Picture this: you’re walking down the street and your movements are charging your cell phone. Scientists at Georgia Tech say it’s real, and the secret is in your clothing.
"If we can make it thin enough, dense enough to make on a fabric, you make a power shirt," said Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, a Regents' professor at Tech's School of Materials Science and Engineering.
The power shirt – or jacket or vest – is the likely result of the ongoing research of Dr. Wang who, in a basement laboratory at Tech, has created an electricity-generating textile.
"(It's) a power fabric," Wang said. "A fabric that can convert any kind of physical motion, sunlight, solar light, light, into electricity for wearable electronics."