One entrepreneur says he's created the perfect device for every sports enthusiast: a high-tech glove to access their phones using their fingertips.
"GoGlove is a wearable, wireless remote to allow you to interact with your smartphone," said inventor Ben Harris.
Watch Harris give his 60-second pitch to a panel with Nihal Mehta, founding partner at Eniac Ventures; Michael Roberts, executive editor of Outside Magazine; and Matt Compton, an REI board member. Will the "Power Pitch" panel get their fingers on this new technology or will they be hands off?
Avid skiers, Ben Harris and his cousin Eric Ely would listen to music carving down mountains. However, something as minor as changing a song or adjusting the volume meant having to remove bulky gloves. "When I was wearing a glove, I found it impossible to control my music with my phone in my pocket," Harris said.
This set them on a mission to "develop technology designed to simplify our lives and keep us enjoying the moment." The result: GoGlove.
The GoGlove is a pair of thin, Bluetooth-enabled, gloves that can be worn on their own or underneath another pair of gloves. In one of the gloves, sensors are located in each of the fingertips, and the thumb holds a magnet. A GoGlove app, designed for Android and iOS devices, lets the user program what phone functions each fingertip controls.
With the GoGlove, users will be able to access and control their music from popular apps including iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. In May 2015, GoGlove plans to allow other third party apps to integrate the GoGlove functions.
"When the product launches, the app will allow for customization of each finger to control your camera, hear a text while you are running, send a distress signal, or control any device connected to the Internet," Harris said.
And users won't be limited to using the GoGlove during the cold months. "When the weather turns warm and the glove isn't practical, just unplug the control module and strap it to your bike, wrist or keychain for simple control of your mobile device," Harris said.
Mehta asked Harris how he views competition in the wearable technology space.
"I think sometimes technology comes out that is possible, but maybe not so user friendly. And so what we're really trying to do is just allow simple control. We want to be undercover with technology and allow you to interact with your mobile device without everybody knowing that you are," Harris answered.
GoGlove has raised $45,585 through its Kickstarter campaign, exceeding its initial goal of $40,000. The campaign ended on Dec. 4.
The GoGlove is projected to be available in June and will retail for $129. Harris and Ely will focus on selling the GoGlove in local sports retailers and big-box retailers nationwide.