Burton hat bags wireless stereo

Negotiating a black run while holding a mobile phone is all in a day's work for the Stuff team and now we have the perfect accessory - a Bluetooth hat

Negotiating a black run while holding a mobile phone is all in a day's work for the Stuff team and now we have the perfect accessory - a Bluetooth hat, courtesy of Burton offshoot R.E.D.

The Audex Bluetooth hat may look like a tea cosy but it conceals a stereo Motorola Bluetooth headset. 'Stereo?' you say. Indeed. This knit-wear beanie comes loaded with the latest wire-free profile, A2DP (that's Advanced Audio Distribution to you and us). It allows streaming of high quality stereo audio through nothing more than pure Alpine air, so as well as taking calls you can also listen to your MP3 collection.

We're working on the assumption, of course, that your music's on a A2DP compatible phone - a relatively rare beast at the moment. The fantastically expensive Nokia 8800 is one of them; the bulky O2 Xda Exec is another.

The good news: by the time it launches, Samsung will have released the Advanced Audio-equipped SGH-E760 clamshell. If you have boring old normal Bluetooth you can still use the hat for calls - and use the headset as a standard set of headphones for when you're doing your DJ set.

And while we're on the subject of gadgety accessories for the slopes this winter may we suggest a £30 Matt Gilbert scarf (above right). It has no electronics on-board but it does have a beautifully knitted and incredibly geeky scroll bar. Go on, you know you want one.

The Audex hat is available from early next year and pricing's yet to be confirmed.

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