Philips throws open the wardrobe of tomorrow

Dutch pioneer integrates electronics into a range of experimental, lightweight jackets

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  January 4, 2001

Philips has showcased a new range of clothing, equipped for life in the twenty-first century: the Philips jacket features a fully integrated communications system, with wires concealed in the lining.

The lightweight jacket houses the latest Xenium GSM mobile phone, with carousel menus and voice dial. The phone is itself connected to a Philips Rush MP3 player, while a discrete remote control allows the wearer to switch between the two with ease.

Dubbed ideal for the “typical Nomadic character found working in modern cities,” the garment targets road warriors on the move, but with day-to-day electronics kept permanently about their person.

New Philips ear gear and a microphone are also integrated into the collar. The earphones have an enlarged air chamber for enhanced sound and users can switch between left only, right only and stereo.

When not in use, the earphones sit in rubber housing below the collar. The jacket is made from metallic coated basket weave nylon (90 % polyamide and 10 % polyurethane).

Unfortunately, devout followers of fashion need not rush over to Philips’ showrooms today. There are no plans to make the jacket commercially available — as yet.

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