As the world relies more and more on mobile devices, our necessity for new ways to charge batteries becomes more pressing. That is why inventors today are working to develop clothing that does more than keeps you warm; it can also charge your gadgets! This was highlighted in a recent story in Mashable. It discusses several different clothing and textile products that double as chargers. We go over 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 companies 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 allows soldiers to charge one battery and then send the power from it throughout their clothing. This way, they can charge whatever device should be charged.
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 currently. 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 could have an infinite supply of electricity from our clothing for our devices.
These technologies will alter the way we charge our devices and almost remove the limitations we currently have as a result of insufficient batteries. That will be a wonderful day!