Those Are Some Cool Wireless Charging Pants

June 20, 2014

3:00 pm

The world’s first pair of wireless mobile-charging trousers was unveiled this week in London as part of a new collaboration between Microsoft Inc. and British fashion designer Adrien Sauvage.

The trousers, described as a “wearable chino” by Sauvage to Business Insider, have been fitted with a wireless charging plate from the Nokia DC-50, dismantled and reassembled within one of the front pockets of the trousers.

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According to Sauvage, the idea behind the project was to move away from the current “function over form” approach that has been taken by wearable technology designers to date.

The designer also admitted that the six-month period of building the charging pants consisted of lot’s of “trial and error” because it was a challenge to create the wearable item without making the technology bothersome to the body. He 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.

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Sauvage was able to successfully overcome these issues, but was not able to make the wireless charging trousers machine washable.

The A. Sauvage charging trousers will now be available to buy for the next three months through Amazon’s fashion store for over USD $340.

Just in time for the holidays.

 

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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