The Navigate jacket combines GPS technology with fashion-focused design
The Navigate jacket
An accompanying smartphone app stores destinations and directions
The LEDs on the sleeves of the Navigate jacket provide directional cues
Wearable Experiments believes it is successful in integrating electronics in a "subtle, unobtrusive and appealing" way
We've seen GPS integrated into garments before, but this type of technology has never really caught on, undoubtedly because most folks already have car navigation systems, smartphones and standalone GPS units that do a better job. Maybe the key is in designing a GPS-based garment that offers some advantage over existing options, like pulling your face out of your LCD display so that you no longer have to stumble around the city half blind. The NAVIGATE jacket does just that, using LED guide lights and haptic feedback to spoon-feed you the directions.
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