Jennifer Darmour, the lady behind Electricfoxy.com not only maintains an interest wearable technology blog she is creating one of the most beautiful, sensible and interesting designs, melting technology into fashion design in a way that makes the technology part of the aesthetics and not an add-on.
Ping the social networking garment was the first of her amazing creations followed by her latest design the ZIP, a garment with integrated phone and music player control by using zipper as user control element.
Zip up your jacket up to protect yourself from the outside world and with the same gesture to increase the volume, building a sound cloud around you.
Zip down to open yourself to the surroundings and at the same time decrease decrease the volume of your music, to be more aware of what is going on around or tug on the pull-straps to retract the integrated ear-buds, a lovely smart design.
A nice design twist is the device pocket with retractable connector allowing to take out the device for quick adjustments without disconnecting the wearer from the sound cloud.
Jennifer’s philosophy behind ZIP is to control our personal devices tucked away in our pockets simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear – like a zip or a pull-strap.
Check out the ZIP project page, it’s full of information and details about the inside of the ZIP garment.
A refreshing new concept design for a technology that has been around for some time, the iDevice controlling jackets and bags of yesterday. May be we will see ZIP garments in the not so far future as Jennifer designed the ZIP garment to be manufactured with both the pattern and circuit design aimed for production.