New Jacket Integrates An MP3 Player

“The product is scheduled to become available for order on the Internet in August at

Electrically conductive fabric is sewn into the mp3blue jacket. It’s connected to a compact electronics module and a textile keyboard on the left sleeve. The headphones and the microphone are integrated into the collar. The module contains an MP3 player with 128 Mbytes of memory, a Bluetooth gateway to control a mobile telephone, and a rechargeable battery that can supply power for up to eight hours. When the wearer of the jacket places a telephone call, the stereo system becomes a headset and the music is automatically interrupted when calls come in. To wash the jacket, it’s necessary to remove the electronics module from its holder. “

While the thought of wearing something like this may be far-fetched, several companies are expecting the intelligent textiles market will reach approximately $1 billion by 2007. If this is the case, we sure are off to a slow start.

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