human-powered fashion

Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

Imagine a future where working up a sweat not only does your body good, but it’ll also keep your favorite devices humming. That’s the goal of researchers at North Carolina…

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March On! Kinetic Military Boots Generate Power With Each Step

Hop, skip, jump, march, dance, run or hike – keep at it for an hour while wearing these kinetic boots and you’ll be able to generate enough power to charge up your…

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Vodafone's "Power Shorts" Use Body Heat to Charge Your Cellphone

No need to worry about running down your cellphone battery this festival season. Vodafone’s “Power Pocket” promises to keep peripherals pumping on little more than…

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Machina's MIDI Controller Jacket Turns Your Body Into a Synthesizer

Anyone can sway to the rhythm of a catchy tune. But what if you could translate your body movements into actual music? That’s the idea behind Machina’s “MJ…

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2012 (Vote for the Coolest!)

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Energy-Generating Knee Strap Could Spell the End of Batteries

Photo by Shutterstock Time for the energy industry to pull itself up by the knee straps: A group of scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a novel energy-harvesting device that…

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Energy-Harvesting Chip Turns Any Shoe Into a Cellphone Charger

Photo by Shutterstock Even the rattiest sneaker can become an energy-harvesting powerhouse, thanks to an ultrathin crystal chip that converts footfalls into electricity. Developed by…

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Greensleeve: A Plastic-Free iPad 2 Sleeve Made With Zero Electricity

The Greensleeve iPad 2 case by Gone Studio is devoid of many things. Clad in all-natural wool felt with a steel-button closure, it’s completely plastic-free, a conscious decision…

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The Zip Jacket Lets You Control Your Phone, iPod With Hand Gestures

Some of us are born with natural grace; the rest of us would sooner bust a kneecap than any moves. No matter what your rhythm, the Zip jacket by Jennifer Darmour (a.k.a. Electricfoxy)…

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Solar-Piezoelectric Hybrid Fiber Could Create Energy-Generating Clothes

Photo by aarmono Clothing that generates electricity whenever you bust a move may sound incredible as it is, but what if you didn’t have to do a lick of work? Scientists at the…

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Energy-Harvesting Film Could Lead to Clothing That Powers Your Gadgets

No need to lose your shiznit the next time you need a power outlet for a dying cellphone. Scientists at the University of Southampton are working on an energy-harvesting film that could…

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C.O.P. Suit: "Personalized Protest Wear" Powered by Hand Movements

The Montagues versus the Capulets. The Sharks versus the Jets. Team Edward versus Team Jacob. Life can get messy when you don’t see eye to eye. For the easily disgruntled, the…

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Wacky-Looking Breathing "Necklace" Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy

We can’t even begin to contemplate a future where we have to wear gas masks just to fend off air pollution. Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have no…

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Thermoelectric Galoshes Charge Your Cellphone Using Heat From Your Feet

Here comes a different kind of hot-stepper: A pair of Wellington boots that convert heat from your feet into electricity. The kicker? You can store up enough juice to charge a…

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Energy-Producing Fibers, H&M's Organic Skincare, Eco-Fashion Innovations

Photo by jemsweb U.C. Berkeley researchers have developed energy-harvesting nanofibers that could be woven into clothing and used to power small electronics with a shake of your…

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Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Talk about a dance, dance revolution: The Dancepants Kinetic Music Player, a shortlisted entry in Designboom’s Green Life competition, makes you work for tunes. (May we suggest…

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