Adrien Victor Sauvage is a famous British fashion designer. Microsoft has partnered with Adrien to create world’s first pair of wireless mobile-charging pants. Adrien started experimenting with wearable technology six months back when he came up with this idea as his phone is always dying because of low battery. The prototypes of this pant will be shown at A. Sauvage spring/summer show at London Collections: Men.
Adam Johnson, head of marketing for Nokia Devices who supported this project said, “We don’t see a mass-market opportunity for wireless-charging trousers, We’re just having a bit of a hack, trying to move the wearable technology concept beyond smart watches. This is a world first.”
How does it work?
The front pockets of the pant is fitted with wireless charging plate from the Nokia DC-50. So, once you put your phone inside your pocket, it will start charging.
Read about pricing and availability after the break.
GeeksonGadgets reports that the recent Fatboy Wireless Charger deal for $5 may have been too good to be true, at least for some.
According to an email they received the “accessory you ordered is no longer available” and as a result the order has been cancelled.
AT&T has been clearing out stock of their Qi wireless charger, as the carrier no longer supports that standard, and are discouraging phone manufacturers like Nokia from including that technology in their phones in favour of rival PMA.
Have any of our readers also been disappointed? Let us know below.
Nokia’s new generation of wireless chargers, introduced at Nokia World last year, are now at Clove.co.uk.
The Nokia DC-50 is Nokia’s new wireless charger which incorporates a 2400 mAh battery which can itself be wirelessly charged. It is perfect for charging your phone every day, and taking it with you as an extra external battery if you know your day is going to be long.
It includes an LED indicator to show you what the charging level of your external battery is, and only weighs 150g. It is available in Red, Yellow, White and Cyan.
Commensurate with its technology level, it is also pretty pricy, at £69.99 including VAT or $96 if buying from overseas.
For your more basic charging needs, the DT-601 is a small circular charging pad, available in Red, black, Cyan, Yellow and White.
With no special tricks (except of course being able to charge directly from USB) the charging plate only costs £39.99 including VAT or $55 from overseas.
The DT-601 is available now, while the DC-50 is awaiting first stock.
During Nokia World this year, Nokia announced the new Nokia Portable Wireless Charging Plate DC-50. The DC-50 comes in 4 bold Nokia colors with a battery capacity of 2400 mAh. Since it is a portable charger in addition to wireless charger, you can take the DC-50 with you while on the move without any wires. With the simple press of a button, LED energy indicators reveal how much battery remains. Or press longer to enable travel mode, extending the life.
It also includes another neat feature in it. This charger itself is wireless charging enabled. So you can lay the plate on another wireless charger to charge it or use the included microUSB charger.
Width: 69 mm
Height: 134 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 150 g
It is compatible with all Nokia Lumia devices with wireless charging enabled. DC-50 is now available in Europe, and it will be made available in other markets in early 2014. It will cost around EUR 89.
They are also offering a free $100 credit towards a Windows Phone 8 handset if you buy another, which makes a second Nokia Lumia 920 or 8 GB HTC 8X effectively free.
Of course both handsets will need to be under contract, which adds up to several thousands of dollars over its course, so a few $100 here and there will not do anything to hurt AT&Tâ€™s profit on the deal, but will hopefully help the Nokia Lumia 920 and other Windows Phones continue to do well on the biggest Windows Phone carrier in USA.
WPCentral reports that ProClip is working on a car cradle for the Nokia Lumia 920 with a built-in Qi wireless charger.
Apparently the work is however pretty complicated, so don’t hold your breath, but the company is experiencing a lot of demand for NL 920 car cradles, and are actively working with the Qi Wireless Charging Consortium to satisfy the demand.
Hopefully we will see this sooner rather and later, and at prices which will make DIY obsolete.
While the Nokia Lumia 920 charging plate and stand is cool, what many people really want is a wireless car charger, and in the absence of an official accessory many are tempted to roll their own.
In the above video we have a standard Nokia charging plate glued to a Arkon Garmin vent mount and connected to a cigarette lighter fuse socket.
The phone is held to the charger using neodymium magnets taped to a case and the charging plate.
The solution is relatively neat, but not for the first time I wished the Nokia Lumia 920 had the same type of magnet system as the Palm TouchStone.
I myself have converted the box my wireless charging plate came in into a small bed for my phone which stops it from getting pushed off the couch onto the floor all the time, with some double-sided tape keeping the box in place.
Ultimately Nokia could generate a good revenue stream by selling us more wireless charging accessories, but until then I think a lot of home-baked solutions will be created.
Have any of our other readers created wireless charging mods? Let us know below and be sure to add some pictures.
The dream of wireless charging is just to be able to plop your phone on a shelf after work and have it fully charged when you pick it up again on your way out.
Reader brent3000 made this a reality by building a Nokia Wireless Charging Plate for his Nokia Lumia 920 into a floating shelf which only cost him $13.
He was also kind enough to document the work step by step for those who want to replicate it, and notes that, including the charging plate, the whole project cost less than $100 for what is a pretty nice accessory.
See his website here for the step by step instructions for creating your own wireless charging shelf also.