I have a whole rant about "wearable technology" saved up for a rainy day, but the gist is this: it usually seems like tech-fashion mashups are inventing new problems to solve rather than innovating in ways that will actually simplify or improve women's actual lives, and that's often because tech companies don't have much respect for fashion or the people who buy it. A dead phone battery is a pretty real problem for plenty of people, though, and Kate Spade and Everpurse have teamed up to help solve it in their recent collaboration.
The capsule collection includes two totes and a pouch, all of which are armed with an internal dock that will charge up any iPhone that uses the company's current charging port. (So, the iPhone 5 and after.) The bags are basic Kate Spade designs that have you covered for everyday duty at work or an evening out, and thankfully, the internal charging system doesn't interrupt the external designs of the bags or double their prices. I'm assuming you have to remember to charge the bag itself in the evenings in order for the whole system to work, but that's not made entirely clear on Kate Spade's website.
I'm not sure that having a charging system would be enough to interest me in a bag in and of itself, but if I already liked the bag's design, I'd probably be willing to pay a little bit more (although not much) for a version that would charge my phone in a battery emergency. Maybe we're headed toward a future where all bags will charge our phones, but in the meantime, do these designs spark your interest?