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Magic trousers: charge your phone by sticking it in your pocket

Posted by Salla Savolainen on 18th June 2014

Sound a bit too good to be true? That’s what I thought too. As someone who never leaves the house without her smartphone and is constantly checking various social media sites, this sounded like an absolute dream. Imagine seeing that your battery was dying, and rather than having to limit your usage or hurrying to find the nearest charger, you could just pop it in your pocket for a while?

That’s the plan, according to Microsoft that collaborated with British fashion designer Adrien Sauvage to create a pair of trousers integrated with a wireless charger in the front pocket. The designer refers to them as a “wearable chino” (are chinos not already wearable by definition?).

A men’s version has already been designed, currently priced at £200 and will soon be available to buy in Amazon’s fashion department.

These trousers seem like a godsend for the technologically dependent among us but a few problems do spring to mind. What would happen if you spill a drink on them or get caught in the rain (which, let’s face it, is not unlikely)? Would you get a nasty electric shock? Or would the ‘magic’ trousers that you just paid so much for become just an average pair of chinos?

An issue that came with the creation of the trousers was the heat distribution from the charger, and how to spread it so that the wearer wouldn’t feel like they were, in Sauvage’s words, “in a sauna”. He claims this has now been taken care of, and the trousers are ready to be unveiled.

The trousers are a new development in wearable technology, following the emergence of smart watches and devices like Google Glass, and personally I can’t wait to hear more about them, and never have to worry about Instagram draining my battery again!

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Salla Savolainen