Clothing and travel gear vendors have been creating various ways to make your garments work better with your portable devices for a while now.
The backpacks, jackets and other clothing items, and even shoes with solar cells and electronic/conductive interfaces are pretty well known, if niche products. The proliferation of various portable devices that we “must” have on us all the time further facilitates this trend.
And, if this Philips patent application for a “Smart Handbag” ever becomes a real product, it might solve the problem caused by carrying too many gadgets at the same time once an for all Especially for you, ladies.
And what problems are they? Well, Philips describes them in the patent application pretty well:
“… as individuals often have more than one portable electronic device upon which they rely, and as all such devices are powered by portable means (i.e., batteries), individuals typically must charge all the respective portable power means individually. The process associated with servicing all of the portable devices to ensure that they are readily usable can be time consuming and inconvenient, especially when individuals are required to service all of the devices at or about the same time. Additionally, when individuals utilize these different portable devices to communicate with other remote electronic devices, the process associated therewith is often a bother, typically requiring an individual to carry a number of different connecting accessories (e.g., battery chargers, transformers, adapters, etc.). Hence, the effective management of the various electronic devices/accessories in terms of space, efficiency and use can often be an arduous task and despite efforts to date, there is still a need for improving how portable electronic devices are serviced, accessed and/or otherwise managed.”
Enter Philips Smart Bag to the rescue:
To help you cope with the portable device overload, Philips Smart Handbag will come equipped with special pockets where to put all your gadgets and integrated power source to charge them. The device pockets will be connected to the power source via electric conductive circuit, integrated into a handbag fabric. The conductive fabric will also have a possibility to connect different device pockets among themselves, so your mobile phone can talk to your iPod and to your camera.
Another important part of the handbag, is it’s strap. Philips Smart Handbag strap will be used to connect the devices in the handbag and it’s power source to the electric grid, and also to connect the gadgets in the bag to the external ones. This is achieved by equipping the strap with necessary electric circuitry, making it detachable from the handbag, and putting USB or similar interface on one side of the strap and electric power connectors on the other.
Just take one end of the handbag strap, plug it into USB port on your PC and you can instantly see and manage your iPod and Blackberry sitting inside the handbag. Take another end of the strap, plug it into a wall socket – your bag battery, with all your devices are charging handsomely.
And, there’s one more thing. With current advances in e-ink technologies, flexible screens and garment electronics, why not put an additional control interface onto the same handbag strap. It can be just simple buttons to turn various functions on and off, but, when technology become available, it can also be some sort of flexible touchscreen for advance management and communication functions.
Or, this interface can just be a pluggable remote control, that you’ll carry in your pocket.
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