Wearable system for mountaineers proposed

mountaineeringGiven the amount of money people spend on mountaineering gear (not to mention what it costs just to get to places like Mt. Everest), it's a little surprising nobody's come up with a wearable computer system designed specifically for climbers. However, Anurag Sehgal at the Interaction Design Institute in Italy, attempts to address this in a thesis project that attempts to combine a satellite phone, GPS, digital camera, PDA and other equipment into a complete wearable system controlled by a glove-based gesture system (after all, you're not about to take your gloves off to use a keyboard when summitting Everest). Sounds great; now let's get someone to actually manufacture it.