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Wearable system for mountaineers proposed

Marc Perton

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.

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