Swiss scientists have created clothes that can recharge a gadget. To do this, they used a new polymer that is applied to the fabric, collects the stray light, and receives electricity.
According to Popular Mechanics, this material is called luminescent. Previous such materials were too harsh to be used in the textile industry.
Scientists were able to combine several luminescent materials at the nanoscale. The result is a flexible polymer that is permeable to air and water vapor. The polymer can be applied to the fabric. In this case, its properties will not be affected: it will not become brittle and will not accumulate water vapor.
The authors of the development believe that such wearable solar energy concentrators hold promise due to the growing demand for mobile energy sources for portable gadgets.