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E-Traces your dance moves

One of the most mesmerizing and creative Wearable Electronic designs I have come across lately is E-Traces by Lesia Trubat González. Elsie fitted ballet shoes with pressure sensors, accelerometer and Arduino magic to capture the movements of the dancer’s feet. The signals are send wirelessly to a electronic device such as a smart phone. The App…

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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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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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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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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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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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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,…

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Cycling in style – Sporty Supaheroe jacket

Light animated cycling apparel are on course to become the latest trend in technology enhanced clothing. The advantage of active-light elements for cycling apparel is a greater visibility at night and with it a much lower risk for cyclists to be over run by a car. UTOPE, a cooperation between Wolfgang Langeder (CEO and Designer…

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TeKila Dress

Shipping Toohey, currently working as Design Tutor at the Victoria University of Wellington, designed a light animated dress inspired by alcohol – really, no kidding. While studying different alcohols under a microscope she got fascinated by the geometric color pattern Tequila is exhibiting. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant which grows in red…

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Star light fashion

Jenny, ‘a super newbie to the world of making clothing and work with electronics‘ according to her own assessment, made a super fantastic, star-light animated shirt called Alioth named after a bright white star in the Ursa Major constellation also known as the Big Dipper. I am a fan of simplicity, subtle elegance yet sophisticated…

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Le Chal – wearable navigation for visually impaired

 Le Chal is one of the wearable tech projects I really love. Why? Because their purpose, their reason of being created is adding so much value to parts of the population that needs more help than others: people who lost their eye-sight, the ability to navigate through our complex world most of us take for…

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Wearable Tech for Cyclists

Since the day Leah Buechley unveiled the Turn Signal Jacket many wearable tech enthusiasts using Leah’s concept as inspirational springboard, adding their own creativity and create safety enhancing features for cyclists. Don’t Break My Heart is a really cool version of a safety feature for cyclists. The heart shaped decal is designed as a self-contained…

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Wearable Tech and Performing Art: the Sound Gloves

Wearable Technologies attract increasingly the attention of performing artists, recognizing the value wearable technology integration into stage outfit offers, adding a new dimension to their artistic performance. The Sound Gloves designed and developed at the Aalto Media Factory’s Wearable Electronics course by Carmen Brecheis, Minna Holkkola, Chi-Hsia Lai demonstrate how wearable instruments like the Sound…

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Wearable tech Fitness shirt

2012 will see hyper activity in research and development of smart shirts for sports/fitness apparel – at least this is my view on the ‘killer application’ in wearable tech this year. Smart shirts, having textile sensors integrated that pick up the electrical signals generated by muscle activity like heart rate form the heart muscle or…

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The ‘wow’ factor of Textile Illumination

Integrating light elements into clothing never ever fails to attract astonishment and the ‘wow’ effect when unsuspecting people come for the first time in contact with illuminated clothing. I experienced this first hand while working on illuminated textiles, a rewarding feeling for the designer. What puzzles me is why textile illumination has not been more…

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The cool side of RFID tagged apparel

A while ago RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging of apparel has been a literally hot item which soon cooled down rapidly. RFID tagging of apparel using woven or embroidered RFID antenna typically on labels of apparel would allow a wireless logistic control from production floor to inventory control at the shops. The potential risk of…

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Stock Market Lingerie

Stock Markets are in the spotlight today more than usual so I thought to look for something fitting to all the Stock Market talk but of course with a wearable technology touch. To my surprise and thanks to a fabulous wearable tech project from emerging artist Erin Lewis, currently studying Integrated Media and Wearable Technology…

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Sound Illuminating Dress

Still in my catch up mode to hunt down interesting material for talk2myShirt I literally stumbled upon a beautiful textile dress made by Chung-Hay Luk and presented at the eTextile and Wearable Computing Showcase last May, the Sound Illuminating Dress. The Sound Illuminating Dress is a cleverly designed strapless dress which made the technology involved…

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The Printing Dress – Wearable technology by Microsoft

Considering the high attention wearable technology attracts lately it is not surprising that big and mighty companies like Microsoft, and I am sure other companies in the same league, are busy to explore the possibilities and opportunities of wearable technology. Jennifer Darmour at electricfoxy.com managed to have a sneak-peek at the Microsoft  Research Center and…

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Intelligent Bag – Deja Vu

Deja Vu comes from French and means ‘already seen’ (that). This interesting project title has been selected by MIT students Heidi Chen and Nicole Tariverdian for their intelligent bag, the ‘Deja Vu‘. ‘Already seen’ is applied to the situation at which their Deja Vu bag saves the peace of mind of people constantly either forgetting…

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Fashionable Solar Handbag by Diffus

Let’s start this week energetic with another story on wearable (solar) power after pointing to the latest high-tech research at MIT in the wearable solar power field last Friday and the amazing Diode-solar-cell by Meg Grant. Diffus, a Danish design company who’s work connects culture, aesthetic and technology has designed a gorgeous looking Solar Handbag….

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High-tech costume for Belly Dancer

A recent trend in the show-biz points towards high-tech outfits for artists wearing technology enriched stage-wear to attract visual attention and enhance their performance during the show. Loretta Faveri student at OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design University) goes beyond and above the usual visual effects with her version of a Belly Dance costume…

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Wearable TV with the Video Coat

The Video Coat from David Forbes is the ultimate wearable display hack I came across so far. Many artists and Haute Tech designers embrace the idea of animating clothing with light effects and images. Having worked myself in this field intensively for a couple of years I know how challenging this endeavor is, what hard…