Native Union are very good at creating things you probably don’t need but will almost definitely want; they have the magical ability of turning the mundane products that usually blend into the background into showstopping centrepieces. Having said that, you are, of course, paying for the aesthetic upgrade.
When everything you own requires charging, there comes a point when the side of your sofa or bedside table looks like it is been strangled by a cable version of the Kraken. The Eclipse Charger (which isn’t exactly a charger) is a self-indulgent system that tidies away all those ugly cables ready for when you need them.
It is all well and good escaping to the countryside every now and then to recharge our batteries, but it’s a fact of modern life that most of the things we have become so reliant on need more than just some burnt sausages and warm beer to keep their batteries charged. If you want to share photos of your sun burn on social media or continue to annoy your friends by playing the same album over and over on your portable speaker, you will need something to fill your devices with juice.
I am all for gimmicky tech, and anything that might look like it dropped out of a 1970’s Bond movie is always a winner with me. But what I don’t like is gimmicky tech wrapped up in real leather and then being sold at a ridiculous price under the name of ‘fashion’. So, what is the XOO X Casely-Hayford? It is a wearable phone charger, designed with the help of Casely-Hayford, that has been built into a belt with the aim to fuse useful technology with high fashion. It fails at both.