Back in the day, I had the misfortune of working for my eccentric uncles in the men’s neckwear industry.  I’m still recovering from the experience.  These prototypes for a solar necktie and jacket were featured in a paper done by N.C. State’s Department of Textile and Apparel.  Thin film photovoltaic modules are integrated into clothing to charge small devices and cellphones.  The integration of technology into fashion is going to be a growing component of the apparel industry of the future.  From the looks of these prototypes we better get someone working on the ‘fashion’ component.