Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:27

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In what is claimed as a wearable tech first, Australian tailor and menswear company M.J. Bale has teamed up with the Heritage Bank and Visa to create a suit with a contactless payment chip and antenna fused into the sleeve.

And, only a limited number of the prototype suits have been made with proceeds from the sale of one of the suits, via an online auction, going to a children’s charity. The others are being sold at M.J. Bale’s Westfield Sydney store.

The contactless payment chip in the prototype suits features Visa payWave technology and is tied to a prepaid account issued exclusively by Heritage Bank, with the wearer able to check the balance and top up their suit on-the-go.

According to M.J. Bale CEO Matt Jenson, the protype suit is safe to dry clean and the chip has the same multiple security layers as a traditional contactless card, and if lost it can be suspended or cancelled straight away via your online Heritage Prepaid account.

Jenson says the ‘Power Suit’ allows men to pay “invisibly” with just a wave of their sleeve in bars, restaurants, or anywhere Visa payWave is accepted.

“The world’s most powerful men don’t carry a wallet. This suit allows you to join their ranks. M.J. Bale has always been a brand for stylish gentlemen, the prototype means the wearer doesn’t need to ruin the cut of their trousers or jacket with a bulky wallet. It allows individuals to be ahead of the technology game and look top notch.”

The prototype suit is made from 100% Superfine Australian Merino Wool and Jensen says it has a “stylish cut overseen by master Japanese tailor, Kenichi Kaneko.”

“The elegant design means it is wearable technology…that a gentleman would actually wear.”

If you want to be one of the first to wear one of these futuristic suits, you can place a bid in the online auction at the Heritage Bank website – click here.    All proceeds will go to the 4 ASD Kids charity which supports children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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