Glastonbury gets gadgets

Orange develops t-shirt to charge mobile phones using sound waves, being tested at Glastonbury

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Glastonbury gets gadgets Orange has developed a t-shirt that will charge mobile phones using sound waves. The shirt is going to be tested at Glastonbury music festival.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 20, 2011

Revelers at the Glastonbury music festival need not worry about their phone batteries dying, as Orange has introduced a t-shirt that will charge phones, according to the Press Association.

The prototype shirt charges mobile phones while festival-goers watch bands playing, by using noise-responsive technology, or sound vibrations to produce electricity.

"Sound vibrations, particularly bass frequencies, will create enough shaking to produce electricity from a material as simple as piezoelectric film," Tony Andrews, co-producer of the Spirit of 71 Stage at Glastonbury told the Press Association. "It looks like it could provide a real solution to mobile charging and I'm interested to see how the Orange Sound Charge performs in a live testing environment such as Glastonbury."

Orange will be conducting live testing of the t-shirt at Glastonbury and will see which bands are the best to charge your phone to.

"In a vibrant festival environment such as Glastonbury, sound is such an obvious medium that it seemed like a natural fit to use it in the development of this year's prototype," said Andrew Pearcey, head of sponsorship at Orange UK.

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