Phone Charging Pants — What? #WearableWednesday

Pants ChargeIt’s always troublesome hunting for a spot to plug your phone in when you are on the run. However, according to ABC News there is a new solution, and it’s right in your pocket. In a collaboration with Microsoft, fashion designer Adrien Sauvage has created pants that use an inductive charging method. It couldn’t be any easier to operate.

Woven into the front pocket is the new Nokia DC-50 wireless charging plate, which grants the wearer the ability to charge a phone by simply placing it into the pocket without the worry of having to plug it in, explains Adam Johnson, Head of UK Marketing at Microsoft Mobile Devices. This technology has inductive charging, which uses an electromagnetic field to transfer electricity between two objects — in this case, the pants pocket and your phone. The wireless charger can be charged with a standard Micro USB cable, holding the charge until the pants are activated.

This represents a new direction for both parties, and it offers the user benefits while keeping fashion in the forefront.

“This collaboration is the first full integration of high-end technology and high-end fashion,” says Johnson, “the project has been an exploration of other directions that wearable technology may take, with a focus on how our current wireless technology can be integrated into a garment you already wear. We’ll definitely look to continue innovating this space.”

While some focus on beautiful wearable tech, others are simply improving our tech experience. In this case, making battery charging easier just makes sense. Of course, better yet would be to incorporate a solar panel on a matching suit jacket to create a power generating ensemble. This issue of power and wearables  raises the question of safety and standards in the industry. Will clothing need to be inspected and rated for EMF radiation? What happens to the clothing when it’s done its useful life? Who will separate electronics from fabric? It’s a lot to consider, but it is also very exciting.

So, hopefully you feel inspired to create your own wearable recharging station. Take a look at our Solar Charging Handbag for ideas on how to make your system a reality. Hey, it’s summer, use the sun while you have it!

Solar Handbag


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