Four students from Aalborg University in Denmark have designed a smart fabric technology which aims to make mobile phones and other hand held devices truly mobile.
Students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang were awarded the prize for their project involving a fabric which can charge mobile computers, mobile phones and other electrical devices. The fabric automatically charges a mobile phone or computer when they are placed on it and can be integrated into mats and table covers. Upholstery fabrics for seating are considered a key area of application.
Competing with 54 other entries from 17 countries, the novel smart textile product, called Powertex, won the Future Textiles International Prize Competition 2011, earning the students 6500 EUR in prize money. The competition aims to promote smart textiles and shines the spotlight on Denmark as a pioneer in the field. The prize ceremony took place at TEKO Design + Business, VIA University College, in Herning Denmark.
Powertex fabric to replace mobile phone charger
Powertex is said to be an ideal practical solution for meetings, as participants will be able to charge and use their laptops and mobiles without using power leads or adaptors. Another suggested application is the use of Powertex as an upholstery fabric in public transport systems and in public buildings and airports. Passengers or users will simply place their mobile devices on the seat in order to charge it.
“Our goal is to be free from cords and a whole collection of adaptors and to give users the possibility to recharge their gadgets on the go,” the winning team, which studies industrial design at Aalborg University, said.
When the winner was announced, member of the winning team from Aalborg University, Marius Koppang said:
“It’s just euphoric! You had the biggest butterflies when they said it was someone from Aalborg University – and then Powertex – Ooh! Ah! “
Commenting on the joy of winning, Marius said: “It was just beautiful – I hadn’t experienced it before – it was beautiful – just awesome!”