The joystick module comes together with the iPod interface electronics in a blister pack. It allows easy attachment / detachment of the iPod controller to any clothing and soft goods.
The first company that picked up this module and created a clothing line with it in mind is ToBe Technology, a Swedish manufacturer of hip snow sports clothing.
ToBe’s iPod enabled Jackets are designed for easy integration of Fibretronic’s iPod control module giving their customers the flexibility to interchange the control system between different garments in ToBe’s product range.
The module itself has on its base Velcro which allows the attachment on any type of garment or soft good like bags where there is a patch of Velcro and provisions to guide the textile cable to the inside of the garment or bag where the control electronic box and the iPod connector is placed.
I guess this is music in the ears for the creative folks among our readers.
A excellent idea which gives a great deal of freedom to clothing manufacturer, to clothing designer and to people who like to design their own clothing or upgrade their existing Jackets or bags.
We found the module itself on ToBe’s online store for $ 75.- a bit on the high side for an iPod controller but there might be hope that this module becomes available by other retailers for a lower price – if we may send this wish towards Fibretronic.
It’s a fabulous concept that might motivate quite some people to consider adding the iPod function to their outfit.