Pauline Van Dongen’s Solar Shirt #WearableWednesday


Pauline Van Dongen is the enchantress when it comes to mixing solar power with fashion. We’ve previously blogged about her Wearable Solar collection featuring dresses with large swatches of solar cells. Recently she launched a new Wearable Solar Shirt, and you probably don’t realize how this is a big deal until you look closely at the design. These are small solar cells which appear to be flexible, with a ric-rac appearance, allowing for interesting patterns.

Printed Electronics World offers more details on the shirt, which has been designed to be mass produced.

The solar cells are combined into standardized functional modules using Holst Centre’s vast solar cell know-how developed within the Solliance alliance and its stretchable electronics technology for integrating electronics into fabrics. This technology is part of a research program on wearable applications that integrates functionalities ranging from lighting (LED/OLED), energy harvesting (PV), sensors and displays, in textile or other flexible materials.

Apparently the shirts can be made roll-to-roll style allowing the solar cells to be fused onto the fabric before the shirts are even stitched. The process seems to be cost effective, which means this may be one wearable tech product that will be affordable. The energy harvesting isn’t bad, either.

The Solar Shirt generates power from 120 thin-film solar cells integrated into the fabric itself. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1 W of electricity – enough to charge a typical phone in a few hours. Indoors, the shirt generates enough power to keep a battery charged – so your phone or other device is always ready when you need it.

It’s refreshing to hear about the manufacturing side of the equation with this project, and it shows Pauline’s commitment to not only explore the future of technology, but to also keep it close at hand with the consumer that needs it. I know I’ve been one of those consumers that is often stuck in an unfamiliar city on a cold day with a dead cell phone, so I’ve been gathering parts to make a solar purse to solve the issue. You can make one, too, with our Solar Boost Bag learning guide. Pick out a purse or bag that you want to hack and get soldering. This is a great project for a sunny day, and you can take just the battery pack and stash it in your purse sans solar cell. Don’t leave home without it.

Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 13,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell with Google Hangouts On-Air is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

Maker Business — A list of companies owned by Amazon. It’s big.

Wearables — Raid the kitchen

Electronics — Capacitor ESR

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Python snakes its way to the STM32, Serpente, and more!

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Adafruit IO Updates, RGB Stream Deck Message Panel, and more

Microsoft MakeCode — Welcome to the MakeCode Newsletter!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.