We have seen smartphones and wearable computing devices such as smartwatches as well as Google Glass type of smartglasses. Now, comes the news of smartcoats being developed by the folks at Motiif.
Termed as ‘M’, this smart trench coat from Motiif will offer a built-in 4G internet connection as well as a smartphone charger built inside the slim and waterproof design. After integrating with the smartcoat, their smartphone app will let you know the weather information and recommends you to wear or not wear the ‘M‘ smart trench coat.
You will get the data connection on this smartcoat by way of Karma WiFi’s pay-as-you-go network, which includes the 1GB free internet per month for the first 3 months, then $14 per 1GB of data each month. Currently, Karma runs on Sprint’s 4G network and available in 80 U.S. cities. You will find the coverage areas in this link. The speed of internet ranges from average download speed of 3 Mbps to 6 Mbps, sometimes spikes to as high as 10 Mbps with the upload speed of 1.5 Mbps peak.
The company says that the smartcoat’s internal charging dock is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 5s, Galaxy S3 as well as Galaxy S4. Just slide the phone into the breast pocket and connect it o the charging dock to charge the handsets. Motiif assures that the charging station in the coats pocket is not uncomfortable as it will remain fairly invisible, not bulky and offers 3 times full charge to your handsets. You need to hang the coat on the special hanger with wireless charging pad to recharge the smartcoat.
Regarding the availability, the Motiif smartcoats will be in stores from February 2014 onwards. Before the launch, the firm is focusing on user experience by launching the Alpha Tester program, where participants will get a behind the scenes look at how the coat is made, speak with engineers and attend events where they can try the smartcoat ‘M’ on. You could go to this link for joining the program.
Motiif founder Rafael Balbi said,
“This isn’t just a coat with charging and Wi-Fi, it’s about the future of clothing … and how clothing will communicate with each other and the end user. We are building it, because it’s an entry point for a system of wearable technology we are developing that lets the user learn more about themselves and what’s going on in the environment around them.”
Regarding the pricing, the M trench coat is not yet got the price tag, but the founder said that it might cost similar to the average trench coat and we expect a price range between $200-$300.