Sometimes--like when it's freezing out or you're speeding along on your bike--it's not very convenient to take out your gadget and fumble with the controller. A new wearable electronics system called Paniq lets you do the controlling straight from your clothes, which could make things easier (or not).
By connecting Paniq modules to Paniqmode interactive garments, you can control your iPod or other gizmo via smart-fabric buttons integrated into the garb.
The Paniq system is not unlike the, whose sleeve buttons feature play/pause, volume, off/on and backward/forward track controls.
But given that New York-based QIO Systems, Paniq's maker, has teamed with a range of clothing manufacturers to produce Paniq-compatible garments, you'll have a fair amount of choice when it comes to the smart duds you don. (Partners include Cole Haan, Zoo York, Killa, iQuantum, Celio, Beaucre, and Bailo.)
Paniqmode clothes support electronics including iPods/iPhones, Bluetooth mobile phones, AM/FM radio, and even walkie-talkies. The Paniq controllers cost $20, weight about a tenth of an ounce, and come in several colors and styles. They're available from apparel and electronics retailers, or from Paniq's online store.