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Recharge your phone from a T-shirt

Mobile phone network Orange has unveiled a T-Shirt, which allows for a mobile phone to be recharged by sound waves only.

The Orange ‘Sound Charge’ T-Shirt is a revolutionary charging solution that follows one part of Everything Everywhere’s heritage in eco charging devices.

This prototype will be live tested at the Glastonbury Festival, where the music is rampant and an ideal place to trial out such a device.

Orange is an official communications partner for the Glastonbury Festival, where this latest invention of mobile charging technology is an innovative gadget for powering mobile phones.

The planning and development of the prototype has been produced in conjunction with renewable energy experts at GotWind.

This eco charging device uses an existing technology called Piezoelectric film, by reversing the way it works by charge mobile phones whilst headlining act at Glastonbury.

Piezoelectric film is usually found in modern hi-fi speakers, where an A4 panel of the modified film is housed inside of the T-Shirt which then acts much like an oversized microphone by ‘absorbing’ invisible sound pressure waves.

These sound waves are then converted via the compression of interlaced quartz crystals into an electrical charge, which is fed into an integral reservoir battery that in turn charges most makes and models of mobile phones.

The development team behind the device estimates that when used at the festival with sound levels of around 80dB (roughly the same as a busy street), the Orange Sound Charge will generate up to 6 watt hours (W/h) of power over the course of the weekend – enough to charge two standard mobile phones or one Smartphone.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.