In response, presumably, to massive public demand, scientists have developed a way to recharge cell phones and the like by plugging them into your clothing.
Stanford university scientists can now change ordinary cotton and polyester into ‘conductive energy textiles’ which double as a rechargeable battery. Defeating the object somewhat, you then recharge the clothes overnight.
“Wearable electronics represent a developing new class of materials with an array of novel functionalities, such as flexibility, stretchability, and lightweight, which allow for many applications and designs previously impossible with traditional electronics technology,” says Yi Cui of the Department of Engineering.
“High-performance sportswear, wearable displays, new classes of portable power, and embedded health monitoring systems are examples of these novel applications.”
The technique uses ‘ink’ made from single-walled carbon nanotubes which, when applied to cotton and polyester fabrics, has an excellent ability to store electricity.
The fabrics were just as flexible and stretchable as regular cotton and polyester. And the engineers even remembered to check that they could cope with laundering.
Their report appears in ACS’ Nano Letters.
With this new fashion upgrade, it’s even cooler to know that the new #HelloLine denim Jeans, Joe Dahan’s collection have begun making jeans that can charge even an iPhone!
While finding that perfect pair of denim can be difficult, nothing is worse than searching for an outlet when you’re powering down. Well, Joe’s Jeans just might have a solution for both problems!
With a hidden iPhone pocket tucked into their waistline, the pants provide an extra compartment to hold a slim battery designed exclusively for the brand—meaning yes, there is potential for 100% battery life all day.
According to founder, Joe Dahan, the new collection offers “a sleek, stylish way to keep women charged and connected while on the go,” in a stylish and easy four-step guide:
1. Slide the charged slim battery into the battery pocket and connect it to the power cord.
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