates that this graphene footwear will be the beginning of something bigger.