Remember that scene in that film when Marilyn Monroe's skirt flies up over that vent? Well imagine if that could be iconic for a different reason. She would need to be a few decades ahead but what if the embarrassing situation of your skirt flying up with a gust of wind was less embarrassing because it was charging your phone? Probably still equally as embarrassing but at least there would be some sort of silver-lining...
'The first, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, led by Zhong Lin Wang, have created a 320 micrometres thick woollen fabric, made with interwoven solar cells that are constructed from lightweight polymer fibres with fibre-based triboelectric nanogenerators. These are woven together with a commercial textile machine. The compounds are inexpensive to make and environmentally friendly.'
'Fairbanks and Andrews made a prototype glove that they hope to market, made out of pineapple fibre, which is very conductive and absorbs the heat, and cotton, which acts as a brake to keep the heat contained between the layers.'
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