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Clothing for the Gadget Era

Kim Hart

These days, we all lug around more devices than we can keep up with: phones, iPods, headsets and BlackBerrys. A number of firms are trying to push tech clothing to try to take advantage of it all.

A company in Idaho claims to have solved "the daily challenge of carrying and using multiple electronic devices while still sporting the latest in fashionable technology apparel." SCOTTEVEST, a subsidiary of Technology Enabled Clothing, sells shirts, hoodies, vests, pants, hats and jackets that all have hidden compartments to tote around your gadgets.

The company even got a patent for what it calls the "personal area network," or the ability to channel wires through the lining of the clothes in order to wire and connect various devices. Shirts also have specially designed pockets so you can store devices without stretching or weighing down the neckline. Could be handy, if you're willing to rewire your own clothing before wearing it.

The company also sells solar panels you can attach to the back of a jacket that recharges Mp3 players and cell phones while you're out and about.

I wonder how many moms out there received this as a gift yesterday.

By Kim Hart  |  May 14, 2007; 7:31 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Hmmm...this Cleveland company's been doing the tech-clothes line for years:

Posted by: Juanita Higginbotham | May 14, 2007 11:24 AM

I can tell you that the Scott Technology Enabled Hat is a loser. The compartment under the visor is too small to hold anything but possibly a carefully folded dollar bill. And the reason the company says the hat has "no unsightly bulges" is because anything you place in the the side compartment will burrow into your head. Forget about keeping your keys in it unless you want a headache.

Posted by: Buzz | May 17, 2007 11:15 AM

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