We have long speculated what the future will actually be like: flying cars, livable space stations, intergalactic travel will be the norm – you know, all that stuff. Alas, none of those things have quite come to fruition yet, and I doubt they will in my lifetime. What may actually become a thing that we can have, though, is wearable tech. And I'm not talking about smartwatches and the like. I'm talking about intelligent, sophisticated clothing.

Kind of like this insane concept jacket that ScotteVest is showing off at CES:

This is the TEC (Technology Enabled Clothing) Jacket 2.0. It has features that we've never seen before in a jacket (file that under "sentences that I never expected to write"), like built-in, flexible speakers and noise-cancelling microphones; onboard network-enhancing antennas, batteries, batteries, and more batteries; solar plates, and e-ink displays to output current stats. Hell, this thing even sports its own heating/cooling system that can keep you at the perfect temperature – give or take a degree. That's just pure insanity. And I want it. Right now.

Unfortunately, this is just a concept. A way of saying, "hey, look what we can do." As such, there's no price, no release date, no availability info. Nothing. We can't even say for sure if this jacket will ever leave "concept status – but we can sure hope.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go sew a tablet into my Old Navy fleece.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Blaine Magee

    I'm throwing my money at the screen but nothing is happening.

    • PINJ

      Because It Wont Accept Anything Less Than 10k

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    This thing better be self-drying with adjusting sleeves.

    ScotteVest, for reference, see http://www.originalbuzz.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/back-to-the-future.jpg

  • glash

    Is there somewhere a 10 year old Tony Stark in this company? o.O Cause it will be amazing if he grows up :D

  • LouLewisLewison

    Once you went outside, you would own this for about 10 minutes, then someone else would own this.

  • brkshr

    They should put all of the tech in an inner shell, so we can buy different outer shells for different occasions or 'update' the outer shell to new fads (not that I follow fads, but others do).

  • justsayin

    the "mug-me" jacket

  • GraveUypo

    i'm so glad i was born before this kinda crap becomes main stream...

    • mesmorino

      I'd rather be born when it was mainstream. All those people who were around when cars were invented, or aircraft, or even cellphones, they had to live through the alpha and beta development stages. I'd rather be born when my self driving flying car is standardised.

      • GraveUypo

        alpha and beta stages are always the most fun. and this isn't going to make life better, this is just unnedeed technocrap aimed at the tweeter generation that can't spend 2 hours away from the internet.

  • http://4LadyDi.blogpsot.com/ Lady Di

    This jacket was ok until the sleeve panels I think they were. If they are on the back most part of the sleeve, how can I see it?!?! Maybe I need to watch this video another 10+ times to get it.

  • McLean Riley

    This jacket is awesome. Except that the wrist readouts are upside down. That would be tough to read on the fly.

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    Hello, future.

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    Are you guys serious? This thing is so damn ugly.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    So, it is every geeks backpack, but stuffed into an uncomfortable jacket? Seriously, when I look at my backpack, 80% of this is the same stuff I see in there, but now I'd be carrying that weight everywhere and can't set it down.

    Don't get me wrong, I like some of the ideas, but some of this isn't desirable in a real product. I'll take about half of what they want in this jacket.

  • JG

    Its a good thing we're moving away from magnetic data storage.... I'd hate to see how many people accidentally erase their entire digital life work when they pull the magnetic zipper up & down...

  • Ryan Wallace

    This is pretty stupid IMO!

  • tjennhw

    I've sewn tablet pockets into all my jackets and one of my vests. Vests are the future!

  • Sy

    Did they have to use the elevator sound effect from Doom thirty times?

  • http://twitter.com/Sonnofah The Pheals

    so... is this machine washable or... lol

    • bright

      including the data :D

  • bian

    I prefer jacket with powered exoskeleton so I can bring my desktop pc everywhere

  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    This a jacket for Apple fan boys.

  • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

    All set!