Someday soon, you may be able to buy solar-equipped shirts that power your smartphone.
In the early 1980?s, at the same time that the utility-scale solar power industry was imploding, hand-held electronic calculators powered by embedded solar photovoltaic panels were beginning to thrive.
Solar power may one day make your cell phone into the functional equivalent of a self-winding watch or an acoustic TV remote control that generates the energy it needs to send signals without batteries
The first step on the road to embedded solar may be just around the corner in the form of solar-powered apparel.
A team of fashioner designers and solar power engineers in the Netherlands are reportedly rolling out a new clothes line called “Wearable Solar” that can charge phones with flexible solar cells on its surface, according to Dezeen, a design magazine.
The prototype dress (featured to the right) can reportedly power a typical smart phone in about two hours.