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Would you charge your phone with these solar-powered clothes?

Would you charge your phone with these solar-powered clothes?
Photo Courtesy of PAULINE VAN DONGEN

We all want our smartphone batteries to last longer. I've given you great tips and tricks on how to make your smartphone and tablet batteries last longer, but what if you didn't even need to use those?

One Dutch designer is hoping so. Pauline van Dongen has released an "experimental" clothing line that uses solar panels to power small gadgets like your smartphone.

The dress features 72 flexible solar cells that have been built into foldable panels on the front of the garment. The jacket is made with 46 rigid cells that are hidden beneath foldable leather flaps and is a little heavier. When worn in direct sunlight for an hour, each piece generates enough power to charge a dead phone to 50 percent.

However, wearable technology - mainly Google Glass - has seen backlash recently. Click here to learn all about it. So will it be tough to convince people to actually wear the dresses?

Incentivizing people to actually wear this technology hasn’t been easy, van Dongen says. “I think it’s a real challenge.” For her pieces, and wearable tech in general, it’s a matter of going beyond the practicality of technology and making it into something people are excited to put on their bodies. Which is actually the hardest part.

Click here to watch a great video that further details everything these solar-powered clothes are about.

Source: Wired and Pauline van Dongen Official Site
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