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 develop 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 items that double as chargers. We discuss a few below.
Rain Boots that Charge Your Phone
GotWind partnered with Orange, a British mobile carrier, to develop some rain boots that can charge your phone. These businesses unveiled the boots, as prototypes, at the Glastonbury Music Festival and got a great response from the mobile users in the crowd.
There is also technology now being worn by U.S. military personnel. Soldiers can now count on lightweight military uniforms that boast intelligent textiles into their vests, shirts, helmets, and backpacks. This technology permits soldiers to charge one battery and then send the energy from it throughout their clothing. In this manner, they can charge whatever device needs to be charged.
The Most Advanced Felt in the World
Another useful material that is getting produced for the same purpose is named Power Felt. Scientists at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University are presently working on this and it sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. Power Felt is a thermoelectric device that can turn body heat into electric current. The electricity can then be utilized to charge any device.
Again, much of this seems like something you’d see in a science-fiction movie, but the technology behind power fashion is evolving quickly. It might not be long before that “10 percent battery power” signal no longer sends us into fits of panic.