Wearable technology. We've reached a point where our phones are apparently no longer the most interesting thing in the world, so a lot of people out there are trying to find the next big thing to grab consumer's attention. They all gathered around a big circular table, with the shades drawn, and worked out that we should strap things to our bodies instead. We'd shove as much technology into just about anything we could and call it good. Genius!
We've seen some misses and we've seen some hits. A lot of those hits came from projects that people had to fund into existence in the first place, but it must have made an impact everywhere else because every major company is getting into the game. Samsung's already shown they're not afraid to offer plenty of products in the wearable market, and even HTC is gearing up to launch their own gadget at some point in the future. LG, Motorola, and a ton of others have either already tossed their hat into the ring, or plan to soon. And let's not forget Apple. We can't forget Apple!
In any event, I know a lot of people out there are still waiting for "the right watch," or picked up a wearable fitness device "just because." The common denominator is that we're all still waiting for the one device to really get it right. Both in design and functionality. We've seen a lot of devices out there that inspire "function over form," but that could change soon -- especially with devices like Motorola's Moto 360 heading down the pipe, which is obviously meant to bring back "form over function," but still offer plenty of functionality for good measure thanks to Android Wear.
But, what if someone just wants a way to keep their phone (you remember the phone, right?) charged throughout the day without carrying any extra devices?
Crazy, right? After all, there are essential things needed to charge a device, like a cable. Or, if you've got yourself some good ol' wireless charging, you'll need a device under your phone to charge it, which . . . needs a cable to plug into something to give *that* juice. There are bags out there that offer a way to charge your device, and even little solar-powered gadgets that will offer you some extra juice when you really need it. And even cases that you can wrap around your phone to eke out a few more hours.
But we're living in a time where we've got watches that we can talk to, or take pictures with, and plenty of other cool gadgets that rival the best science-fiction writer's imagination (well, maybe not). So why don't we have clothes that can charge our phones? I don't mean bags that we carry around. I mean, the clothes we wear, like pants.
We're getting there, apparently.
A couple of days ago, Business Insider ran a story about a designer, one Adrien Sauvage, that has teamed up with Microsoft (and Nokia, by extension) to offer up the first pair of trousers that will actually charge a Lumia-branded device (one that supports wireless charging) while you've got it shoved into your pocket.
There's already a prototype, but the best part is that it's also going to be sold to the public through Amazon for a stretch of three months. As you can imagine the design took plenty of time to come up with, as Sauvage had to figure out a way to distribute the heat from the charging plate --which is Nokia's DC-50, dismantled and reassembled in the pants pocket-- so that it didn't melt the owner. It was figured out, though, and now you can charge your phone from the front pocket.
The price? That hasn't been finalized quite yet, but apparently they've already agreed that it will be "over $340." Which, honestly, shouldn't surprise anyone, especially considering that it's just a prototype and not meant for mass distribution. Still, I can't help but get excited for this. This is just the beginning, and there's going to be a point down the line where we'll be able to charge the batteries of our phones just from our clothes -- hopefully in designs that don't cost almost as much as the phone.
What do you think of clothes that can charge your phones? Is that something you could use? Or would you just prefer phone manufacturers figure out better battery technology? Let me know!