A group of researchers from Poland’s Łódź University of Technology (ŁUT) have developed a textile charger, which allows to charge phones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices using the power generated by their users’ physical activity.
Research and development work on the invention was led by professor Katarzyna Grabowska, the dean of the Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design at the ŁUT.
Monika Malinowska-Olszowy, PhD, the faculty’s vice dean, who is also a member of the research team that developed the textile charger, told Innovation in Textiles that the invention is based on the research on the structure and capacities of decorative and hybrid threads.
“The textile charger for mobile electronic devices is an inseparable part of the fabric or knitwear from which it is made, such as clothing,” she said. “It produces electricity on a continuous basis, allowing to power mobile electronic devices such as … smartphones, tablets or other devices. This invention replaces heavy, large batteries and power banks that often contain toxic substances. It is shock resistant and weatherproof.”
“The main purpose of this technology is to ensure its users with uninterrupted access to electricity to sustain the operations of their mobile devices. As a result, this will exclude various problematic processes related to frequent charging of mobile phones or tablets.”