Mix Master Glove remote: Easy winter tune control

Hate having to choose between fat fingers and cold fingers when controlling your tunes on the slopes? Check out this techno-apparel.

Winter glove with built-in MP3 remote
An interface for when you actually want fat fingers. Video screenshot by Eric Smalley/CNET

The growing evening chill has many a person's fancy turning to the slopes. But as you're picturing yourself shredding a glorious mountainside, you might also be remembering how annoying it is controlling your tunes with fat gloves.

The Mix Master Glove from snowboard maker Burton aims to keep you from fumbling around in your pockets to control the music player on your iPod or iPhone. The glove sports a removable wireless remote. A wireless receiver plugs into your iPod or iPhone. The remote lets you change tracks, adjust volume, and hit play or pause. Check out the video below. (Is that really what shredders listen to these days?)

Wearing the glove might get you tagged an accessory man, but the convenience is probably worth the dis. I wonder, though, about wearing a control unit on your body as you defy gravity at high speeds. Wipe out the wrong way and you blow out your eardrums. At $160, you'd hate to test the gloves' durability in a yard sale.

There's also the question of why you're listening to tunes on the slopes at all. Don't you get amped enough by what you're doing on your board? I can understand tuning out everyday places like the subway, but I'm thinking you might really want to be totally present for that Rocky Mountain high.

The Mix Master Glove is available for men only, and Burton doesn't have plans for a women's model, according to a company spokesperson. The wearable remote is made by Fibretronic, which also supplies other makers of MP3-controlling winter gloves, including Kombi, O'Neill, Reusch, and Tog 24.

(Via Gadget Lab)

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