That’s why you’ll be seeing more and more clothes and accessories designed by entrepreneurs who know we need better hands-free ways to carry, locate and use our electronic gear.
Here are a few of the latest examples:
Scottevest (SeV) trademarked the term "technology enabled clothing" for garments that allow you to store – and even network and recharge – lots of wired and wireless devices while staying neat and fashionable (no pocket protectors here).
Before SeV came along, who’d have thought you could wear something called Version 4.0?
That’s the name of its newest line of lounge pants, cargo pants, microfleece pullovers, hoodies, shorts and baseball caps with hidden storage for all the electronics we tote around, available at scottevest.com.
Version 4.0 is not just about extra pockets, although the items do have magnetic-closure compartments for cellphones, MP3s, PDAs, and even binoculars, glasses and batteries, sewn in layers to avoid bulges.
The Tactical VC Jacket ($310), for example, has 40 ergonomically designed pockets and compartments hooked up to a patented personal area network (PAN), which allows you to channel wires through the jacket’s lining to connect various devices.
Plus, you can adjust the volume of any device inside the jacket by touching integrated controls on its exterior. The controls are made of flexible, washable fabric switches. (There’s even a version with a flexible solar-cell panel on its back, to charge up your devices via a hidden battery pack while you’re wearing them.)
Cingular’s new Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses ($295 at cingular.com, hellomoto.com, oakley.comand Cingular stores) pair the latest in Motorola wireless technology with the latest in Oakley eyewear.
RAZRWIRE, available in three frame/lens color combinations, comes with an integrated headset module that provides access to Cingular’s Allover network. You can carry on conversations while up to 30 feet away from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, such as RAZR. There are two volume buttons and a single button to handle incoming and outgoing calls, and the removable speaker can be worn on either ear.
The semirimless glasses, which come with a wall-charging unit, are made of Oakley’s proprietary O-Luminum, a lighter-than-titanium alloy. Plutonite lenses filter out 100 percent of UV and harmful blue light. The frames can be fitted with prescription lenses.
Oakley also offers Thump, a $495 sunglasses/MP3 player combination. There are no headphone cords, just tiny earbuds that fold down from the frames. A high-speed USB connector tucks unnoticed into the frame but pulls out to connect with your computer – and the whole device, including distortion-free polarized lenses, weighs about 1.8 ounces. Buy them online or at Ridgewood Running Co., (201) 670-1828.
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