Microsoft Helps Produce Pants That Charge Smartphones
Forget smartwatches and fitness trackers. Microsoft's foray into wearables involves a pair of trousers that can charge Lumia smartphones.Microsoft is taking an unconventional approach to wearable tech compared to its rivals. Google has Google Glass, the company's app-enabled smart glasses technology. Samsung offers the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, which links with the company's smartphones. Apple, meanwhile, is rumored to be gearing up to for the release of a fitness and health monitoring "iWatch," possibly as soon as this fall. Rather than launch a new wearable tracker or smartphone companion, Microsoft is taking its cues from the world of fashion and teaming up with a clothing designer to produce pants that can wirelessly charge smartphones. As it turns out, it's not the company's first brush with the stylish industry. "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," Adam Johnson, marketing director for Microsoft Mobile in the U.K. and Ireland, said in a statement.
The company collaborated with British designer A. Sauvage for the world's first pair of wireless charging trousers, according Microsoft. The garment features inductive charging technology from the Nokia DC-50, a device that tops off compatible Lumia smartphones using the Qi wireless charging standard. Microsoft acquired Nokia's hardware unit for $7 billion in a deal that closed nearly eight months after it was first announced on Sept. 2, 2013.