Introduced during the CeBIT 2006 in Hannover (Germany) this month by Interactive Wear AG, the GPS/Galileo Demo Jacket knows where it is.The Know-Where-Jacket has a mobile phone, an MP3 player, headphones, a microphone and a waterproof sleeve keypad as well as an emergency call button.
But one more feature makes this demonstrator unique: the integration of a terminal that is referred to as a â€˜GPS eyeâ€™ which is used for determining and transmitting the position of the wearer of such a Jacket, based on GPS technology.
In this way, it is not only possible to determine the location of the jacketâ€™s wearer, it is also possible for GPSoverIP to enable real-time determination of the personâ€™s location within a building.
Compared to conventional solutions that are not integrated into garments, the integration of the active GPS antenna into the jacketâ€™s shoulder area ensures optimum reception of GPS signals.
Possible applications for the Know Where Jacket range from luxury, entertainment and leisure applications (climbing or biking in the mountains, sailing, etc.) to safety and applications in traffic and logistics.