Orange is the official “Communications Partner” for this year’s Glastonbury festival, and the network is taking the opportunity to test out its new Sound Charge technology. As the name suggests, it’ll allow you to charge your phone with, well, sound.
The testing team will be hard to miss with their not-so-subtle Sound Charge t-shirts, featuring bright white, A4-sized charging panels. The panel connects to your mobile phone via an interchangeable cable, providing juice as it absorbs sound.
The Orange press release explains: “sound waves are converted via the compression of interlaced quartz crystals into an electrical charge, which is fed into an integral reservoir battery”. That was my first guess.
“In a vibrant festival environment such as Glastonbury, sound is such an obvious medium that it seemed like a natural fit to use it in the development of this year’s prototype,” says Andrew Pearcey, Head of Sponsorship at Orange UK.
“Orange’s commitment and ethos around innovation is as strong as ever and we envisage that this pioneering technology could really change the face of mobile charging in environments where eco charging solutions need to be found. It could even influence trends in fashion, with designers looking to integrate this passive charging solution into clothing.”
The developers reckon that with sound levels of 80dB, the Orange Sound Charge will produce up to 6 watt hours of power over the course of the weekend. That’s enough to charge a couple of dumbphones, or one smartphone.
The technology is still in testing, but in the meantime - pending the arrival of those futuristic t-shirts - festival goers can recharge their mobiles at Orange's Chill ‘n’ Charge tents.