Motorola and Burton Snowboards have launched a Bluetooth-enabled jacket for iPods and mobile phones aimed at sports fans who enjoy slithering down the mountains.

The new Audex jacket was jointly developed by Motorola and Burton to bring wearable technology to active consumers.

"It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the commercial availability of the Audex Jacket Series," said Bruce Hawver, VP and director of Motorola's Companion Products Group, Motorola.

The Audex jacket carries a control panel on the left-hand sleeve, which will access incoming and outgoing calls, and iPod music selection.

Wearers can wirelessly connect a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to the panel, while hooking up their iPod using hidden cables within the jacket. Speakers and a microphone are located in the hood for taking and making calls and listening to music.

It's the first of several jointly-developed products from the firms. Audex Protective Gear, which includes the Audex Helmet and Audex Padded Hat, both equipped with Bluetooth stereo headphones and control buttons, will ship in 2006.

The Audex Jacket isn't cheap. It costs from $599.95 and is available now in the US.