I am circulating a piece on wearable computing to one of the technology magazines, so I was interested to see the news that Motorola and apparel maker Burton are planning on building cell phones into ski jackets.
Motorola and privately held apparel maker Burton of Burlington,
Vermont, will jointly develop jackets, helmets and caps aimed at the
snowboarding set, to be released in the latter half of 2005. The jackets will have a padded casing for a Motorola cell phone and an
MP3 music player. They will feature a device on the sleeve that lets
the wearer control incoming and outgoing calls, and toggle back and
forth to music, sending audio signals to removable speakers in the hood.