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Want to charge your smartphone on the go? Wear a solar-powered dress

Is the future of women's fashion solar-powered dresses? Maybe not, but this particular dress charges your smartphone.

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Published Sun, Jul 6 2014 10:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

You know the problems we face today, with iPhone users being wall huggers, and not having all-day battery life on our smartphones. The solution? According to fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, a solar-powered dress.

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The designer is developing the next-gen dress with her startup, Wearable Solar. When van Dongen took a prototype dress with her to the Brooklyn Northside Festival last month, people got to see the dress in action. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha was there, with van Dongen telling him that she had two main inspirations for the solar-powered dress.

She said: "One of them is the fact that we highly depend on connectivity. We're all addicted to our smartphones and we want them constantly powered, and the better our batteries get, the more we'll use them. And at the same time, working as a werable tech designer, I know the difficulties when integrating these kind of bulky batteries that don't allow for any comfort or wearability. So that's why I thought, why not power your phone through your clothes? And eventually power other interactive qualities that our garments are becoming a platform for".

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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