From Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi district - known in India for its plethora of pickpockets - comes Shyam Chaurasia and his design for a pair of jeans that gives thieves the jolt of their life.
Sure, pickpocketing looks fun, especially when James Bond lifts some poor schmuck's security pass or car keys for a covert operation or high-speed car chase. Sadly, it's not so great in real life, since most people tend to find themselves on the pocket rather than the picking end of things.
Especially in crowded cities with high pedestrian counts and foreigners who do not properly store their wallets - seriously guys, being cool with by carrying it in your back pocket isn't worth the hell you're going to catch for losing it - the need for ways to deter pickpockets is substantial.
Living in a place where pickpocketing is a fact of life and the perpetrators do not often face justice for it, Shyam Chaurasia designed a novel attire alternative.
From typical butt-view, his jeans look like anyone else's, with ordinary stitching along the back pockets. Unlike anyone else's, his stitching is actually thin copper wiring connected to a few capacitors and a DC power source. Flip a hidden pant-switch and the pocket becomes a 220 volt AC surprise for any theif dumb enough to reach inside.
Power Jeans: Shockingly Stylish
Cool as this shock pocket technology is, it isn't unheard of. Police services have designed electrified outerwear for their members, and many T-shirts display imagery using this kind of power technology but these are the first jeans set to stun, and not by virtue of design.
The pockets have a rubber liner to prevent accidental self butt-shocking, but there are issues around reaching for one's own wallet while the switch is still flipped, or sitting in a puddle on a park bench. The coolness factor of having thief-proof pants would slide down significantly if you were to severely burn your own buttocks.
That's a first date fail, right there. One that would probably end up online.
As well, there is the problem that in many countries this type of preventative but slightly aggressive action is frowned upon or forbidden by lawmakers. Realistically, the jolt won't kill a theif, but there could be serious legal ramifications for harm.
Still, the idea is a good one, especially in a place where coming actually home with your wallet at the end of the day is the exception rather than the rule.
We're shocked this type of rear-guard action hasn't come sooner.