Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Fashion GPS Jacket Announced


A company called Wearable Experiments has announced their newest wearable GPS product concept: a jacket designed to vibrate to give you directions around select cities. Creatively named the “Navigate” this wearable tech is designed to be fashionable (although I think it looks pretty awful, actually) and help tourists experience the city without being tied to a screen.

Working much like various GPS shoes we’ve talked about, the jacket can be paired with a phone to input routes and destinations, then uses haptic feedback on the left or right shoulder to help users figure out which way to go. Here’s a short video explaining a bit about wearable technology, fashion, and a tiny bit showing how the jacket works.

The jacket is still in the works, and you can register for more information and to be notified when they begin taking preorders on their website.

Now, it’s no secret that I love technology, and I find the many and varied uses of GPS to be quite fascinating. However, even I have to stop and think that this jacket seems a little ridiculous (and incredibly ugly). It’s a neat idea, but I would be really surprised if it ended up catching on. But, hey, maybe it’s just me. Would you actually wear something like this? Let me know in the comments!

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