Your shorts and sleeping bag can now both recharge your smartphone

Your shorts and sleeping bag can now both recharge your smartphone
Imagine being able to recharge your phone simply by sticking it in your back pocket and walking. Now imagine that you're taking a camping trip and you don't own a generator, but you wake up every morning with a fully recharged smartphone because of your sleeping bag. Vodafone is testing both in the U.K. during the Isle of Wright festival that runs from this Thursday until Sunday in Britain. 

The Power Shorts and the Recharge Sleeping Bag, as the products are known by, were both developed by the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton. The science behind them is interesting. As the fabric that they are both made of is squashed or deformed, it "harvests kinetic energy" which powers up your phone. At the same time, temperature changes experienced by the sleeping bag also help power up your handset.

One day walking around in the Power Shorts will add four hours of battery life to your phone while the sleeping bag returns eleven hours of battery life to your device. Both the shorts and the sleeping bag will be in use during the U.K. festival, so even if the music is bad, those wearing Power Shorts or using the Recharge Sleeping Bag will at least be able to play Hanging with Friends all weekend.

Power Shorts (L) and the Recharge Sleeping Bag both use kinetic energy to charge your phone
Power Shorts (L) and the Recharge Sleeping Bag both use kinetic energy to charge your phone

Power Shorts (L) and the Recharge Sleeping Bag both use kinetic energy to charge your phone


source: Pocketlint

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11 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

they better make it large enough for my upcoming Note 3 ! :P

9. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I don't think the note 3 will need this considering how good the battery life on the note 2 is

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Power shorts makes an easy steal

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I wont put a phone in my butt pocket. That;s merely inviting pickpockets to steal your device.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You worry too much about pickpockets, I would be a lot more worried I forget I put it there and sit on it! So no, I would never put the phone in the back pocket.

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Sit on it? Last thing to worry about if you are using a Nokia

5. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

its not pick pockets im worried about. Its having to walk around in pair of hot pants like that (im Male). How bout making a version for men?

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Or just find a hot chick and stick the phone in her pocket.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What's the story about? All I see is a nice ass :P

10. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can't wait to see these shorts everyday.

12. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

We're not cyborg.

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