According to the wikipedia.org entry for “hat,” over the course of history, hats have had greater social significance than their utility would suggest—in fact, hats have denoted social status, military rank, religious adherence, and even membership within a gang. With the introduction of the iCap by Lake Worth, FL company Gesten, surely another social signifier can be added to that list.
According to a company press release, the iCap is a baseball cap with an MP3 system integrated into the brim. The system features a 1GB MP3 player, an FM tuner, a voice recorder, an SRS WOW digital surround sound chip, and two speakers. The iCap even has a Micro SD card slot to expand memory or play the new Slot Music format.
Before you scoff at the style (the MP3 player makes the hat look as though somebody fastened a garage door opener to it), take into account the utility of having a voice recorder always on hand “for creating reminders or shopping lists on the fly.” Your average fedora can’t do that!
Jeffrey Gesten, president of Gesten Technologies says in the press release that, “If you listen to loud music through ear buds, then you are risking long term hearing damage. If you listen while you are jogging or bicycle riding, then you are risking your hearing…and your life!”
The MP3 player can be detached from the iCap and fitted to another hat, a belt, or a backpack.
If you are inclined to add the iCap to the Wikipedia “hats” page, be sure to mention that the iCap does not denote military rank or involvement with a gang.
For more information, visit www.icapmp3.com.