Orange Sound Charge t-shirt will charge your iPhone while you rock [video]

Orange has developed a t-shirt that also doubles as an iPhone charger. The t-shirt which is called the Orange Sound Charge is in a prototype phase at the moment. Extensive testing will be carried out at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

The eco charging device uses an existing technology in a revolutionary way; by reversing the use of a product called Piezoelectric film, allowing people to charge their mobile phones whilst enjoying their favourite headline act at Glastonbury. Usually found in modern hi-fi speakers, an A4 panel of the modified film is housed inside a t-shirt which then acts much like an oversized microphone by ‘absorbing’ invisible sound pressure waves. These sound waves are converted via the compression of interlaced quartz crystals into an electrical charge, which is fed into an integral reservoir battery that in turn charges most makes and models of mobile phone. As the ‘device’ is worn, a steady charge is able to be dispensed into the phone via a simple interchangeable lead which fits most handsets.

Orange believe that a sound level of around 80dB (which is roughly the ambient noise level of a busy high street) could produce up to 6 watt hours of power. That should be enough to charge up your iPhone which needs 5 watts. The panel in the t-shirt is removable so unlike most festival attendees, you can wash your t-shirt if you need to! Take a look at the video after the break then let us know what you think in the comments!


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Orange Sound Charge t-shirt will charge your iPhone while you rock [video]


Wonder if you could hook up speakers to your iPhone and play noise for it to charge. In other words ... would the iPhone drain more than it would charge? (or at least have the charge level hold stable)

How Much Money Was Put Into This Project ? WTF ? Why ? I Love How They Really try and make you believe That This Is Eco Friendly and cutting edge. Why dont you take the money you spent on this and feed some hungry kids or Help build Homes for the poor and homeless or do something anything that might make the planet a better place to live. Instead of wasting the money on some retarded Shirt that is going in the garbage as soon as the show is over. Plant some trees oh wait they dont cut down trees anymore because of paper free billing, right! I have so much hate

I am an iPhone user that is also a fashion designer...and that is the most hideous thing I've ever seen. I know it's function over form...but they can AT LEAST try to make it look nice. it looks like a teletubby in a bike race.

Do you have to walk roud holding the battery? And to all the the haters lets see you make an eco tshirt that can charge an iphome just by walking AND make it look some designer t-shirt

Maybe if it didnt have a big white spot on the front (they can do black right?) and maybe if you didnt have to keep your phone in the middle of your chest. We have pockets ya know..

Need to get your units straight - 80 dB is (indirectly) a measure of power, but watt-hours are a measure of energy. Then you switch back to watts (power) in the next sentence. The net result is that it's hard to figure out what you're talking about.

Yes, your design is good and smart, it is an eco-innovation product.

I am pleased to share our eco-innovation product with you too. My partner and I are working with the function samples of of Electricity Generator Box - a charging device - for charging notebooks, mobile phones, IPhone, IPads and flashlights just by pressing & sliding on the table by hand, or, by stepping on & sliding on the ground when there is a power failure or without any available AC/DC power sources.

We have not completed our commercial samples for our products, but we are making function samples of Electricity Generator Box and LED Flashing Wedge Flip-Flops for demonstrating in the front of local angel investors on Oct. 18, 2012 in Taipei arranged by local The Incubation Center of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Actually we are seeking an angel investor to join in our projects for the time being.

We can send you the following video after receipt of your e-mail address:
A short video for demonstrating the function of our “micro generator and actuator module” in a shoe. It is not a commercial type. Each press (less than 2Kg force) can light 50 LEDs (each LED with 30mW power consumption) for your reference.

With best regards,
John J. Wang
Feng & Wang Technology Co., Ltd.