What's new: No attached solar cells or panels here, and this one would be washable!
"CSU apparel design and production researchers and students are working
to develop natural-fiber outdoor clothing that can charge MP3 devices,
tablets, computers, GPS units and cell phones with built-in -- but
comfortable to wear -- solar panels."
And they're eco-friendly: "The team is using only UV-treated natural fiber fabric, such as cotton
or linen, rather than petroleum-based textiles, which contribute to
Soon we'll have our t-shirts, scarves and hats charging our phones and other devices.. I can hear a distant voice from the future: "Wow that generation used 'wires' to charge their electronic devices.. and toxic batteries..huh!"
More info on this project at the Colorado university website.
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