As the world relies more and more on mobile devices, our necessity for new ways to charge batteries gets to be more pressing. That is why inventors today are working to create clothing that does more than keeps you warm; it can also charge your devices! This was highlighted in a recent
story in Mashable. It discusses several different clothing and textile products that double as chargers. We focus on a few below.
Rain Boots that Charge Your Phone
Orange, a British mobile carrier that partnered with a firm named GotWind in 2010 to produce rain boots that consumers can use to charge their phones. The boots were just a prototype, introduced at the Glastonbury Music Festival, but the prototype showed enough potential to get mobile users excited.
The military is often discovering innovative technologies and this is true for charging technology too. The military is presently using a product developed by Intellectual Textiles. It is pieces of fabric that are sewn into vests, shirts, and helmets. Essentially, it charges one battery at a time. Then the power from that battery is sent to whatever device must be charged through the clothing.
The Most Advanced Felt in the World
And if you thought that was cutting-edge, check out Power Felt. Scientists at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University are developing this presently. It is a thermoelectric device that turns body heat into electricity. It’s like something out of a science fiction novel but if they nail this technology down, then we might have a limitless supply of electricity from our clothing for our devices.
Again, much of this seems like something you'd see in a science-fiction movie, but the technology behind power fashion is improving quickly. It might not be long before that "10 percent battery power" signal will no longer sends us into fits of panic.