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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 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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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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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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Fiber Optic Tapestry

Weaving illuminated fabric using fiber-optic strands can achieve mesmerizing light effects on clothing, accessories and pillows. There are a couple of companies who offer fiber-optic fabrics and ready to wear clothing based on this technology. Fiber-optic strands transfer light from one end of the strand straight out at the other end without loosing much of…

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Project Runway – the dark light of fashion

Last week’s episode of Project Runway was about ‘electrification’ of fashion indicating that wearable technology awareness slowly enters the world of fashion design. First I was exited to see such prominent placement of wearable tech but after the first few minutes into the show I got hugely disappointed and irritated in the way the ‘innovative…

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The Intersection of Fashion and Technology

 SFFT – short for SF Fashion+Tech is a newly formed organization with the aim to promote and support start-up activities at the intersection of fashion and technology in the SF Bay Area. While research and development of wearable technologies has gathered momentum thanks to the appealing interest, very promising outlook of wearable tech and last…

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talk2myShirt becomes wearable

Thanks to the fantastic WordPress plug-in WP Touch you can now view talk2myShirt on the go with one of your smart phones as long as it has a touch screen, be it the iPhone, Android powered devices or Blackberry touch screen models. WP Touch makes it a breeze to create a smart layout for smart…

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Reporting back to duty on talk2myShirt

Reporting back to duty on talk2myShirt after some forced out-time on my side. I missed the daily blogging, hunting down the latest and greatest inventions but most of all, staying in touch with the community. But the dark ages are over and I am happy to be back into the sunny side of wearable technology….

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Haute Tech turns the Light on

‘Haute Tech': Turning the Lights On is the headline of a recent article in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, featuring the fashion illumination designs by Moon Berlin, a Haute Tech fashion design house founded by Brigitte Franken and Christian Bruns. It looks to me as wearable illumination technology is putting…

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A sparkling fashion future

The fascination, the desire to add sparkle to clothing has a long history going back decades if not centuries of fashion design. Throughout fashions history designer came up with ideas to add different materials to their designs, materials that reflect light and add emotional as well as style sparkle to our wardrobe. Thanks to the…

Wearable Technology on talk2myShirt

Regular reader of talk2myShirt will have noticed the long silence at this space. This is not caused by a lack of information and updates on wearable technology but related to my inability to manage my time between increasing workload on wearable tech projects I have running and spending time to update talk2myShirt. To cut a…

THINK – a stylish view into the future of fashion

I have to disclose first: I am contributing to THINK Magazine, an innovative and stylish  online magazine covering the beautiful things of life like art, design, fashion and technology. You guessed it – my contribution is mostly about wearable technology. The latest issue of THINK Magazine relates almost entirely to the future perspective of fashion,…

Therapeutical wearable technology

The benefits of wearable technologies to add functions to clothing for therapeutic use will are huge. For a starter, integrating monitoring function into clothing without altering the wear comfort enables patients to be more independent from stationary observations. This in turn reduces the need for hospitals to provide space and personnel who otherwise have to…

eTextile Fashion Show followup

My fabulous friend Lynne Bruning who organized last weekends eTextile Fashion Show at Maker Faire compensated for my misfortune of not being able to attend this exiting event myself by sending a wealth of information which I am sharing with the talk2myShirt community over the coming days. For everyone who couldn’t visit this event Alexa…

Wearable electronic guardian angels

Thanks to constantly advancements in medical health care and our general knowledge about healthy lifestyle the percentage of older people increases rapidly around the world. This group of people is in need of new types of products that do mostly not yet exist. One of these areas of need is particularly interesting for wearable technologies:…

weSearch – wearable electronic search engine

Today is a special day for talk2myShirt: we reached our 1000 posting. To celebrate this milestone we  add another, hopefully useful, feature for our reader and members. Looking back to 1000 blog postings also means looking back to countless hours spending with Google, Yahoo and other search engines to hunt down all the news and…

Textile iPod controls going mainstream

While the market of controlling an iPod or iPhone via clothing is spearheaded and dominated by companies like QIO Systems with their PANiQ controller, Fibretronic with CONNECTEDwear and Skullcandy with the AMP’D system it seems the time is near where traditional textile companies add this material to their product portfolio. During my search for news…

CONNECT to the Wearable Electronic community

We welcome 2010 by inviting you to join our talk2myShirt CONNECTION and connect with the Wearable Electronic community. Inspired by discussions and feedback we received in the past year from wearable electronic creators, producers, brands and consumers expressing the wish to link up, to get in touch and connect with people around the world who…

Happy Holidays

Another exiting year comes to an end and we will start our traditional break over the holidays. We thank you for visiting talk2myShirt, we are grateful for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year. Your feedback and input is our motivation and reward. Looking  back the past 12 month, it…

Meaningful wearable electronics

During discussions around wearable electronic I am frequently challenged with the following questions: ‘Why should wearable electronic, clothing that contains some sort of electrically active technology be interesting for consumers? Why not using small electronic devices as we have already, why not using the ‘sexy’ wireless technology to connect different devices in our pockets?‘ Instead…

EduWear – a Treasure chest full of wearable electronic information

A remarkable collection of wearable electronic information can be found by EduWear, an initiative of the ‘Digital Media in Education‘ research group which is affiliated with the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies at the University of Bremen, Germany. The project receives support from the European Commission with the aim to develop an educational low-cost…

SysTex rewards students’ work in the field of wearable electronic

SysTex, a European project within the Seventh Framework program for research and technological development in the field of e-textiles and wearable electronics in Europe is organizing the SYSTEX STUDENT AWARD. Eligible for the SYSTEX STUDENT AWARD are thesis’ or projects at European universities, research institutes and companies. The award will be given to the student…

Frauenhofer IZM TexLab – wearable electronic innovation and industrialization

at the begin of this year the Frauenhofer IZM launched the TexLab concentrating it’s competencies and equipment to the integration of electronics into textiles. The involvement of Frauenhofer’s IZM into wearable electronic goes back to 2001 when they started to investigate eTextiles with a strong focus on assembly and reliability. Since then, IZM not only…

Innovative, interactive fashion design from Novanex

During my TechTextil visit I had the opportunity for a short talk with Alexandra Baum, owner and general manager of Germany based Novanex, a design company specialized in design, product development and manufacture of innovative textiles. Although her services are across the fashion business in general she has a high interest and years of experience…

Plug-and-Wear: One-stop-shop for eTextile crafters

Plug-and-Wear, a one-stop-shop offering materials and components specifically targeted to eTextile creators has opened it’s shopping doors. Plug-and-Wear is the brain child of Riccardo Marchesi, Managing Director of InnTex, an Italian based textiles and textiles machinery company with 55+ years experience in the textile industry. The aim of Plug-and-Wear is to provide a place where…

Intelligent Textiles for the digital soldier

Another highly interesting company I have visited during the TechTextile is ITL (Intelligent Textiles Limited) a UK based research and development company founded in 2002 specialized in the weaving of complex electrical circuits in conductive fabrics. Starting in the traditional application areas of consumer apparel (eg. wearable music player and phone controllers), healthcare (eg. biomonitoring)…