The fabrics technology generates up to 10°C/18°F of heat gathered from the sun or artificial light

The fabric's technology generates up to 10°C/18°F of heat gathered from the sun or artificial light

Startup ThermalTech has developed a solar powered smart fabric that harnesses the power of the sun and artificial light to warm the body without the need for bulky insulation.

Made from stainless steel yarn, the ThermalTech fabric is lightweight and gathers energy from the sun or artificial light to keep the body warm even after the sun has set. Whereas most coats and jackets are designed to recycle body heat and slowly warm a person up, the ThermalTech fabric soaks up energy from indoor and outdoor light to bring warmth to the wearer within minutes. 

The fabric's technology generates up to 10°C/18°F of heat gathered from the sun or artificial light in just two minutes, even when it's cold outside, the company says.

Three styles are available: Extreme and Explorer for outdoor settings ranging from snowboarding to commuting to work in the winter; while the Street jacket is a more fashionable styled item. 

"We believe that by introducing this solar-absorbing fabric into the apparel marketplace, the next generation of outerwear will provide the consumer with even more of an optimal temperature and fit," said Carlos Cortes, CEO of ThermalTech. "This will allow everyone from the snowboarder to the fashionista to be warmer in colder climates."

The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to bring jackets with the integrated smart fabric technology to market.