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ProtoSnap – LilyPad E-Sewing Kit

Sparkfun is continuously expanding their eTextile portfolio to the delight of many eTextile sewing, stitching, knitting, weaving  and soldering fashion hackers. The latest addition is the ProtoSnap LilyPad E-Sewing Kit, a card that contains a LilyPad Coin cell Battery holder, one LilyPad Button and LilyPad Slide Switch and five white LilyPad LEDs. To round up…

eTextile treasure chest: Kit-of-No-Parts

Hannah Perner-Wilson, currently working on her masters degree in the High-Low Tech research group at the MIT Media Lab, started the Kit-of-No-Parts project, a Website that presents easy to access information about ‘electronics crafting’. I like the term ‘electronics crafting’, this distinguishes the work associated with electronic Textiles to the work of conventional electronic design….

DIY eTextiles – Sewable Disc Button

Sewable eTextile Buttons are the creation of ClothBot Designs using the unique service of Shapeways. The Sewable Disc Button is designed with diagonal thru-holes in the pegs for sewing conductive thread and has at it’s center a hole straight through it, acting as a socket for thru-hole component terminals and wires. These little buttons are…

LumiNet – an organic, interactive, wearable computing network

Wearable technologists are familiar with the LilyPad Arduino developed by Leah Buechley. LilyPad is the first choice when electro-textile designer look for some number crunching application, be it to control light or coordinate sensor inputs and convert them for light or other visual representation. The only downside with a central processor is – when it…

DIY wearable electronic – LED Bead Jig

The portability for eTextile enthusiasts for the need of sewable LEDs is very high as almost everyone I know off will make at one point illuminated details in their designs. Getting sewable LEDs can be a challenge especially if you look for these tiny-tiny SMD LEDs with beads on either side. Leah Buechly created this…

North Skirt

Soft electronic innovator Meredith Scheff, we posted about her Sew-through circuit board, showed her latest creation the North-Skirt during the eTextile Fashion Show @ Maker Faire in May. Based on the North-Paw kit from Sensebridge and her newly developed StarBoards, the North Skirt has vertical rows of LEDs whereby the row which is pointing to…

DIY – surface sound speaker

We receive frequently emails from the wearable electronic community asking about speakers suitable to be integrated into garments or bags. My first choice for doing this would be the surface sound technology from NXT which is used for the soft, magical sound in backpacks like the one from Spyder or Reebock. NXT, the inventor of…

DIY – eTextile cable knitting

Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson beamed up at ‘How to get what you want‘ a nice technique on how to create eTextile cables that provide a new way of designing cable connections for a wearable electronic design. The cable are knitted using a tube knitting technique with many names like ‘French knitting’, ‘Spool knitting’, ‘Corking’…

DIY – stylish conductive fabric

Creating stylish conductive fabric is easier then you might think, assuming you follow the fabulous instruction from Lynne Bruning on her Instructables. Lynne keeps on adding creative ideas on how to electrify textiles. Her Instructables collection is full of tips, excellent documented with material resources, written and photo guides to make the process as easy…

Wearable electronic DIY kits from Aniomagic

The magic keeps coming from Aniomagic as they have redesigned their flagship Schemer™ letting ‘ordinary’ electronic components look like jewels. You can chose to hide them or show off these eTextile components in your wearable electronic designs, either way will lead you to gorgeous looking interactive fashion objects. Aniomagic’s latest Schemer™ version allows to connect…

DIY – Fabric Display

Fabric Light-Bright is an amazing textile display project from Eli Skipp of Pumping Station One, a first class hacking community in Chicago. I have never seen before such a simple yet highly unique eTextile design. Simple in it’s functionality as described by Eli but highly expendable and wide open for upgrading to more complex functionality….

DIY – EL wire trimming

Today’s wearable electronic DIY tip comes from Riccardo (Plug and Wear) and shows how to cut and trim EL (Electro Luminescent) wires in the correct way so you won’t have to compromise with standard length EL wires for your textile illumination projects. EL wires require inverters to light up and to connect them to the…

Have you already upgraded your jacket to version 2.0?

Finally there is a solution available for everyone who want’s to upgrade his / her favorite piece of clothing to technology enabled Fashion 2.0 to play in sync with the many electronic lifestyle items in our pockets: iPhone or BT cellphone or iPod. A company called RNK Distributing is marketing a product called the ‘My…

Illuminating the Darkness with DIY beadwork

Artist Laura Cesari, creator of the Fire Skirt we have posted about earlier keeps on adding glowing objects to her creative portfolio to illuminate the darkness around us. At Caballera.com she has posted DIY instructions for Glow Beadwork, demonstrating how the merge of beads and LEDs can create a magical style detail on clothing of…

Soft Keypad developer Kit from Fibretronic

Fibretronic released a developer kit of their ConnectedWear keypad technology for designer and DIY enthusiasts alike. The Kit contains a five function keypad in linear shape, typically used for a remote control, the Joysick control pad with 5 functions as well, a highly interesting electronic tester for the keypad and a hang-tag to let your…

LED Resistance Calculator for your pocket

The Evil Mad Scientist‘s at their Laboratories have created a cute business sized card version of an LED Resistance Calculator, taking these calculators off-line and into your pocket. As eTextile crafters use frequently LEDs I thought to beam up this DIY project for all those (including myself) who end up in front of rows of…

DIY Solar Power from Voltaic

Good news for DIY enthusiasts: more and more companies offer components from their product portfolio for DIY projects making it easy to explore their latest technologies. Voltaic, well known as pioneer of solar power bags has added a DIY Solar Project Site offering solar panels, battery packs and a huge selection of connectors (it’s shocking…

e-Textile programming with light: Aniomagic Button-schemer

Nwanua Elumeze from Aniomagic keeps on amazing me with extraordinary smart and simple e-textile components. The newest addition to the e-textile treasure chest: Button-schemer, an ambient program reader the size of a nickel which is programmable with specially timed flashes of light. Hold it in front of your computer screen, PDA, iPod Touch or iPhone,…

e-textile DIY – light up your clothing

Our e-textile DIY project tip for this weekend has been around for more than a year on Instructables posted by Enlighted the company that is producing and selling a wide range of illuminated clothing and other fashion items. There are two highly interesting aspects I found in the ‘Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf‘ instruction: the…

e-textile DIY – pressure sensor matrix

Hyper active e-textile DIY instruction creator Hannah Perner-Wilson aka Intructables user Plusea posted another simple to follow but highly interesting and useful project, the Pressure Sensor Matrix. As her many other e-textile DIY instructions, the materials used are relatively easy to get, in this project an Arduino is needed to process the signals coming from…

e-textile DIY material

Getting e-textile materials is still not a s easy as conventional crafting materials like for example thread. Syuzi Pakhchyan, an expert in smart crafting, has posted on her blog Fashioning Technology a great overview of commercially available, electrically conductive threads together with information on the positive and negative aspects for each of them. Conductive threads…

DIY – conductive thread

Conductive thread is one of the key elements for e-textile crafting but it seems sometimes difficult for people to get their hands on commercially available conductive thread. This Instructables might be a good starting point to get aspiring e-textile crafters started. For the thread material only two ingredient’s are needed: fine cotton thread and very…

Neon Trim lights up your wardrobe

Want to add some sparkle to your wardrobe, cushions or bags? Neon Trim has a wide selection of soft, flexible Neon wires for DIY enthusiasts to add light elements to clothing and more. The site is full of information about how EL (Electroluminescent) wires work and how to use them. Getting the next rocking stage…

DIY – Textile battery holder

Aniomagic, creator of many cute e-textile components seems has taken up my remark in one of my posts about the cute little battery holder and included into their online store for e-textile DIY enthusiasts. Unlike the other components Aniomagic is selling on their online store, the cute battery holders need to be assembled by yourself…

New DIY wearable electronic modules from Studio 5050

Studio 5050, a creative collective in the wearable electronic space, is preparing the launch of a set of e-textile modules which can help DIY enthusiasts, designer and students to work on their interactive fashion without the need of spending too much time on electronic development. During the past few years, Studio 5050 developed remarkable interactive…

Enrich your DIY wearable electronic toolbox with a learning sensor

Remember the first time I posted about a company called Aniomagic introducing the cute wearable electronic modules for easy interactive fashion prototyping? Since then, Aniomagic kept on expanding their wearable electronic module portfolio with modules like the Mimeolight. The newest addition is a range of learning sensors, the smartest and simplest wearable electronic module on…

The ultimate Wearable Electronic DIY Kit: LilyPad Arduino

Leah Buechley created in cooperation with Sparkfun the next generation of e-textile modules for the Wearable Electronic DIY enthusiasts: the LilyPad-Arduino set. To introduce Leah Buechely might not be needed for our regular readers and everyone interested into Wearable Electronics just so much, Leah is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of…

Components for Textile Electronics

One of the essential parts we need to create Wearable Electronic clothing, are electrical components. It is not our aim to explain in details the whole world of Electronics. We only explain electronic principles that are absolutely necessary to realize the projects we introduce. For more in-depth knowledge, you might want to check out this…