This fabric may one day charge your smartphone while it is resting in your pocket

This fabric may one day charge your smartphone while it is resting in your pocket
Thanks to a new kind of fabric that is currently in development, smartphones and other electronic gadgets may one day charge whilst resting inside our pockets. Witchcraft, you say? Not really. You see, the secret lies in the threads that the said fabric is to be made out of - a special type of yarn that can conduct electricity. Once contact between it and a compatible electronic device is established, its battery will automatically start charging.

The tricky part is that clothing made out of this conductive textile will have to be equipped with a battery of their own, which is where the juice for the devices being charged will actually come from. But hey, instead of charging a handful of individual gizmos overnight, it would be easier to just plug in your jeans overnight, don't you think?

Of course, such technology is not likely to become commercially available anytime soon, but it is currently being tested for use in the U.K. military. Instead of having a multitude of cables running down their uniforms providing power to their equipment, British soldiers will have no pesky wires dangling off their uniforms. However, the conductive textile still needs to be made weather-proof before it can be used in real-life scenarios.

source: BBC via Gizmodo

This conductive fabric may one day charge your smartphone
This conductive fabric may one day charge your smartphone

This conductive fabric may one day charge your smartphone



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9 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

yes its handy but once it doesn't look as ugly!

3. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Yes, we all must look fabulous when running into the battlefield.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Don't want the enemy to think we don't have a sense of style, now do we?

2. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Equals to a portable charger at yr clothes.... since they have to place a battery on E part of the clothes...

4. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i would bet it would be more similiar to multiple capacitors that would basically hold reserve power, so a little more advanced than just sewing in a 6000mah lithium battery pack into your clothes....

5. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Fast forward 10 years to "conductive fabric pants used to charge smartphones cause cancer"

7. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Was just thinking the same thing.. Then thought "What doesn't give us cancer?"

6. cellphonejunky

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I can already see the headline "radioactive shorts" -Pause for dramatic effect-

8. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

As clothes with solar cells aren't far away I'd say this is a very promising fabric.

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