Glastonbury 2011: Orange to charge mobiles with sound

Orange has revealed its 'Sound Charge' t-shirts that will keep mobile handsets powered at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Ahead of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which kicks off later this week, Orange has unveiled the ‘Sound Charge’ t-shirt which uses the sound of the festival to charge user’s mobile phones.

Continuing its run of eco charging prototypes for Glastonbury, a tradition that last year saw it unveil the handset charging wellies, Orange has confirmed it will test out the sound absorbing charging t-shirts at this year’s festival.

Partnering with renewable energy expects GotWind, Orange has utilised and reversed Piezoelectric film, a material that is usually found in hi-fi speakers, to act as a thin but oversized microphone to absorb sound waves which are then converted by compressed interlaced quartz crystals into a smartphone satisfying electrical charge.

“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,” announced Andrew Pearcey, Head of Sponsorship at Orange UK.

“Orange’s commitment and ethos around innovation is as strong as ever and we envisage that this pioneering technology could really change the face of mobile charging in environments where eco charging solutions need to be found.”

Are you faring the muddy fields and driving rain to attend this year’s Glastonbury festival? If so let us know your top festival tech tips via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds and check out our top tech to take this festival season.

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