Gap's gadget garment blasts your favorite tunes

Wearable tech goes mainstream as the Gap introduces jacket with built-in radio. Photo: Noise in the hood

In a sign that wearable technology is gaining greater acceptance, the Gap on Thursday introduced a fleece jacket with a built-in radio for kids.

Designed jointly by GapKids, the Gap's arm for children's clothing, and toy maker Wild Planet, the "Hoodio" will be available in stores Monday.

"Wearable technology is the latest innovation in the apparel, electronic and toy industries, and we're excited to be at the forefront of this trend by partnering with Wild Planet to create a kids' product as cool and interactive as the Hoodio," GapKids Vice President Mark Breitbard said in a statement.

The Hoodio has a control keypad located on the sleeve and a hood that conceals the speakers, which are removable.

The jacket comes in black, green, blue and pink, and retails for $68. It will be available in stores and on the company's Web site.

Wearable technology has not yet caught on with mainstream consumers, although some companies, including Fairfax, Va.-based Xybernaut, have put products on the market. Xybernaut sells a wearable, 1.9-pound computer with an 8.4-inch touch screen.

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