YodelUP lets skiers and riders control their phone without taking off their gloves. Photo: YodelTECH

YodelUP lets skiers and riders control their phone without taking off their gloves. Photo: Courtesy of YodelTECH

As anyone who has used Outdoor Tech Chips knows, being able to listen to music and take calls when you’re on the slopes without removing your gloves or touching your phone is a game changer. Next up: YodelUP, a startup based in Vancouver that just launched a product on Kickstarter that helps you communicate with friends on the mountain via your phone — without touching it.

Basically, it’s like having a walkie-talkie on your wrist and the ability to control your tunes.

Eat your heart out, Dick Tracy — all for $99 (shipping included) during the Kickstarter campaign. Once the YodelUP hits the market next winter, it’s expected to retail for $159.

Image: YodelTECH

Image: Courtesy of YodelTECH

The big difference between Chips and YodelUp? No helmet is necessary. “With YodelUP, you can still use your existing headphones/speaker (wired or wireless, with/without microphone), so there’s no need to get even more upgrades. In essence, YodelUP is a retrofit solution for people who prefer not to give up their favorite gear (helmet, headphones, gloves) but want to have access to their phone’s important functionality on the mountain without taking off their gloves or dealing with their phone directly,” explained Dr. Ramin S. Sahebjavaher, founder and CTO at YodelTECH, during an email interview with GrindTV.

The company partnered with Zello, a push-to-talk app with more than 65 million downloads that utilizes push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) technology, to deliver a watch-like device that can help you access apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Periscope.

YodelUP has dedicated buttons to control your music (skip back and skip forward), as well as volume buttons. Early reports claim that the interface, if not the most attractive thing we’ve ever laid our eyes on, is intuitive. It’s available in four colors: black, green, blue and orange.

The YodelUP is designed to fit any glove and has a curved hard interface for improved fit. The product (which is the product of two brothers putting their heads together, incidentally) is both waterproof and shockproof and will be shipped in time for next winter.

The YodelUp is available in multiple colorways. Photo: YodelTECH

The YodelUP is available in multiple colorways. Photo: Courtesy of YodelTECH

For more info, check out the YodelUP on Kickstarter.

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