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The iPod and its smaller sibling, the iPod mini, have designers vying for a chance to dress them up.

Apple's own armband lets you wear the mini on your upper arm. (I have issues with simply strapping a rectangular object to the body, but I'll save that for another post.)

From MARWARE comes the SportSuitô Runabout, also for the iPod mini. This neoprene and terry cloth case is designed to be worn on the wrist. Although the attachment looks sturdy and comfortable, this case suffers from the same problem as the LAKS MP3 player watch does -- a cord reaches from the wrist to the ear.

Borderline wearable, the leather iPod cases from Vaja, which come with an optional belt clip, certainly win the style competition. You can even customize the case by picking from an array of color combinations. The fashionistas who run Daily Candy say, "You wouldn't be caught dead in cheapo nylon. What makes you think your gadget should?"

- Thanks to Haven for the link to MARWARE.

Update on March 17, 2004:
Gucci's now in the game! If you thought the Vaja cases were expensive at $35 - $70, don't choke when you hear that the classically styled Gucci iPod case is $195.


now isn't this sweet

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The folks who run "ensemble", an electronic music workshop for children, have created several garments and accessories with simple sensors. There's a hat that senses its position, a bag that senses light and darkness, suspenders that sense when they're being stretched, suits that sense their distance from each other, umbrellas that sense pressure, and skirts that sense acceleration.

As the kids play dress up, their movements and actions modify sounds and allow them to physically explore the music they create.

- Thanks to Chad for this link!

LAKS, an Austrian-based watch company has several flash memory watches with USB cables integrated into their straps. They've also got a watch that doubles as an MP3 player. What's amazing and exciting is that LAKS has made an effort to make these watches attractive!

(As an aside, I have to say that I'm a bit leery about the headphones on the MP3 watch. LAKS points out that they're "long enough for tall people"(!), but I can't imagine not being annoyed by a cord that stretches from my wrist to my ear.)

Unfortunately, LAKS has totally missed their mark with their Baby Boom watch. Intended for use before, during and after pregnancy, this watch calculates a female's fertile days, indicates the current week of pregnancy and the baby's expected due date, estimates when the baby's heart starts beating, proposes 5000 baby names, saves lab values from your baby's doctor visits, and more. Assuming for a moment that all of these functions are really necessary on a watch, I would imagine that the design would be comparable to that of other watches in their Ladies collection. Ah no. Even in light gray, the Baby Boom watch looks like it was designed for a male triathlete. I have no doubt that males want to share in the joy of expected childbirth, but given the very female-oriented nature of this watch, the design is simply inconsiderate and wrong.

- Thanks to Jonny for showing me the Baby Boom watch

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