Baybox, a German company is working on the mediaVEST which should make life easier and safer for the gadget wielding reporter and bloggers during harsh outdoor conditions.
A couple of considerations go into the design of the mediaVEST: addressing the negative effect of freezing temperatures for the wearer and the multimedia device. Humans dent to slow down when getting very cold so the vest has textile heating elements from Novonic. Electronic gadgets like cell phones stop working reliable below zero degrees Celsius as well and need to be kept in cozy temperature that’s why Baybox added to the multimedia pocket a heating element to keep the device at a toasty temperature.
To address electronic smog some people fear is harmful to humans, the media pocket has radiation shielding textiles on the inner part blocking effectively close to 100% of the GPS/cell phone radiation from penetrating the body.
To round up the feature rich mediaVEST, it provides the electronic transmission infrastructure, specially designed cable fixation points for headphone and mic for cell phone.
Lastly, the mediaVEST is washable up to 30° Celsius (without the included rechargeable battery pack).
Sounds all very interesting and might be indeed a good option for ‘in the field’ reporters, police or other emergency personnel who are hooked up the whole day to communication/location devices and need to be sure those devices work under extreme conditions.
Question is: when will the mediaVEST be ready for prime-time = being available?