“The product is scheduled to become available for order on the Internet in August at www.mp3blue.de.
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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