Zegna releases the jacket joystick

For those with long memories and a mis-spent youth, the latest fashion accessory from Ermenegildo Zegna sounds like the sort of thing the Control boffins would have come up with for Agent 86, Maxwell Smart.

The Zegna Bluetooth-enabled Icon jacket is a slim-fit, waterproof, triple-layer jacket with joystick controls installed into the sleeves so you never have to take out your smartphone.

The controller pairs with your device via Bluetooth, allowing the wearer to answer or end calls, as well as play music by toggling the flexible stick to the right and left, or up and down. Simply connect your headphones to the jacket and string them through a convenient hole near your ears.

The jacket, which currently comes in red and navy (a black version is also coming soon) comes with a detachable quilted body warmer and “body shield” lining to keep you extra warm.

At a not-insignificant $US1295 ($1400), it's another example of the "wearable" technology fad that is gaining momentum via the likes of Google Glass and smart watches.

Max Smart would definitely approve.