Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoyed talk2myShirt over the past year, the products we have posted about, the news we reported about from our hot topic: Wearable Electronic and Interactive Textiles. We thank you for visiting our blog, for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year….

Color changing clothing – virtual reality

Our weekend article addresses the dream of changing the color of clothing with the blink of an eye, or at least the push of a button. Two German computer graphics researcher, Volker Scholz and Marcus Magnor, developed a texture replacement technology that allows movie editors to change the color and pattern of the outfit from…

Di Mainstone – Haute Couture with a touch of Tech

Only a few fashion designer have the insight and ability to combine high fashion with high technology. Di Mainstone is one of the shining stars of the Haute Tech Fashion. Her journey through the world of fashion and technology is mysterious at times, her work full of mystical elements that surprise and captivate the audience….

Snowboard glove control for your iPod

This Snowboard glove control for the iPod is not a commercially available product yet and might never appear in shops but it is an interesting concept demonstrator that shows a different approach compared to the many ‘standard’ solutions of iPod controls in clothing, bags and gloves. What I like on this demonstrator is the use…

Bubelle the Emotion Sensing Dress of the future

How will fashion look in 2020? That’s very difficult to say considering making a predictions for the next season is already a challenge. The Design group at Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands gives it a shot and takes a look into the far, far future of fashion in their SKIN project, an exploration research…

Garments that Sense with SmartLife Technology

SmartLife® Technology Limited, a UK based company founded in 2003, has designed and developed a garment based system with integrated sensors for sport, personal health and wellbeing monitoring. In sports, integrating sensors that collect data about a wearers body conditions help elite athletes (but also you and me) to optimize the training and performance. The…

Boombox trend of the 21st Century

Who remembers the days where bigger is better? I am talking about the Ghetto blaster, the Boomboxes that people carried on their shoulders a blast out music in the range of 20 Watt and much more. This booming trend latest until around the mid nineties. At the turn of the century/millennium (2000) a new trend…

SKORPION Dress by XS-Labs

Garments that change shape have a similar magical fascination and garments the emit light. How big this fascination is has been shown by Hussein Chalayan with his Mechanical Dress, the Video Dress and his latest creation the Sparkling Crystal Dress. A collaboration between Di Mainstone and Joanna Berzowska at XS Labs took the shape shifting…

Solar Textiles, the next step to more eco friendly fashion

The Textile International Forum and Exhibition we posted about a few days ago introduced another revolutionary textile technology: the Solar Textile after showing us the Textile Oven. The Solar Power Textile is foldable and more suitable for integration into clothing than flexible solar panels used at the moment in many bags. Having the softness of…

e-textiles bake bread

Las Vegas had its e-Textile symposium and almost at the same time on the other side of the globe in Taiwan, the Textile International Forum and Exhibition in Taipei has e-Textiles on their agenda as well. Scientists from the Taiwan Textile Research Institute showed backed to the delight of the visitors toasts in an oven…

Solar power invades the battle field

Solar power is taking over the battle field after being one of the hottest items in all kind of bags this year. The Australian army is testing new solar cell technology made from a secret compound and can produce hours of low-level energy to power radios, night-vision goggles, communications equipment and sensors to detect enemy…

Eco-fashion with a touch of Solar technology

During my regular scan of companies we have posted about in the past, I discovered an update on Noon Solar‘s website. Actually, their Website is under construction but it shows a new layout (image on the right cut out of their new site) and most important, the announcement that the new Solar Bag collection will…

Wearable Electronic and Security

It was hard not to hear about the Wearable (Electronic) art from Star Simpson, an MIT student, that caused a security alert on Logan International Airport last Friday. I am not going to comment on the freedom art needs or takes, nor the creative free room ones needs to progress. The reason for me to…

Smart Textiles and Nanotextiles Conference 2007

IntertechPira‘s 2007 edition of the Smart Textiles and Nanotextile Conference will take place from Dec 10-12 in Prague, Czech Republic. It’s the second time Smart and Intelligent Textiles will be the focus of a high profile conference. Top experts will present and discuss the present status but also the future of Smart, Intelligent and Nano…

Smart Bra detects breast cancer

Up to now we have focused in our articles on talk2myShirt about Wearable Electronic for fashion, clothing and sport activities. But smart textiles and the integration of electronics into fabrics and garments have a much wider application field than having ‘only’ fun with it. Wearable Electronic for medical application enables patients to shorten stationary care…

Solar and iPod Bags – the hottest trend in 2007

As regular reader of our Blog, you are well informed about the hottest trend in 2007: Solar and iPod bags. The Washington Post‘s article from yesterday’s edition: Let Your Gadgets Soak Up the Sun features ‘… a new generation of photovoltaic gadgets employs the sun’s rays to power iPods, cellphones and more.‘ The top of…

LED bracelets from Leah Buechley

The nice and chic looking LED Bracelet from Leah Buechley is a concept I liked from the first day I have seen it on her site. The latest version of her LED Bracelet was also part of the efashion show during the UnRavel event this week. Leah created the first version of the LED Bracelet…

UnRavel – efashion show as part of SIGGRAPH 2007

SIGGRAPH is the focal point for everyone involved in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professionals from six continents come together in San Diego, California from August 5-9, for the industry’s most respected technical and creative programs focusing on fashion, research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity and education. For us the most interesting part is ‘UnRavel‘,…

Interactive, electronic Textiles from Maggie Orth

Maggie Orth is an artist, technologist, entrepreneur who creates and invents interactive and electronic textiles. She is considered a pioneer in the emerging field of electronic textiles, interactive fashions, wearable computing, and interface design. Maggie uses electronic textiles to create programmable color change textile art works, soft and fuzzy textile sensors and light artworks, electronic…

The soft side of Technology

The aim of Wearable Electronic is to make the electronic soft, soft to the extend to build electronic functions into soft products like our clothing, bags, sofas and anything we use and is made from textiles. Although many question why do we need to build electronic functions into clothing or other textile based products, we…

Get creative with the Eleksen fabric keyboard Evaluation-Kit

Eleksen launched their Evaluation Kit targeted towards designers, academics, and journalists to get a first-hand experience with ElekTex® technology. The ElekTex evaluation kit is designed to explore the interface design for interactive soft goods products, including consumer and industrial apparel and accessories. The Evaluation Kit enables users to experience and learn how to program smart…

The next Big thing in Wearable Electronic

The next Big thing in Wearable Electronic will be light emitting textiles. While the controls (Eleksen) and sound elements (NXT) reached a certain maturity in the integration into clothing and other soft goods, light emitting textiles still have a long way to go. Display like concepts are available from NYX and Lumalive, the former in…

Wearable Electronic curiosities

iLuv made big waves throughout the blogging sphere about a Jacket with iPod controls named Fashionology Jacket and a Bikini top with iPod controls integrated. Those two ‘products’ may or may not turn out to be products. After all, iLuv is a company that sells iPod and other MP3 player accessories (very good one by…

Avantex wrap-up, Wearable Electronics is BIG

Never before have been so many experts and companies in the field of Wearable Electronic, e-textiles or Intelligent clothing (to give it a name) together on one place to share information about research activities, show the latest and finest design concepts and products – yes, real world products and not just ideas ‘to-be-realized’. Not to…

Active Fabrics A Growing Trend In Fashion

abc7 network has an article by Richard Hart with the above headline. This article gives very interesting insights and perspectives on how active fabrics and Wearable Electronics are moving forward into our ‘everyday’ clothing. Konrad App from Eleksen for example says: “People walking around with their phone. They’ve got it in their backpack, they’ve got…

Wearable Electronic saves lives

Our headline today may be a little bold but this statement was triggered by a press release from www.prnewswire.com This press release is about UniFirst, one of North America’s largest workwear and textile services companies. According to this release, 33 million people are wearing uniforms on the job and soon some 1.2 million people will…

You have Come a Long Way, Baby!

VDC Corporation has send out a press release that gives a summary of last weeks Smart Fabrics 2007 Conference in Washington DC. According to VDC’s analyst Tim Shea, the Smart Fabrics Conference has come a long way since the first wearable technology conference in NYC back in 2001. What started in 2001 with an audience…

Spring 2008 fashion show – Menswear 2.0

The Milano Moda Uomo (Milan Menswear) Spring 2008 is poised to tackle Menswear 2.0 as it elevates fashion into the 21st century. Menswear 2.0 sounds like geek speak. The internet now has Web 2.0, which means that it has evolved since it burst into the scene during the 1990s and literally changed the way we…