JackHeat: A Lightweight, Fashionable, Self-Heating Jacket

University of Pittsburgh, 2001 - $14,200

JackHeat is a self-heating, lightweight jacket. The E-Team successfully developed a  prototype, made possible through the discovery of a new carbon-based material, Gorix, which allows heat to pass through evenly while using a minimal amount of battery power.

The E-Team consisted of two students from computer engineering and a third from marketing. Their faculty advisors were three engineering professors and one from marketing. One of their three industry advisors is the inventor of Gorix. They hope to enter the market as the first self-heating, general consumer-oriented jacket, offering a variety of additional skins for increased profitability.