The Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a fabric that harvests natural energy for smart clothes

Smart clothes are the future of the fashion industry. However, the big question is, where will smart clothes get the energy they need to power up gadgets? As Georgia Tech engineers have discovered, that energy can be harnessed from the sun itself as evidenced by the capabilities of a rainbow textile.

Georgia Tech engineers created a rainbow-hued fabric that’s partially made of triboelectric nanogenerators. The triboelectric effect, which can result from fabrics rubbing and creating static, can generates power. Additionally, there are solar cells interwoven with nanogenerators to enable the textile to gather power from the sun as well. The fabric was made to be sturdy, waterproof and environmentally friendly. Production of the textile is low-cost as it is made of common polymer materials.

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