Pretty much all of our personal electronic devices use touchscreen control so why not our outdoor gadgets? The big new trend in headlamps is touch activated control. Simply swipe your finger across the housing to turn the headlamp on and off or to change illumination modes. No more fumbling for buttons in the middle of the night.
Most outdoor companies use fit models to help design their standard products, from which all different sizing options are created based on a grading scale. Some companies, such as The North Face, have experimented with user controlled software that matches your personal measurements to the best corresponding product size. Petzl is taking a more proactive approach by reaching out directly to you, asking you to send in your body measurements to help the company better design future product sizes.
has teamed up with Microsoft (yes Microsoft) to incorporate their new battery technology into Black Diamond's future line of mountaineering headlamps. Called InstaLoad, Microsoft's technology allows you to insert batteries into your headlamp in whichever direction you choose.