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Tailor M.J. Bale has taken wearable technology to the next level, creating a suit with a contactless payment chip that works at any Visa payWave terminal.

The ‘Power Suit’, tailored by M.J. Bale and using by Heritage Bank‘spayment technology, enables the wearer to purchase items at any Visa payWave termina by swiping their sleeve.

Made from Australian merino wool, the suit features a contactless payment chip and antenna fused into the sleeve.

The balance of the Power Suit can be checked and topped up with a linked Heritage Bank prepaid account accessible online or through an app.

Eleven prototypes have been released to customers, with another being auctioned off on eBay. The proceeds of this are going to the charity 4 ASD Kids, which supports children with autism spectrum disorders.

The suit's creators explained the chip in the sleeve of MJ Bale’s “Samurai” suit is invisible and the company’s managing director, Matt Jensen, said in an interview it was designed to protect the overall appearance of its tailored garments.

“What we wanted to do was look at ways of embracing technology, useability and wearability in a way that also reduces the requirement to carry things around like wallets,” he said.

“We thought that by putting a Visa payWave-accessible chip into the cuff, that it would not have so much heft or clutter in your pockets that bulk out the suit, altering the form and drape of the jacket.

“People are wearing things closer to the body, and Aussies are generally more athletic people so we want leaner-cut suits. So it does have a benefit there in terms of the silhouette.”

You can check out the suit in the video below:

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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