Scientists at the University of South Carolina have stated they have found a way to use a cheap T-shirt to store electrical power.
They hope this could pave the way for clothes that are able to charge mobile phones and other such devices.
Experts have predicted that new technologies including “roll-up” smartphones and laptops will be available to consumers soon, BBC News reports.
This would see the need for “flexible energy storage” increased, according to professor Xiaodong Li at the university.
They used a T-shirt bought from a local discount shop that was soaked in a solution of fluoride before being dried and then baked in an oxygen-free tank at a high temperature.
Chief executive officer of WiTricity Corporation Eric Giler told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year that wireless mobile phone charging will come to the market soon.
“We wear fabric every day. One day our cotton T-shirts could have more functions; for example, a flexible energy storage device that could charge your cell phone or your iPad,” professor Li added.
Posted by Peter Robinson