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Subject: Beam me up Scotti
From: Rocker (rocker_at_shaw.ca)
Date: 2004-01-24


Maybe off topic but freaking cool...rocker

I have been looking for a jacket with lots of pockets for my gear. I found this one that is made of a waterproof and breathable material which has 29 pockets in total including ones for phones, music players, credit card, memory cards and even for a PDA and a small laptop.
it has channels in the lining for running wires from pocket to pocket and even to the shoulders for earphones, and there even 2 small pockets on the shoulders which the earphones can go in when not in use.
there are 2 zips one on each side seem, which would allow you to put your hands in and operate your Archos without exposing it to the rain in bad weather.
its called the finetex stelth shell jacket.
it costs 199 dollars.
but then I found out that they are bringing out a brand new jacket in the spring which has all the same sort of features as the one above, but is solar powered with connectors in all the main pockets allowing your PDA, phone, music player and such to be charged simultaneously while you are hiking, biking, camping etc. The solar power technology they use will charge at the same rate as an ac adapter on sunny days. This could allow us to get much longer hours of usage out of our mobile devices. The company that makes the first one and will be doing the solar version is:
www.scottevest.com
they think the solar powered one will cost 300 dollars.
below is a short article about the first showing of the solar powered jacket at a recent exhibition:

Gadget Jacket Charged by the Sun
The fashion spotlight, or rather sunlight, shone on a new solar-powered jacket introduced
last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A new solar-powered jacket introduced last week by ScotteVest at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has integrated solar panels that charges almost any mobile device its wearer slides into its multitude of interior pockets.
The ScotteVest Three.0 is a lightweight jacket for carrying around pocketfuls of electronic gadgets, as this 'X-Ray' photo attests. Over the last couple of years the jacket has gone through several design iterations. This version has no less than 30 pockets and may soon include solar panels to recharge your various e-gadgets.
.
Seemingly aimed at the technophile environmentalist on the go, the jacket has integrated
solar panels that charge cell phones, PDAs, Game Boys, MP3 players and most any other
mobile device its wearer slides into its multitude of interior pockets.
And despite its gadget-oriented accommodations, the jacket's style resembles those
worn at the slopes or on the hiking trails. Fashionista outdoorsy types are assured
of cloaking their geek status as they lug Palms, iPods and cell phones into the wilderness
without losing power.
"As we move to an always-on environment, how can people depend on their device if
in three to four hours they are going to lose their charge?" said Scott Jordan, CEO
of
ScotteVest
, which designed the jacket and its wiring technology.
The jacket has two small snap-on photovoltaic panels that fit onto its shoulders.
These charcoal-gray solar panels convert the sun's rays into energy, which then feed
a hidden battery pack about the size of a deck of cards. The batteries are wired
to all the pockets, which can have almost any mobile devices plugged into them.
The PAN, or Personal Area Network, used by ScotteVest's Technology Enabled Clothing
division provides jacket-pocket holes and fabric conduits that connect all the gadgets
to each other without exposing any wires. So what appears to be an unassuming anorak
jacket is really a web of wires and technology in disguise.
Inspector Gadget, James Bond and GI Joe fans: Please convene in the outerwear department.
The jacket's solar panels use CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) technology,
a thin, flexible, lightweight, energy-efficient and highly sun-sensitive type of
solar cell. Marine vehicles that can't use glass and military tents both use CIGS
for power, said Sass Peress, CEO of
ICP Solar Technologies
, which licensed the solar system from GSE Technologies and is partnering with ScotteVest
to create the solar jackets.
"And it will charge as fast as your AC (wall outlet) charges," said Peress.
The prototype shown at the Consumer Electronics Show charged only one device at a
time, but the manufactured version will be designed to charge as many devices as
needed, say its makers. Of course, the more devices simultaneously drawing from the
5 to 10 watts of power the battery pack generates, the slower they will all recharge.
Intelligent battery-pack software, however, will identify and charge only those items
that need it, according to Peress.
ScotteVest's TEC division introduced a jacket with the Personal Area Network, but
without any power mechanism, in 2003. That jacket, dubbed Version Three.0, is sold
through Neiman Marcus catalogs, the
International Spy Museum
 and ScotteVest's website. Jordan also said the Secret Service and Department of
Homeland Security are TEC customers.
When the solar jacket launches this spring, Jordan said it will retail for about
$300, a $100 increase over the nonsolar Version Three.0.
Since power cannot be transferred wirelessly, ICP and TEC designers were faced with
different power-connector protocols for mobile devices. Consequently, the jacket
will be sold with a small assortment of adapters to accommodate all major lines of
phones, PDAs, cameras and other mobile devices.
ICP and TEC are presently testing different fashion styles with consumers before
making their final selection.
"We are also working with (major outerwear manufacturers) to license the technology
into a lot more products," said Jordan. He said he expects 30 percent of outerwear
to incorporate the solar and PAN technology combo within the next five years. That's
a long shot, but as long as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, there
will be travelers with a Jones for staying connected.
End of story.



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