O'Neill's 'Fat Controller' Enabled by Fibretronic.
Using Fibretronic's technologies, O'Neill Europe has launched the world's first iPod control snowboarding glove on sale Christmas 2005.
Dubbed the 'Fat Controller' by O'Neill, the glove incorporates Fibretronic's unique mini joystick controller that has been designed to wirelessly operate an iPod player by connecting to an RF transmitter located in the cuff of the glove. The joystick is sewn into the glove on the back of the hand and the five audio functions can be easily toggled by moving the soft rubber stick. The signals from the joystick are then sent wirelessly from the transmitter in the glove to a receiver unit that plugs into the iPod player.
The joystick is suitable for incorporation into a broad range of textile or soft products and it will be seen in other ground-breaking garments and accessories in 2006. It offers a compact solution for controlling any type of electronic device compared to the more conventional flat style keypad systems. The joystick control system can be supplied in both 'wired' and wireless formats.