Orange spreads Glasto goofery to t-shirts
Extreme noise phone powerwear!
Orange has outdone itself with its traditional Glastonbury green-tech, this year touting a t-shirt which generates power from the gig itself and provides enough to charge a mobile phone.
The t-shirt uses a piezoelectric panel to convert vibrations into voltage, which is accumulated in a battery which can then be used to charge a phone. You'll need to hang out near a speaker for the whole weekend to generate enough for one charge cycle, though you wouldn't guess that from the video:
Reading the small print we find that over "the course of the weekend" the t-shirt might store six watt hours - which should be enough to recharge a smartphone, once, if you're lucky.
Last year Orange was touting wellies with chargers in the heel, and the year before it was personal windmills - all with the vague promise they'll become products eventually. We're not betting the t-shirt will achieve any greater success, but look forward to what Orange manages to throw together for next year's tech demonstration. ®
So if you stand next to a speaker all weekend
You'll be able to recharge the phone you can't hear any more !!
Rain powered water wheel
What they really need is a water wheel generator driven by rain. The ideal power source for Glastonbury. It will continue to work even when you are flat on your back comatose from over indulgence of the substance of your choice, unlike the wellies that actually needed you to move.
In PR/advertising terms yes.
In technical terms not so much.
(we need a cynical icon) Gotwind appear to spend a great deal of time producing gimmicky greenwashing stunts for orange.