Two intellectuals, one professor Xiaodong Li pictured here, and post-doctorate researcher, Lihing Bao have discovered how to make electricity from a T-shirt.
Now that sounds like fun but think of the expansion of the idea and see the money and opportunity for folks all over the world.
They have found that if you soak a T-shirt in fluoride and dry it, you can then using an oxygen free environment, bake it at a high temp.
This method converts the fibers of cellulose material to activated carbon and yet it is still useful and flexible material to be as a shirt or anything else that you could make from the material.
Professor Li calls it "Flexible energy storage".
How to use this new invention
The new material is used as a capacitor by using a piece of material as an electrode.
To increase the capacitance they coated the fibres of carbon fabric with an ultra thin layer of manganese oxide to make it work even better than before.
This let them build a super-capacitor that can be recharged many, many times.
They are planning to use them in layers to build a recharger to charge a cell phone etc.
This is a terrific idea since we have to wear clothes all of the time anyway so why not make them more useful to us and the people around us.
So far we don't have a line of products to sell as recharger clothes, but the future will bring them to us if and when they are created for mass consumption.
I would imagine that the two scholars themselves would move on to work on other projects and sell the technological rights off to a manufacturer.
OK guys - we are waiting to charge our cell phones...