By Alexandra Burlacu | Nov 15, 2012 12:49 PM EST
Blue Infusion Technologies, a company specializing in enhancing experiences through technology, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its flagship product, BEARTek Gloves.
Made in the USA, the signature BEARTek Gloves are Bluetooth-enabled audio regulation gloves designed for use during winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. The project will be available from Nov. 12 through Dec. 15 on Kickstarter, an online crowdsourcing platform for creative projects. Blue Infusion Technologies' second glove collection for motorcyclists is due to officially launch in the spring of 2013.
"As a motorcyclist, it has always been difficult to operate my cell phone or music device without having to move my hands from the handle bars of my bike. BEARTek gloves will now provide motorcyclists the convenience and safety of operating any smartphone or Bluetooth music device with simple finger touches on the glove," said Blue Infusion technologies Founder, inventor and CEO Willie Blout, according to the press release.
BEARTek Gloves and the concept behind it are creating quite a buzz in the technology world, especially after appearing on popular tech communities Gizmodo and Trend Hunter. The gloves pack a removable Bluetooth control module that serves as the "mastermind," pairing to phone and music devices. With the BEARTek Gloves, users can easily control Bluetooth smart products such as iPhones and Android devices.
The fingers of the glove have six touch points strategically embedded. By tapping the thumb to one of those six touch points, users can accept incoming calls, switch music playlists, or enable audio controls while skiing, motorcycling or engaging in other such mobile activities.
Unlike the often bulky traditional glove, which is restrictive and typically affects the control of a smart device, BEARTek Gloves are based on the single-hand control concept, which enables improved safety and convenience.
"As a skier, I often miss incoming calls as I attempt to pull my phone from my pocket while going down a slope, and sometimes I'm forced to pull off to the side to adjust my music," explained Tarik Rodgers, Partner and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Blue Infusion Technologies.
"BEARTek gloves now provide skiers the convenience of accepting and making calls or adjusting music without having to pull off to the side of the slope, take off a glove in the freezing cold, all to then pull the phone from a pocket just to return a missed call. An even scarier concern is dropping my phone or glove while on a ski lift. Now my glove stays on my hand and my phone remains in my pocket."
BEARTek Gloves pack an extensive set of key elements and features, and have been designed by top industry developers with an impressive client list that includes Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Gorgonz, Burton, and Ralph Lauren.
Blue Infusion Technologies' BEARTek Gloves offer a completely wireless solution, and are also compatible with Bluetooth helmets and headsets. The removable Bluetooth module, meanwhile, allows for easy system upgrades. Users can, for instance, transfer it to any BEARTek Glove available in various colors, without having to buy a new module for each pair.
BEARTek Gloves will be available on Kickstarter from Nov. 12 through Dec. 15, for a minimum $150 donation. For more information, product images, and demo videos, visit the company's BEARTek Gloves Web site.