I don't remember when the last time I bought a swimming suit was. Mine works fine, and I've got no reason to change. After all, the field of men's swimwear hasn't exactly advanced much in the last decade, but bikinis, well, those are another story. Just ask Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider. He's just finished constructing a two piece that doubles as a phone charger, iPod connector and USB outlet.

It sounds too ludicrous to be true, but the first protypes have been completed. They apparently work like a charm. Featuring photovoltaic film strips stitched together, the bikinis use solar power to provide enough electricity to keep portable devices operating whether they still have battery life or not. Take a look at the picture below…

According to inhabitat, each garment takes about eighty hours to make. I have no idea what all that man power might translate to as far as cost, but if you're interested, Solar Coterie is more than willing to custom make one for your body.

At this juncture, a swimsuit like this is obviously not feasible for the general population, but it does serve as a cool motivator to think about all the crazy shit that might be widely available for purchase in twenty years.

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