Make It Wearable | Solar-Powered Fashion That Charges Your Phone


What if you could charge your device using your clothing? In Episode 4 of The Concepts, we talk to designer Pauline van Dongen about her Wearable Solar project that shows how solar cells can be integrated into fashion, repurposing clothes as alternative energy sources. Pauline speaks to how the line could evolve through factors like better battery life and washability, as well as its potential impact on the future of woven textiles and fabrics.

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33 replies
  1. Maisam Derollo
    Maisam Derollo says:

    Solar panels are even worst then burning coal or oil because you need a very special type of glass for it to work which means you have to burn even more sand to create that type of glass and that creates more pollution then burning oil or coal, sand makes even more pollution

  2. Alexandra Nima
    Alexandra Nima says:

    I love her designs.. especially the coat. Experimental fashion design isn't as new, but some of the challenges still are the same.. such as wearability, washability etc. What is wrong with a "Klingon" look is a mystery to me, though. There are plenty of fashion designs available that "insult" my eyes a lot more than these.

  3. IrradiantMind
    IrradiantMind says:

    Somehow these "wearable" tech designers are completely clueless to what sustainability really means. In most cases they throw around the term like a motif without actually considering the impact of what they are doing properly. Adding plastic wires, doped silicon, and sauder to a garment makes it less sustainable and more toxic. Not only that, but with the current solar technologies its totally impractical to incorporate it into garments. Not to mention that it is much more resource efficient to stick photovoltaics where there actually in the sun all day.

  4. Skapo
    Skapo says:

    Im all for cool wearable tech, but these designs are god awful. The dress looks like some sort of formal Klingon getup. For the general public to actually take a tech like this seriously, it will definitely have to undergo some serious design overhalls to make it more appealing and also be available at prices that warrant widespread adoption.

    Basically there is a long way to go before this will be ready for the general consumer.

  5. David Lee
    David Lee says:

    It's only a prototype guys and it's also the beginning of an idea. It will look ridiculous right now but if you continue to support it then it might actually become the newest trend. If you were raised during the time when cars, computers or even phones were invented I'm sure you'd regret what you would have said about them.

  6. Tony Martienz
    Tony Martienz says:

    Good idea for backpacks and other type of bags but clothes? Let's be realistic here no one would where any of that stuff unless it's not uncomfortable and it looks like normal clothes and it doesn't in this case


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