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Hot on the heels of a recent study that says women blame email and the Internet (and their ready availability on hand-held devices) for a lackluster sex life, comes a new way to ensure that ones iPhone is always within reach.
Mavie Marcos is a Bay Area-based elektronica artist who's one-third of a group called Andain and also records solo music. On the side she's got a project called VENT that pushes "wearable iPhone fashion."
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The iPod compatible glove
You can see one of her creations in her music video for a remake of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." (It's the kind of song you'd want to fall asleep to after a particularly successful day of doing drugs.) It's a Burning Man-style knit glove with a pocket built in that holds an iPhone to the inner part of the forearm, so the wearer can access their machine with a simple flick of the wrist.
Incorporating technology into fashion isn't really a new thing. There's the iPod belt that let's people carry their music library just above their nether-regions and Levi's debuted iPod compatible jeans in 2006.
Marcos's sleeve version is less jokey than the iPod belt and more ostentatious than the iPod compatible jeans. It makes the iPhone, which is already irrevocably an extension of the owner, an extension of the wearer's body. Which makes us wonder: Is the road to total cyborg-ization paved with iPhone gloves?