Electronic Design

Stylish Jacket Sports MP3 Player And Cell-Phone Capability

For fashion with a high-tech edge, slip into the mp3blue. This jacket from Rosner GmbH & Co. and Infineon Technologies features a built-in MP3 player and cell-phone functionality. Its electrically conductive fabric connects a compact electronics module to a textile keyboard on the left sleeve, and to headphones and a microphone integrated in the collar. The module contains the 128-Mbyte MP3 player and features a Bluetooth gateway for possible hands-free capability. A rechargeable battery powers the jacket for up to eight hours. Plus, the module slides right out of its pouch, so laundry is an easy task. The jacket costs 599 euros, or $725. For details, go to


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