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Kirigami, a Stretchable Battery

In my last article we looked at options to make electronics more elastic and stretchable. But what about the batteries we need to energize stretchable electronics? Traditional batteries are far way from being elastic, to stretch even a tiny little bit. A possible solution for stretchable batteries comes from a team of researcher at the…

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Flexible, Stretchable Electronics

One of the fundamental requirements in wearable electronics is to make it stretchable, flexible, elastic. Without this properties there is no way electronics can be integrated into clothing. Over the past years various research and development activities have been undertaken to master the stretchability of electronic elements, to make electronic systems conformal with the textile…

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Safe Ride Cycling Jacket

Two students from Mexico’s National Autonomous University have created a “Safe Ride” jacket to increase the lifespan of cyclists in their city. The “Safe Ride” jacket as they call their design is very similar to the mother of all turn signal jackets: The Turn-Signal Jacket invented by Leah Buechley in 2008. Personally I am surprised…

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Creative, Innovative Wearable Technology community

While companies search for the next  killer application in Wearable Technology a fast growing community of Makers, Students, Artists and home-brew creatives in the DIY community generate inspiring designs with wearable technologies. The advantage of Makers, Artists and home-brew enthusiasts is they do not have to consider cost, robustness of design and production limitation as designer and…

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Wearable Power – are we there yet?

The short answer is – NO. Wearable Power is one of the hot topics for Wearable Electronic research and development. The dream for unlimited power on the go is as old as our relation with portable, personal and now wearable devices. A few years ago I have spend a considerable amount of time to hunt down…

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Wearable Technology in Healthcare

When we talk about Wearable Technology we usually think about the new hot items of activity tracking bracelets and shirts, smart watches or gorgeous looking, illuminated and animated garments. These Wearables getting almost all of the public attention. Only when we dig a little deeper into Wearable Technology we find another, to my opinion highly…

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Wearable Solar Power

The northern hemisphere enjoys currently a lot of sunny hours and days, after all it is summer time. Sunlight we could put to good use for our power hungry gadgets. Incorporating sunshine harvesting solar cells has been around since the early days of talk2myShirt. First integration of solar cells came up in bags and later…

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Wristify – Wearable A/C on your wrist

Motivated by the current heatwave most of Europe is suffering right now I wondered if there would be some sort of wearable, personal temperature regulating device, either a product but at least some ideas how to achieve that. What came up during my search amazed me, a body temperature managing bracelet from a team of MIT…

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Wearable Technology – the Past and the Present

Until recently there has been one topic on the agenda  of every Wearable Technology conference on the planet: the search for the “Killer Application in Wearable Electronics”. It appears this question has been partially answered for now with the emergence of Fitness Bands, Fitness Tracker and Smart Watches. These products generated a great amount of…

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Rebooting talk2myShirt

Hello and welcome back. It has been over 2 years since I last updated talk2myShirt. During this time I have not been idle, on the contrary, I have been involved in a (large) number of projects revolving around Wearable Technology. My work has been challenging at times but  highly interesting and privileged to be part of teams…

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The Gigabyte Shirt

Imagine our clothing, any type of clothing from under to outer-wear is acting as digital data storage memory. Sound too far fetched? Actually NASA scientists found a way to do just that – transforming fabrics into huge storage arrays potentially transforming a simple shirt into a Giga or even Terra Byte storage medium. The underlying…

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Hi-Tech Textiles at IFA

IFA in Berlin and it’s equivalent, the CES in Las Vegas, are the must-go events of the year to check out the latest inventions and innovations in the electronic high-tech sector. Not surprisingly, both events attract the emerging trend of techno-fashion, clothing that gets an electrifying makeover, clothing that brings electronic closer to our skin…

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e-Textile 101 workshop

Philadelphia based NextFab Studio, a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center is running a two day workshop about the basics of e-Textiles end of this month. If you are around the area on the weekend of September 29th and 30th and want to get introduced to the wonderful,  creative world of eTextiles, sign up soon,…

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String Battery

In sewing, strings of various thickness and stiffness are used for piping, a type of trim inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a garment or bag. A team of researcher at LG Chem seems to add another function to the piping: they developed a Li-Ion battery in string form…

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The not-so-hands-free Glove Phone

Picking up on a recent story by Engadet about the Hi-Fun glove phone they spotted at the IFA in Berlin, Germany I searched around our own talk2myShirt archive and on the internet to see if there has been something similar cooking in the creative community. And sure enough my search came up with Jason Bradbury…

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e-Wearable Platform

Apparel fitted with sensors detecting, recording and analyzing movement, physiological data from the wearer or environmental parameters like location, moisture and temperature, light or chemical substances in the air – all these represent vital and interesting  information in many different application for professional and leisure use. Wearable technology in form of sensing apparel triggers sheer…

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Nike High-tech footwear

High-tech shoemaker Nike is stirring up the sneaker market with the recent announcement to bring the LeBron X model including the ‘Nike+ Basketball’ feature to the consumer market as early as Fall this year with a (not yet confirmed) price tag of about US$ 300.- Nike introduced the Nike+ feature as simple Pod inserted in…

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Walking the wearable power talk – Power generating shoe

Following the steady stream of wearable power research brings up on a fairly regular basis new developments in this field. The latest, highly interesting wearable power concept is based on the piezoelectric effect and the mechanical energy generated by walking. But there is a unique twist in this particular power-walk research carried out by researcher…

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Upgrade your iOS to tshirtOS

London based wearable electronic fashion brand CuteCircuit is my favorite wearable tech company. No other brand is as long in this space and is as much dedicated to wearable tech than CuteCircuit. It is not only the pioneering work Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, owner of CuteCircuit, pull off in fairly regular intervals, they launched…

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Laser fashion – may the force be with you

I was watching Star Wars over the weekend, got fascinated (again) with the laser thing and looked around if I can find a match between laser and clothing. Sure enough I hit a laser activated T-Shirt called the LazerShirt. The LazerShirts is the invention of the LazerShirts Team who has successfully run a Kickstarter project…

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GraphExeter enables invisible wearable electronic

Wearable electronic, electrifying the fabric from which our clothing is made from is making a big step towards reality according to researchers at the Center for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter. The Exeter team, headed by Dr Monica Craciun and Dr Saverio Russo, developed GraphExeter a highly conductive – electrically and thermally –…

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Wearable Sports Tech

Some athletes at the Olympic Games demonstrate how technology could become a part of athletic preparation and performance enhancement. Olympic team GB gymnast Mimi Cesar used during her game preparation a haptic feedback system, the MotivePro, a ‘Vibrating Suit’ developed at the Visualization Research Unit at Birmingham City University. MotivePro was initially designed as sensor…

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Adidas Adipower heats up Team GB at the Olympics in London

Restarting my blogging activity after a long break with the latest wearable technology news coming from the Olympic games in London. Adidas designed for the Olympic cyclist team GB Hot pants. No – not the type of hot pants that have been the fashion rage in the 70s. The Adipower hot pants, actually tracksuit bottoms,…

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Tactile visualization with the Touch Glove

The Touch Glove created by Ally Seeley is not only a cool eTextile design concept, it does address a rare but occurring problem effecting unfortunate people who loose their tactile feel. Feeling with the fingers is a essential part of our life. Most of the time we are not even aware how much we rely…

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Human Dynamo Jacket

Wearable Power, the all time favorite of the wearable technology community, keeps on inspiring people to find ways of making use of the many Watt’s a human body produces at any time of the day. Estimates go as high as about 130 Watt’s potentially usable to transform from kinetic energy into electrical energy. The highest…

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Fashionable Technology Report

Sabine Seymour, Chief Creative Officer of her company Moondial, Assistant Professor of Fashionable Technology and the director of Fashionable Technology Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and author of two inspiring books, ‘Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology’ and ‘Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology’, has…

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IM Blanky, blanket with personality

A team at Studio NMinusOne at the University of Toronto’s RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels) developed an amazing smart textile object, the IM Blanky a blanket that knows its state in time and position in space. Being able to know ones position in time and space represents one of the most primitive forms of cognition,…

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Smart Posture Suspenders

eTextiles and wearable tech truly inspire people around the globe, innovator and creator of amazingly sensible solutions. Designer, developer and entrepreneur Tobias Sonne designed the Posture Suspenders to solve a problem most of the notebook and iPad swinging folks are confronted with on a daily basis: slouching behind a keyboard, maltreating the spine and muscles…

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Communication glove for deaf-blind persons

We have seen a number of wearable tech enhanced gloves supporting the communication between deaf persons and persons who do not understand well the sign language. Such gloves contain sensors which detect gestures and translate this signals into speech. Researchers Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner and Gesche Joost at the Design Research Lab in Berlin, Germany,…