NavJacket Guides Skiers With Built-In Display, Headphones
The NavJacket by O'Neill and MyGuide is so amazing, I'm concealing it from the snowboarders in my family. NavJacket uses GPS to guide you on the slopes; you can check your location with the handy flexible digital sleeve display. Audio instructions are also provided in the hood.
(NavJacket by O'Neill and MyGuide)
The NavJacket is the product of a partnership between O’Neill’s Wearable Electronics Department - the H Division, and MyGuide, with expertise in delivering navigation solutions based on GPS technology.
NavJacket will also connect to your cell phone (natch!); this feature can pull 3D views of selected resorts into your view, along with points of interest.
You can also track down friends, following their path through the slopes. I assume this also provides handy avalanche-related features; you watch your friend take a wrong turn, you hear the rumbling sound, then you can tell the ski patrol where to start digging.
If you already know where you are on the slope, be aware that the NavJacket doesn’t just stop with navigation. Your current speed, up-to-date local weather forecasts, and in-depth details about your route, such as distance and time have all been incorporated into the flexible display sleeve on the jacket using the latest technology.
You can start saving for this jacket - a price is not available, and it won't be ready to wear until the 2008 ski season. Unless, of course, you are one of their beta testers in the Swiss Alps - in which case, you'll be wearing the NavJacket this winter for free.
I'm trying to figure out where my fascination with electronics-enhanced clothing comes from, sf-wise. I've covered items like the MP3 Player Jacket Has Control Sleeves (as modeled by German supermodel Naike), the Digital Lederhosen (a bavarian style MP3 player - uh, imagine yourself in leather shorts) and the Solar-Powered Trackable Clothing.
The earliest reference I know for built-in electronics in clothing is the sleeve communicator from Murray Leinster's classic (and retro-Hugoed, if I'm not mistaken) story First Contact.
He pressed the button in his sleeve communicator and snapped:
"Action stations! Man all weapons! Condition of extreme alert in all departments immediately!"
(Read more about Leinster's sleeve communicator)
For sleeve-based screens, take a look at Larry Niven and Steve Barnes' sleeve watch.
Read more at O'Neill launches the NavJacket.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/14/2007)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )
Related News Stories -
'Power Clothing' - The Seismic 'Super Suit'
'The real genius in the design is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it...' - Robert Heinlein, 1959.
Shiftwear Display Shoes
'He unlaced her shoe and glanced at its readout.' Bruce Sterling, 1988.
Jabil Integrated Textile Heart Monitoring
'Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…' Rudy Rucker, 1988.
Wearable Smart Jacket
He pressed the button in his sleeve communicator and snapped: 'Action stations!' - Murray Leinster, 1945.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
PAL-V Liberty Flying Helicopter Car
'...lifted themselves to skimming flight upon whirling helicopters."
Space Drones - UK's Effective Space To Launch Rocket Tugs
'Twenty rocket tugs towed it from its Earth hangar out into space.'
DIY Autonomous Robot Detects Trash
'The search-bug detached itself and rolled forward.'
Ancient Russian Walking Excavator Would Be Perfect RV
I don't need it to go fast, it just needs to amble along.
ELROI Satellite 'License Plate'
Robert Heinlein was thinking about this in 1941.
When Robots Beg For Their Lives
"Just what do you think you're doing... Dave.'
Do You Still Want A Folding Screen Phone?
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled...'
'Snapchat Dysmorphia' Now A Thing, Say Plastic Surgeons
'The program raced up the screen one scan line at a time, subtly smoothing, deleting and coloring.'
Quiet Electric Cars Law Finalized By US Transportation Department
'... a sound tape to supply the noise'
Drone Assassin Fails To Kill Venezuelan President
'The spotter descends, and we think it searches the vicinity, looking for the victim's face...'
Stick-On Tape Speakers, As Predicted By Bruce Sterling
Flexible tape speakers, someday.
Bezos Invites You To New Life In Off-World Colonies
'A new life awaits you!'
Amazon's Rekognition System Sees Criminals In Congress
'... the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell.'
Build Your Own Space Suit For Cheap
'I'm going to pump the air from this room... so that the interior will be like airless and pressure-less space.'
CIMON Space Sidekick For Weary Astronauts
I welcome our floating robotic assistants.
SRI MicroFactory Of Microrobots Recalls Dick's Autofac
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants... constructing something...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories