[QIO Systems] New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
French fashion brand Celio has launched the iPod compatible Celio Club Suit, and Canadian brand Killa has launched a range of hip-hop clothing for fall 2009, both incorporating advanced e-textile technologies from QIO Systems. QIO manufactures, licenses and sells made-for-iPod electronics to apparel manufacturers. The traditionally tailored Celio jacket places the iPod controls on the breast label inside, with a specially designed pocket to hold the iPod in place, to keep the pocket’s smooth and sleek appearance. All Killa styles work with QIOs complete range of electronics for iPod, Bluetooth cell phone technologies, AM/FM radio and future product offerings. The majority of integrations support a touchpad on the garment’s sleeve and the iPod and QIO electronics in a chest pocket, which allow for basic iPod control functions, but it is possible for the items to be placed anywhere on the garment. QIO touchpads are a touch-sensitive textile which can be integrated into any textile product to make that product interactive.