The 2010 Olympics are in full swing! If you've been following along, you know that there are some pretty tech-savvy athletes this year, which gets me excited — I can play stylist and gear them up with all kinds of gadget goodies! Find out how I'd wire the Winter Olympic athlete all year-round in this slideshow.
Not too long ago I told you about the Radiance Jacket by Mountain Hardwear, which comes with a padded heater and a built-in power pack for charging your gadgets, but I wasn't completely in love with it. But this jacket, which is cheaper than the Radiance jacket, lets you control your iPod with an external joystick on the cuff. All you have to do is connect your iPod to the inner pocket and use your sleeve to adjust your tunes. This jacket also comes in black, and there is a men's version as well. Santa can you hear me?
Jackets with built in iPod controls and special gadget pockets have been popular in the geek apparel world for a few years now, but up until now have been a little masculine. I found a new crop of slightly more chic jackets that were designed with gadget users in mind just in time for trips to the pumpkin patch and Winter weather.
You might not be an iPod queen but consider the benefits of a jacket with iPod controls: You won't have to take off your gloves or take your iPod out of your pocket and snow sports will be a lot more comfortable. I happen to like the Westcomb iRebel iPod Compatible Hoody Fleece Jacket, which doesn't have built in controls, but does have extra, gadget-sized pockets. It's on sale for $164, which is a good price in the gadget friendly winter coat world.
For some other jackets I like (for men and women) scroll through the widget below.
The iPod-Controlling Jacket gives new meaning to "having a trick up your sleeve," and for once, is a gadget garment that's nice enough you can wear it and not feel like a geek.
It's a fleece-lined, wind and water resistant jacket that has an interior iPod pocket that protects your iPod from inclement weather, while a five button control system woven into the outer sleeve provides play, pause, volume, and track forward/backward control without having to open the jacket (watch product demo).
To ensure that accidental bumps will not send unintended signals to the iPod during playback, the sleeve control panel locks after seven seconds of inaction and can be reactivated by holding the forward button for three seconds.
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