Wireless charging in your pants? Yes, coming soon
Microsoft has figured out a way of making wireless charging readily available wherever you go. While that may sound futuristic, it actually is far from it in fact. All you need is the right pair of pants.
Microsoft has teamed up with British designer A. Sauvage to bring the convenience of wireless charging in the "Modern Man" trousers, which are part of "London Collections". The technology bit is achieved by making (clever) use of the Nokia DC-50 wireless charging plate, which is based on the popular Qi standard.
That means that not only can you charge Nokia-branded Lumia Windows Phones, but a bunch of other smartphones as well (heck, even tablets, as long as they fit inside the pocket) like the Google Nexus 5 and LG G3.
"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", says Microsoft Mobile marketing director, for UK and Ireland, Adam Johnson. "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".
Now you may be wondering where the electricity comes from. The DC-50 accessory comes with an internal battery of 2,400 mAh, which is nearly sufficient to fully charge the Lumia 930 (which, has an internal battery of 2,420 mAh). The standalone wireless charging plate can be topped (in 150 mins at most, according to Nokia) using a microUSB charger, and weighs 150 grams.
Based on the photos of the new trousers provided by Nokia, the Lumia 930 sticks out a fair bit when it is charging, which may not be for everyone's liking as it increases the chances of having your expensive Windows Phone stolen (and, to my eyes, it looks a bit like showing off).
Nokia says that you will actually be able to buy this pair of pants, which was not designed just for show. It will be available to purchase from Amazon, with pre-orders kicking off shortly.