It sounds too good to be true, but this one's legit and a world's first. The pants, described as a wearable chino is actually a collaboration between Microsoft and British fashion designer Adrien Sauvage. And, yes, it can charge smartphones wirelessly. The secret: a modified version of Nokia's DC-50 wireless charging plate that uses electromagnetic induction (that's geek speak for the transfer of energy between two separate devices that are in very close proximity to each other) placed in one of the trousers' front pockets. Naks, parang magic!
As expected, making the wireless charging pants was a big challenge and actually took six months to finish, with Mr. Sauvage saying it involved trial and error. "Having something that you could wear without the technology feeling cumbersome was a challenge. It was also difficult to distribute the heat so that the wearer wouldn’t feel like they were in a sauna,” he said.
The good news: Sauvage and Microsoft were able to overcome these challenges. The bad news: It's not machine washable, so you'd have to wash it manually to keep it clean. It's also unclear how the pants are charged although we're guessing wires will be involved.
But the biggest drawback could be the fact that it can only charge Nokia Lumia smartphones. Bummer. But if you're a Lumia user, know that the pants will be available via Amazon within the next few months. No exact prices yet but Mr. Sauvage predicts it will be over $340 (almost P15,000).
Hey, Microsoft! Please come up with a shorts version, and make it cheaper, okay? Sorry but the high SRP, while expected, makes us stick with our run-of-the-mill chargers. #ThirdWorldProblems