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Not a jacket to wear on a plane...

...not once you wire it up and add the solar panels...

Still, the new version of the Scott eVest has to be a neat toy for serious geeks. Not sure what the Bluetooth folks will think about the "patent-pending Personal Area Network (PAN)", though. It seems a bit impolite to steal a name that's already in use for something similar (even if it is a matter of wired versus wireless).


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Jan. 13th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
Serious Flaw
You're gonna get REALLY hot wearing that jacket long enough to get a charge, especially in a country with sufficient sunlight to warrant it's use, surely?

Plus, where's the female version?????
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
True, but with the zip off sleeves and the lightweight versions you can pick one for the climate ... plus you can always leave your jacket hanging over the back of your chair or in the car in one easily stealable bundle with all your kit in it!

But if you watch photographers or gadget geeks, you'll already see many of them either wearing a vest of many pockets or carrying a bag around with them with all the kit in it, whatever the temperatures and amount of sunlight. I know that I was carrying a fairly full backpack with me in Florida last week and the temperature was up in the mid-to-high 80s (F) and the sunlight was incredible! Having one of those solar recharging systems would have kept my cellphone, PDA, CD player, powered speakers and digital camera topped up (not to mention the personal DVD player, the noise cancelling headphones, the maglites and other electronic devices that were in the shoulder bag!) and with the zip off sleeves and the cool mesh back, I would just need some strap system to convert it to a backpack for it to be a perfect device (and yes, I've done some design work in the past on making a jacket of pockets that coverted into a backpack or shoulder bag ... the usual problems are: folding across a deep pocket, having half the pockets upside down and having the inside pockets become inaccessible ... or having stuff fall out in the conversion from one form factor to the other).

The female version of 2.5 is on clearance, along with the 2.5 sport versions (lighter material etc.) here.
Jan. 13th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC)
That's the thing DJ was pointing me at a couple of days ago as a way to carry multiple electronic gadgets around with ease.

I'm sorry, but no fscking way, José! I'd rather go without my toys... You think I want to look like a geek? When I do, it just happens accidentally and I seek to correct it ASAP...
Jan. 13th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
Erm ...
... it depends on which one you get surely? Several of the eVests look like standard fleeces or windbreaker type jackets and have all the "hardware" hidden inside.

Some people like to have the photographer's vest style, but there do appear to be several models of jacket that just look like normal person clothing.
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Erm ...
Quite so. Also garments that fall very close to the "wouldn't be seen dead in..." category. :¬)
Jan. 13th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
Most people don't realise I'm wearing one; unlike the website, you'll find they aren't see through, that's called a dia-gram. :)

Jan. 13th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
Whatever *will* they think of next, eh?

No, I realise they don't look like - well, Roger Burton West's waistcoat of technology™.

Quite smart, me, really.

However, I am also in all likelihood a shallow, appearance-driven style victim who is too concerned with his appearance and how others think of me.
Jan. 14th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't touch Scott eVest with a bargepole. Ordered one once, never got it, and I'm still getting spam from them (and the address I gave them gets spam from other people, too).
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