TechTextile trade show impressions

Coming back tired but energized from the great things I have seen around wearable electronic during a full day of walking and talking with interesting people in the smart textile area of the TechTextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, here are my first impressions: The floor area dedicated for wearable electronic has been a bit…

Early pioneers of wearable electronic

Fibretronic, creator and manufacturer of soft controls for interactive clothing and fashion accessories has started a review of wearable electronic, a trend that started about 10 years ago with the introduction of the first commercially available product in 2000 by Levis in cooperation with Philips Electronics, the ICD+ jacket. Although simple in design, prohibitively expensive…

Staying connected with the WiFi T-Shirt

talk2myShirt is on the way to a 4 week trip around Europe and will hit areas where Internet access is very spotty at times making it difficult to stay connected with the World Wide Wearable electronic community during those days. Please be patient when we can not keep up with our daily posting but we…

Wearable knee power generator

Wearable power is a hot research item which got high profile sponsorship last year with the Wearable Power Price from the Department of Defense. The Electricity generating knee brace from a team of researchers of the University of Michigan has demonstrated one concept of how to harvest the power humans produce during physical activities as…

iPod Shuffle and the need for more interactive clothing

Triggered by the recent release of Apple’s new iPod Shuffle with it’s size barrier breaking and usability paradigm shifting design by eliminating every button on the device I revisited my presentation I gave 5 years ago on my view of miniaturization and wearable electronics. Electronic products get smaller with every new generation and at the…

Haute Tech during New York Fashion Week

Interactive clothing got attention during the recently held New York Fashion Week. Marc Jacobs for example introduced the Fluorescent Winter Fashion collection by testing a more interactive color scheme for high street fashion. Although fluorescent fabrics need UV light to shine brightly, interacting with the ambient environment, it is only a small step to a…

Wearable Technology on its way into International Cricket

I have to admit I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to Cricket but the following story from the Cricket world got my attention: In a recent move, Cricket Australia slapped a ninety days ban on its fast bowler Aaron Bird on the charge of illegal bowling action. In another move, International cricket council,…

Sense and sensibility of Solar charging bags and clothing

During the past few days, portable solar charging for cell-phones have made the news rounds as a couple of cell-phones with solar panels on one side have been introduced during last weekends MWC (Mobile Wireless Congress) in Spain. While the idea to make self charging, power grid independent devices is highly appreciative, the sensibility of…

Chameleon fashion

One of the dreams of many fashionista’s is to change the outfit or at least the color of it without changing clothes. The reason for doing this can be: having a bit of fun by changing, like chameleons, the color in response to the surroundings or for a quick adjustment of the color coordination of…

Can interactive clothing reduce cell-phone or iPod robberies?

‘More straphangers are getting robbed‘ is the headline of a recent article in the Metro, a free daily newspaper many of our readers in NY, Boston and Philadelphia will read while riding the train. ‘Straphanger’, according Wikipedia, is a nickname for a standing subway or bus passenger who grips a hanging strap or an overhead…

Wearable Electronic options: CONNECTEDwear and PANiQ

Last weeks announcement about PANiQ, the wearable electronic brand from QIO Systems, expanded the choices for consumer on the lookout for interactive apparel. Fibretronic introduced its wearable electronic brand CONNECTEDwear almost exactly one year earlier, at the begin of 2008, and has been used since then by different brands in great looking apparels and bags….

Interactive Fashion year 2009

Welcome back to talk2myShirt which is running on a new, bigger and faster server to serve you our dear reader in 2009 fully energized and ready to take on the opportunities and challenges of 2009. Before looking into the wearable electronic crystal ball to check out what 2009 will have in the Interactive Fashion store…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We hope you enjoyed reading talk2myShirt over the past year, the products we have posted about, the news we reported about and the creative projects presented from visionaries, students and DIY enthusiasts. We thank you for visiting our blog, for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year. Your feedback and…

Good and Bad design for illuminated clothing and bags

Integrating illumination / light into clothing or bags become popular judging on the many commercial and concept designs introduced throughout the past year. Light elements in clothing give an additional style dimension, a more dynamic look to the gem stone and glitter dust we have on our clothing for a long time to add sparkle…

TapTap – Haptic cyber clothing

Orit Zuckerman created back in 2005 the TapTap scarf, a wearable haptic system that allows nurturing human touch to be recorded, broadcast and played back for emotional therapy. Unlike the Hug Shirt from CuteCircuit which transmits hugs send over cell-phone networks from far away, the TapTap concept records taps or hugs of your partner or…

Wearable Power Prize Competition Winner

The Department of Defense (DoD) found the winner for their $1 million Wearable Power Prize competition. Many interesting ideas and concepts have been submitted ranging from individual inventors to larger corporations. And the winner is: the DuPont/Smart Fuel Cell (SFC) Team building the lightest wearable system that provides an average of 20 watts of power…

WEEL Technologies enriches Interactive Fashion design

WEEL Technologies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Wearable Electronic launched their new website targeted to designers and developers of Fashion, Action Sports, Fitness and Health apparel as well as soft goods (bags). The wearable electronic modules WEEL Technologies offers is huge and diverse ranging from soft remote controls named China Coin, Amp’d, ‘Hey…

New style for talk2myShirt

Our frequent readers of talk2mySirt have noticed we have change the style of our blog. We did keep the base character the same but made a ‘fresher’, ‘brighter’ look and feel. Our motivator behind the style change is to make browsing through our growing information data base as easy and convenient as possible. We moved…

Haute Tech Fashion Jeans

The recently published ‘Keyboard Jeans‘ by designer Erik De Nijs on Yanko Design is adding a new twist to the Interactive Fashion trend which is slowly but steady growing. Sure, the ‘Keyboard Jeans’ are easily labeled as ‘Geeky’ and ‘Nerdy’ pushing form far beyond function but is this not the case with many Haute Couture…

Interactive Textiles for body mapping garments

Interactive Textiles are not limited to control the iPod or other electronic devices but could also be useful for body-mapping garments as a project by Australians CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology demonstrates. The idea is as following: to help basketball players to find their ideal shot-making rhythm and motion the system plays a series of…

Wearable Sun Power from Konarka

Looking forward to long days with lot of sunshine made me check out what’s up in the research kitchen regarding wearable solar technology, speak flexible and hopefully lower cost solar panels. My most promising find: Konarka, one of the hot favorites in the field of wearable solar power working on Power Plastic® that converts light…

Wearable Electronic in health care – the HeartCycle project

The most visible use of Wearable Electronic technologies is in consumer products like clothing and bags. The value here is convenience, adding individuality or giving interactive decoration options. But the potential of Wearable Electronic technologies go far beyond the fashion market. Take for example the health care and medical sector. Nobody likes to get sick…

Electronic Tattoo and the Power of the Human Touch

talk2myShirt is always looking ahead to check what might be the next big thing after Wearable Electronic. One emerging trend might be, after technology has conquered our clothing, to bring technology under the skin according to recent works from researchers and other forward thinking folks. I have to admit this sounds a bit frightening especially…

O’Neill NavJacket video

I found a video clip on YouTube about the NavJacket O’Neill announced in December last year which shows how this display on the jacket sleeve will work. If O’Neill is pulling this out of their sleeve later this year and offers the NavJacket for sale it might be one of the most expensive jackets but…

Solar empowered Fashion

Fashion with function comes always to my mind if seeing those flexible solar panels in Bags and sometimes (like yesterday) even in Jackets. Functional Solar Fashion is certainly the correct description when looking at the Noon Solar bag (on the left) where form and fashion is fused by solar power. Voltaic (on the right) comes…

Wearable Power: Nanotechnology could power up your Shirt

How convenient would it be if your gadgets like cell phone and MP3 player would get their charge from your clothing. Never forget to charge them over night just drop them in the pocket head off to the office, school or wherever and they will be re-charged. A team of U.S. scientists think we are…

Wearable Power

Wearable Power is a hot topic in the Wearable Electronic field. A recent announcement made by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan puts this topic back into public view. Their concept, a Electricity – generating knee brace is a wearable mechanism that works much like regenerative braking charges a battery in some…

Wearable Electronic in 2008

Welcome to a new year fully energized and with new opportunities. As we have done last year, we will try to guess what 2008 will bring us on Wearable Electronic activities and products. We love all the Interactive Fashion that has been launched in the market, the choice was never as broad as it is…