Levis launch RedWire iPod Jeans.
The world's first iPod compatible jeans have been launched by Levi Strauss for worldwide retail sales this autumn. The 'RedWire DLX' jeans incorporate a custom designed iPod control system developed by Fibretronic for incorporation into the watch pocket of the jeans.
The RedWire DLX jeans use Fibretronic's patented 'Fiddler' joystick controller to operate the usual iPod functions play/pause, rewind, fast forward, volume up and volume down. The Fibretronic system also includes an audio socket embedded in the watch pocket to provide a remote port for the connection of earphones.
A textile cable, designed in Levis signature red colour, carries the joystick commands and audio signals from the watch pocket, through the jeans and into the dedicated iPod pocket located on the thigh. The textile cable connects to Fibretronic's iPod interfacing electronics which are housed in a specially designed cradle that also functions as a docking station for the iPod.
Dianne Jones, Technical Director of Fibretronic commented 'We are delighted that Levis has partnered with Fibretronic to develop and produce this innovative wearables product. We think the RedWire DLX jeans represent a major step forward for the Wearable Electronics market, opening up new application possibilities in garments'.
The RedWire DLX jeans are available in both men's and women's styles and are compatible with most of iPod models including; iPod with Video, Nano, Mini, 20GB, 30GB and 60GB iPods.
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