Zip: control your music

Zip is a garment that explores the aesthetics and interaction of wearable technology solutions that have built-in music controls. There are many products on the market today ranging from snowboard jackets to hoodies that allow you to connect your music player and control it using buttons integrated into the textiles. However, most of the solutions simply take the music player's hardware controls and replicate them on the sleeve or inside the lapel using eTextiles.

The Experience

Zip is a garment that connects to your phone or music player and allows you to control it simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear. In this case, zip up to increase the volume, zip down to decrease it, and tug on the pullstraps to retract the integrated earbuds. Enjoy your music experience without all the devices and wires hanging all over you.

Zipper control
The main interaction is located in the zipper, which is used to control the volume. As you zip your jacket up, protecting yourself from the outside world, the volume increases. As you unzip, you turn the volume down, opening yourself up to intimacy and conversations.

Earbud collar
Earbuds are integrated into the jacket and nicely nested away in the collar. When you want to use them, simply pull them out of the collar. When you're done, pull on the collar pullstraps to retract them back into the collar.

Device pocket
The pocket allows you to connect your device (such as a phone or music player). A retractable connector allows you to pull the device out of your pocket at any time without disconnecting your experience.

Future versions
Zip focuses on one of the fundamental music controls: volume. Imagine the possibilities of future versions that allow you to have even more control. Skip tracks, pause, and browse your playlists, all through gestures that we naturally perform.

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  1. Jaime Noggin
    July 3, 2012

    Brilliant idea! Obviously there would have to be a way to overide the zipper control for times when you don’t want to unzip your jacket to lower the volume completely ( like it’s cold!), maybe going real slow adjusts the volume while going fast is ignored. Also, maybe they could invent a zipper gesture to pause the music or mute the call.

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