Coats with speakers in them let everyone in the room know that you’ve arrived — in style

Designer comes up with unique speaker / clothing combination to make head turns

This is what happens when you take someone interested in fashion and send them to tech school. Meet Tesia Kosmalski — she’s the outside-the-box thinker here who come with a concept of wearing speakers in one’s coat for what she’s calling the “Echo Coats” series.

Echo Coats

Basically, the coats are meant for a woman (or man, if he is so inclined) to playfully announce their arrival in a public space. There are two variations: First is the “Adante Coat” which, as Kosmalski describes it, “teases the world around its wearer by uttering sensual cosmetic titles, originally meant to tempt her own purchasing power.” Interesting description — not sure what it means, but interesting nonetheless.

Adante Coat

The second variation is called the “Staccato coat” and it releases machine sounds from the shoulders to urge people near the walking speaker / woman to get out of her way.

Staccato Coat

Now, while the concept is certainly out there, its execution is actually pretty impressive. Technology involved includes mini-speakers — sadly, none of our good looking, ultra portable, super lightweight portable speakers were considered for this project — as well as headset microphones and iPods.

The MP3 players run a program called RjDj, a reactive music app that combines live environmental sound through headset microphone and sound programming within the iPod itself. The coats, in turn, use these mikes as touch sensors and sound detectors to influence the audio playback.

The mini-speakers, meanwhile, are hooked up to the MP3 player and embedded on the outside of the coats to turn any nicely dressed person into a walking sound circus.

It’s no doubt a notable feat, but when you consider that there’s a full line of quality designed portable speakers that you can wear ALREADY available on the market, this all seems a bit trite, no?

Disagree? Enjoy this very artsy video Kosmalski put together on the fashion below:

Lost your way? Check your GPS shoes for the way home

Technology incorporated into clothing takes big step forward

GPS shoes

Feet don’t fail me now! Designer Dominic Wilcox has come up with the raddest idea in footwear in a long time, and something that definitely puts LeBron’s $300 shoes to shame: GPS kicks.

Dominic Wilcox GPS shoes

The whole thing’s pretty simple to use: the wearer uploads their destination information into the shoes via custom-made mapping software and USB cable.

GPS shoes – USB plug-in

From there, a GPS receiver located in the heel of the left shoe takes over, using a circle of LEDs on the left shoe to act like a compass to point the walker in the direction they need to go, and LED lights on the toe of the right shoe to show how much further they have to go.

The closer the walker gets to their destination, the more the shoe lights up.

Toes of GPS shoes

Wilcox explains his influence for the shoes pretty succinctly on his website:”I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home,” he said.

Hey, who am I to question genius?

What does it mean gif

Not only is the whole concept pretty dope, the shoes are damn fine looking, too. They’re made of gray leather with red stitching, feature red laces, and on the soles are a Wilcox drawing of buildings and other structures.

GPS shoes – design

GPS shoes – sole

Some pretty inspiring stuff, right? The shoes were commissioned through the Global Footprint project, an initiative that invites artists and designers to explore the economic, cultural, social, and environmental impact of the shoes and boots industry.

No word on how much they are, but if you know anything about our wireless speakers, it’s that we are fans of art, especially good art like this. So, if you want to read more about Wilcox’s project, head to his site at dominicwilcox.com