We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Snowboard jacket with MP3, Bluetooth to hit slopes

Wireless surfing, dude

The snowboarding, gadget-loving crowd have something to celebrate: the European division of sports gear retailer O'Neill will sell a snowboarding jacket with an MP3 player and a Bluetooth module, for those all important mountaintop mobile phone calls, integrated into the jacket.

The snowboarding jacket, called The Hub, features a chip module containing a full-featured MP3 player and a Bluetooth module for controlling a mobile phone, built by Infineon Technologies, using electrically conductive tracks woven into the fabric to connect the chip module to a fabric keyboard and built-in speakers in the helmet.

The jacket will be sold throughout Europe for about €500 (approx £310) by the end of August or the beginning of September, for O’Neill’s 2004/05 winter collection. Initially, the jacket will only be for men, though a version for women will probably become available the following season.

Tested to withstand snow, rain and freezing temperatures, the jacket's stereo system also works as the headset for making phone calls, with a microphone integrated in the jacket's collar.


IDG UK Sites

Windows 9 release date, price, features: Videos leak as Microsoft sets 30 September unveiling

IDG UK Sites

Why local multiplayer gaming is rapidly vanishing: we look at the demise of split-screen and LAN...

IDG UK Sites

IBC 2014 news: video post, CG and VFX news from Adobe, Blackmagic, Eyeon and more

IDG UK Sites

Retina MacBook Air release date rumours and specs: Gold 12in Retina MacBook Air almost 1cm thinner...