Phone batteries really can be annoying, with the newer phones lasting around a day and older phones draining within a matter of a few hours. Well, maybe solar-powered clothing is the solution. Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed copper “ribbons” that can be woven into fabric and are capable of generating and storing energy from the sun.
So yeah, a jacket may be able to charge your phone in the future.
Here’s more from Science Daily:
“Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nikes in Back to the Future Part II inspired a UCF scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun’s energy — and can be woven into textiles.
The breakthrough would essentially turn jackets and other clothing into wearable, solar-powered batteries that never need to be plugged in. It could one day revolutionize wearable technology, helping everyone from soldiers who now carry heavy loads of batteries to a texting-addicted teen who could charge his smartphone by simply slipping it in a pocket.”
Nanotechnology scientist at the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center, Jayan Thomas, who led the effort to develop the concept, also recently developed a cable that can transmit and store energy. In addition, he is developing “semi-transparent solar cells that can be applied to windows.”
Solar energy is flat out amazing, isn’t it?
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