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Solar Powered Clothing You Can Plug Your Phone Into

Scientists take the next step in making flexible, stitchable garments that harness the sun.
Pedestrians cross the street in front of Stuyvesant Town.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

If allowing your smartphone to run out of power during the day doesn’t make you feel silly enough, consider this: Every hour it’s idle in your pocket or bag, the sun is bathing the earth in enough energy to run the world economy for a year

The obvious fix here is to turn every square inch of your body into a power plant—solar could be the ultimate accessory, more important than purses, satchels, or, well, sunglasses. But first, there’s the science part.