This Belt Can Charge Your Smartphone and Keep Your Pants Up

November 20, 2014

11:00 pm

Your smartphone battery can be a constant concern to your daily work-life. The wearable industry has come up with various ways to keep customers charges and in style. The whole idea is to incorporate something as mundane as charging your phone into something cool that you will carry or wear anytime. But I have to admit, a belt that charges your phone is definitely interesting. It is subtle.

This belt was created by UK-based startup Nifty and it charges your iPhone 6 in about 2.5 hours from empty. It also keeps your pants from falling off. The XOO Belt is designed with a new breed of lithium ceramic polymer flexible battery; the belt is said to be safe, durable, and weather-resistant.

While the flexible part of the battery lives inside the belt strap, the rest is contained in the buckle. The charging wire runs alongside the inside of the belt when it’s not in use, with magnetism holding it in place.

You charge it the same way you would your smartphone, and five discreetly placed LEDs on the buckle indicate power level.

Nifty recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, so you can’t go out and buy just yet. However, should backers stump up a total of $50,000 by Dec. 18, the company plans to start shipping the product in July with a $155 price tag.

 

 

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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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