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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Latest in Tech Fashion: From Geek to Chic

Why buy a $10 cell phone case at a discount store when you can set yourself apart with a $305 Louis Vuitton "international telephone case"? Small, popular gadgets, combined with Bluetooth devices that free the user from wires, are making tech devices tres chic.

One fashion designer describes its thigh holder for cell phones and PDAs as "really practical and really sexy." Bluetooth headsets and other wearable technologies are gaining acceptance, and judging by the expansion of chain stores such as Simply Wireless and mobile phone kiosks at malls, sales are on the rise. Usability issues remain, however. Says Roger Entner of the research firm Ovum, "If you wash your sweater [with a device inside] it's toast. Or you have to charge your sweater or jacket. It's kind of silly."

Source: Washington Post