Technology conquers winter fashions
October 22, 2004
Munich — Technology has conquered the latest winter fashions with
clothing keeping you not only warm and dry but fitted with anything
from a cell phone display to multi-media or lighting systems.
The British producer Berghaus is offering a fleece vest and
gloves fitted with so-called Heat Cell Technology. Heating for up
to three hours is powered by a battery that works without sensitive
heat wires, according to the manufacturer.
Nike has developed a so-called Comm-Jacket mainly for tour ski
operators. It is fitted with an integrated microphone and earplugs
and a plug for a walkie-talkie. The system is operated with a
keyboard on the chest that can be used with gloves. On the long
term the company is working with Motorola to combine it with a cell
An integrated Control Pad can also be found in the sleeve of a
winter jacket produced by O'Neill to operate an MP3-Player or cell
phone. An MP3-Player comes along with the jacket.
The world's "first communications and entertainment anorak"
selling for 500 euros is also fitted with a Bluetooth module. Calls
can be accepted over a headset integrated into the collar. The MP-3
Player can be stopped with a button to accept calls.
The Bavarian firm Marmot Mountain Europe has developed what it
calls the world's first jacket with an integrated lighting system
that is fitted into the sleeves and the hood. The jacket is selling
for 750 euros.
The new technology makes it possible to read maps in the dark or
to carry out small repairs. The anorak also offers more safety
because it can be seen from a great distance in the dark. It was
designed mainly for mountain climbers, mountain guides and mountain
rescue workers. – Sapa-dpa
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