updated 08:55 am EST, Fri December 9, 2005
Burton Audex jacket
Motorola and Burton Snowboards today announced their new Bluetooth-enabled Audex Jacket Series. The new allows winter sports enthusiasts to control any Bluetooth phone (wirelessly) and iPod (wired) using a special 'control panel'. Jointly developed by Motorola and Burton to bring "wearable technology" to active consumers, the jacket is designed for both amateur rider or professional users. "The Audex jacket line is a combination of Bluetooth Wireless technology from Motorola and Burton snowboarding gear, resulting in outerwear that acts as the control center for handsfree communication and entertainment while on the slopes ... or wherever a consumer may go." It is available starting at $600.
"Music and technology are a huge part of the snowboard culture," says Bryan Johnston, Burton's VP of Global Marketing. "The Audex line makes it easier than ever to listen to music and pick up calls whether you're riding up the lift or grabbing a taxi downtown."
The Audex jacket features a one-touch control panel located on the left-hand sleeve, which offers easy access to incoming and outgoing calls, and music selections. The panel includes functions for navigating playlist, artist, album and track navigation, volume up/down and play/pause/stop via an intuitive "click wheel-style" button.
Users can connect a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to the panel wirelessly as well as connect an iPod player via hidden, unobtrusive wires within the jacket. Speakers and a microphone are located in the hood for taking and making calls as well as listening to music. The control panel, speakers, mic and rechargeable battery are all easily removeable.
The jacket supports any third-, fourth-, or fifth-generation iPod player with a docking station (not the iPod shuffle) and supports any Bluetooth 1.1 or 1.2-enabled mobile phone that supports "headset" or "hands-free" Bluetooth profiles.
The Audex jacket is the first in a line of products co-developed by Motorola and Burton. The next products, the Audex Protective Gear, will be available starting in 2006, according to the company and will include an Audex Helmet and Audex Padded Hat--both of which will be equipped with Bluetooth stereo headphones, featuring easy-to- use control buttons for convenient and wireless on-the-go talking or music-listening.