Microsoft Designs Pants That Wirelessly Charge Mobile Devices
The technology company has developed a new way for people to juice up their phones while they are in their pockets.
Microsoft Mobile, the new name for Nokia after it was acquired by the technology company, has partnered with British menswear fashion designer Adrien Sauvage to create the world’s first wireless charging designer trousers.
The fashion designer crafted the trousers, which had a Nokia DC-50 wireless charging plate technology sewn into the pockets to enable the wearer to charge his phone via inductive charging while the phone is tucked safely inside the pocket. The Nokia DC-50 charging technology charges Nokia Lumia smartphones, and users can re-charge the charging plate via micro USB.
According to a report on Business Insider, Sauvage had to go through a lot of “trial and error” while crafting the wireless charging pants because it was a challenge to create the wearable item without making the technology bothersome to the body. The designer also had to figure out how to distribute the heat so that the wearer won’t end up feeling uncomfortable while charging his phone in his pocket. The fashion designer was able to successfully overcome these issues, but was not able to make the wireless charging trousers machine washable.
In a press release, Adam Johnson, Marketing Director for Microsoft Mobile in the UK and Ireland, said,
We have a proud history of working within fashion, having previously collaborated with Bruce Weber and David Bailey, as well as recent partnerships at New York and London Fashion Week.
Continuing this theme, we are excited to work alongside a talented designer such as A. Sauvage. As well as having the vision to co-create these amazing wireless charging trousers, his style complements the cutting-edge design of the new Lumia 930 smartphone perfectly.
According to Johnson, they don’t see a mass market for wireless charging trousers at the moment and are just trying to create something new and move the concept of wearable technology beyond the usual smartwatches. The wireless charging designer trousers were unveiled at a London fashion event.
According to the news release, the wireless charging trousers will be available for pre-order soon on Amazon. A price has not been set just yet, but Sauvage estimates it to be over $340.