The German Motorbike accessories maker ShadowTS™ has a next generation Biker Jacket in the pipeline called: Cool Interactive Wear™.
Electronics and high tech textiles are integrated in this product, opening a wide range of multi-functional possibilities to the biker he or she could only dream of until now.
The Jacket integrates functions like mobile communication via Bluetooth and entertainment via MP3 player in one. This combination makes perfect sense for motorcyclists to manage music and mobile communication while driving.
The MP3 Player includes a Bluetooth module and is connected through a docking station build into the jacket. The MP3 player and mobile phone is controlled via a control panel integrated in the the right sleeve of the Jacket. The earphones and the microphone are located in the collar for easy cable management of the headphones and communication on the mobile phone.
So far – OK. The downside with this product is: it has its own MP3-player with the control electronic between MP3 player and mobile phone and the Bluetooth function all in one integrated.
No other portable Audio player like the iPod can be connected. To make things worse – there is only the choice of a 128 mbyte or 512 mbyte storage capacity. 512 mbyte storage for an Audio player in 2007 – the planned market introduction – is ….. ridiculous!
Come on, ShadowTS, no one will want as, I expect in a very troublesome way, songs on a obscure MP3 player.
A cool idea, a great look of the Jacket but the electronic part of this Wearable Electronic product needs some rework before launch.
You can pre-order this Jacket on ShadowTS’s online store, it will be shipping in March 2007 with a price tag of 799.0 Euro. If you pre-order, don’t forget to to ask them for iPod compatibility …
We will give you an update coming March when the Cool Interactive Wear™ Jacket finally ships.