The Best Wearable Tech
From a sweatshirt with built-in headphones to a backpack with a solar panel on the back, these high-tech garments are sure to intrigue any technology enthusiast.
ScotteVest Revolution Plus ($200)
The ScotteVest has been around since 2000--and no other garment lets you carry so many things at once. The original ScotteVest was a vest with 15 pockets; now you can buy all sorts of different apparel, including jackets, shirts, and even hats, ranging in number of pockets from 1 to 52.
E-Tip Gloves by North Face ($40)
To help anyone who needs to work with touchscreens in the cold, North Face came up with E-Tip gloves, whose finger tips are made of "X-Static," a type of cloth with a layer of silver permanently bound to it. The metallic layer helps you transfer the heat from your skin to the screen--perfect for operating any device equipped with a touchscreen in cold weather .
M-Dress by CuteCircuit
The M-Dress is a concept design and won't be available until 2011--but when it is, a woman wearing this techy garment will be able to answer calls simply by raising her arm to her ear. The tech in the wrist of the dress will accept a normal SIM card, but as yet it is designed to dial preprogrammed numbers only.
Halo Headphones ($50)
Halo Headphones conbine features of both headphones and a headband. The headband is designed to comfortably hold the headphones in place over your ears while you exercise or perform other activities. You can purchase the company's high-fidelity speakers or just buy the headband and insert your own.
Dancepants Kinetic Music Player
NavJacket by O'Neill ($1600)
OffGrid Solar Backpack by Voltaic ($250)
The OffGrid from Voltaic is a backpack with a solar panel charger built into its back surface. The panel can be removed and remounted wherever is most convenient and/or wherever gets the most sun. The pack also offers plenty of padded compartments for all your electronics.
Sensible Music Headphones
The idea behind Sensible Music Headphones--another concept design--is to help the wearer feel bass tones through two vibration monitors. The company hopes to offer a special vest that will provide ideal places to clip the vibration monitors but you can use your own clothing to achieve the same effect.