A brilliant idea for an iPod controlling glove liner based on magnetic contacts has been posted by YouTube member jdub765.
Each finger has assigned on of the five function needed for the basic navigation of an iPod. The ‘switch’ is realized with small magnets in the gloves finger tip. When a finger touches the receiver for example on the back side of the other hand (glove) it activates the corresponding action on the iPod.
Brilliant is also the idea to integrate the technology into a glove liner. This allows the use of different gloves pulled over it, the glove liner control works independent from the outer glove. How do I love such modular, flexible system.
The use of an magnet as electrical switch has been around in bags and other concepts before, but using it for gloves (and why not for clothing as well) is certainly a field that should be considered by future Haute Tech designers as an option to add interactivity to our wardrobe.
It’s simple, potentially cheap to make and reliable judging on the many magnetic closures on bags and clothing that have been in the market for a long time.
Check out the video for a demonstration of the iPod controlling glove: