WHAT brings together an Australian tailor, a bank, and Visa? The answer is a prototype “Power Suit”, with a contactless payment chip and antenna fused into the sleeve.
According to Australian tailor M.J. Bale, the Power Suit allows the user to pay for drinks, food and services “invisibly”, by waving their sleeve in front of a Visa payWave terminal.
The contactless technology embedded in the suit is linked to an online Heritage Bank Prepaid account, allowing the wearer to check the balance and top up their suit on-the-go.
Unlike many examples of electronics-infused clothing, the prototype suit is tailored to an elegant design, with the cut overseen by master Japanese tailor, Kenichi Kaneko, and made from 100% Superfine Australian Merino Wool.
The suit is safe to dry clean and the chip has the same multiple security layers as a traditional contactless card. If lost it can be suspended or cancelled via the online account.
One of the prototype suits will be sold in the M.J. Bale, Westfield Sydney store. One other will be sold via online auction with all proceeds going to the charity 4 ASD Kids, which supports children with autism spectrum disorders.