From pv Global magazine

A self-heating coat, a “wifi-programmable dress” and two clothes with flexible organic photovoltaic films that will allow them to charge electrical devices on the go, are part of a portable solar fashion collection launched by a start-up of Silicon Valley.

Harvard University and Cambridge alumnus Kitty Yeung, who is also senior program manager for quantum computing at Microsoft, launched her electronic textiles collection using a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign opened in June, of which 5% of the profits will be donated to for-profit organizations concerned with promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics; and environmental protection.

The range’s ‘Lotus’ overcoat and ‘Guilin’ dress feature organic PV films made by French ink and chemical company Armor that can deliver up to 5V charging for electronic devices.

Yeung start-up Art by Physicist said yesterday that the e-textile line is available to order on the company’s website and items can be shipped from next month. The company said each item will be digitally printed on demand, and the flexible organic solar films can be removed and disposed of just like any other electrical device.

The full line of electronic textiles also includes customizable LED fabric designs and Bluetooth accessories.

“Now that I have all of these different types of technology, the next step for my brand will be to go even further into… on-demand production by enabling customization,” Yeung said, in a press release issued by Art by Physicist. “In the near future, customers will be able to add the desired technology to the garment of their choice. “

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