Oâ€™Neill Europe is the most consistent company when is comes to Wearable Electronic. Starting a few years back with the iPod Jacket named Hub has evolved and expanded to the h4 line for Autumn/Winter 2007/2008.
First a short look back to Oâ€™Neillâ€™s evolutionary work in Wearable Electronic:
In 2004, Oâ€™Neill announced the worldâ€™s 1st mobile communications & entertainment snowboard jacket the Hub for the Autumn/Winter season 2004/2005.
The HUB mobile communications and entertainment Jacket featured a removable 128Mb MP3 player, Bluetooth that allows the wearer to make and receive calls from the cell telephone and the Eleksen fabric keyboard.
Sorry – no iPod at that time and the special very low spec MP3 player that Oâ€™Neill used was not such a good idea but they changed that in the next range.
A year later, Oâ€™Neill showed the second generation Wearable Electronic for the 2005/2006 season, the H2 line consisting of a new and now iPod ready Jacket and two Backpacks with iPod control and Bluetooth cell-phone communication system integrated. One of the Backpacks had also Solar cells on board to recharge the iPod on the go.
For the Autumn/Winter 2006/2007, Oâ€™Neill has launched for the third straight year a new and extended line of Wearable Electronic, the H3 range consisting of a communication jacket, the Campack backpack with iPod control, Bluetooth cell-phone function and added video functionality to the backpack. As new element, Oâ€™Neill also introduced the Fat Controller glove which letâ€™s you control your iPod wirelessly from your glove.
Oâ€™Neill used in the H3 range the soft control elements from Fibretronic.
We are very curious how Oâ€™Neillâ€™s ground-breaking fourth generation wearable electronics line, H4, will look and work. Oâ€™Neill has increased the range to seven pieces, including the new H4 Walkie-Talkie Jacket and the whole line should offer true wearable multimedia potential. H4 products will enable access to iPod, MP3 Players, headsets and camera equipment.
I think the new H4 range is a must have for the YouTube generation.
We will update you as soon as we get new product photos from the H4 range. Stay tuned and check back soon.