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Revealing the Secret Keeper Glove

Everyone loves secrets – who doesn’t? Having secrets is the spice of life. Revealing secrets is even more exiting than keeping one – it’s a sweet feeling to lift the lid on a secret. So what’s all about my secret talking? Meg Grant, freelance web developer and eTextile enthusiast explored over the past 2 years…

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Fingual – finger language translator glove

Talking with hands often refers to people who spice up their spoken words with generous gestures to hammer out the point they like to make. Talking with hands is first and foremost a important communication form for people who unfortunately lost their hearing capability. There are other hand communication forms like people who spice up…

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Cellphone charging on the go

Getting an unlimited stream of power for smart pocket devices while on the go is on top of the wish-list of billions, regardless where one lives, in the urban jungle or in the forest jungle. Wearable power, how to make good electrical use of all the kinetic energy people generate as by-product while going, running…

Powertex

Powertex gives power mobility a new meaning

A group of students at the Aalborg University in Denmark won the ‘Future Textiles International Prize Competition 2011′ for their design of a fabric capable to charge any mobile device by just placing the device on that futuristic textile. Called Powertex, industrial design students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang aim…

Keyglove

Keyglove 2.0 looking for investors

Since our first article about the Keyglove end of last year Jeff Rowberg kept working and improving his Open Source Hardware project – the Keyglove. The Keyglove is is based on the Arduino/AVR and acts as wireless input for electronic devices like computers and potentially for computer controlled equipment. What sets the Keyglove apart from…

Never get lost with the MapBag

GPS has come a long way starting out as an exclusively used technology by the military, then migrated to the aviation industry and finally became accessible to the general public as car navigation and nowadays GPS is a standard feature in many of the hand-held personal electronic devices like cell phones. People like me who…

modwells – wearable Wellness and Fitness assistant

Smart-phones added a new dimension to our lifestyle by offering an App = solution for almost everything imaginable and if there is no App yet – it will be made soon. Increasingly, these smart pocket devices connect to all kind of peripherals like sensors, extending our sensibility towards the environment and even our body beyond…

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ZIP into the future of personal device control

Jennifer Darmour, the lady behind Electricfoxy.com not only maintains an interest wearable technology blog she is creating one of the most beautiful, sensible and interesting designs, melting technology into fashion design in a way that makes the technology part of the aesthetics and not an add-on. Ping the social  networking garment was the first of…

Taiwan eTextile Fashion Show

The Shih Chien University in Taipei is worldwide one of the most active places around wearable technology, nurturing and educating aspiring fashion technology designer in the art of wearable technology. Earlier this year we have posted about the students at the very same University who envision a invisibility dress making the wearer invisible with the…

A wearable keyboard – the Keyglove

Touch screen gloves connecting people to their smart devices are commercially launched in a massive way this year but some innovative people like Jeff Rowberg think ahead transform a simple glove into a very smart input device, taking away the touch screen altogether. It’s kinda logical to add computer brain power to gloves as our…

Tron Costume by Syuzi Pakhchyan

Being an expert in wearable technology helps tremendously when designing a out-of-this-world party outfit. Point in case: Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the book Fashioning Technology and the wearable technology Community site Fashioning Technology designed the Tron: Quorra Costume for this years Halloween but it would be a waste of beauty if she would only wear…

Sensible Music by Stefan Zwegers

The Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology is currently running the ID’10 showcasing the work of the Master’s graduates plus a selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s projects. Some of the exhibits on stage are highly interesting from the wearable technology point of view. ‘Sensible Music‘ from Stefan Zwegers, a name talk2myShirt…

High-tech fashion by Anouk Wipprecht

Belonging to the new generation of fashion-tech designer, Anouk Wipprecht understands very well how to make use of technology to re-invent fashion design. Fashion design, used to provoke, to challenging but also connecting to social values has always been at the forefront of fashion design. Using technology like Anouk Wipprecht opens up almost unimaginable possibilities…

Pillow Alarm

The Alarm Pillow design from Korean Designer Seung Jun Jeong takes a simple idea and wraps it into a gorgeous looking object. Pillows are, next to our clothing one of the most used intimidate products we have a lot of skin contact and we enjoy using. Enhancing these objects with sensible functionality, combining soft materials…

Dream Jammies come with a wakeup App for the iPhone

The idea of using clothing as means to stay connected is interesting and lovely. Staying connected has become part of our lifestyle – who can imagine being more than a few clicks away from the friends list, status updates or tweets. The Dream Jammies by Alexander Reeder, well known by talk2myShirt reader for his designs…

Networked gloves

As I mentioned some times ago gloves somehow do attract a big share of attention among the wearable technology community and fabulous ideas keep flowing. Today’s interactive glove has been designed by Ashwin Rajan and Kevin Cannon with the intention to provide a gesture-based communication tool for firefighters, the Frontline Gloves. Frontline Gloves are a…

Remote Control make-over: Cushion Control

Remote Controls used in our homes are the counterpoint of our attention, who is not handling them on a frequent daily basis. Considering the importance we assign to the remote controls I am surprised how little attention they got over the past many years from designers. Our RCs look today, besides some slight variations of…

TogetherWeShine

Kristi Kuusk, MA student at Estonian Academy of Arts keeps on exploring the possibilities of light elements in fashion accessories for a meaningful, emotional fashion design. Earlier this year we posted about her LED sparkling skirt that interacts with a ring to ignite the sparkle on the shirt. Her latest design which she did together…

Generative wardrobe

Generative Wardrobe by designer Alex Dodge is a concept study that explores various wearable technologies to form a complete system from head to the toes. Starting with a highly futuristic head cap called ‘Sleep Talker‘ envisioned to allow the broadcasting of one’s unconscious experience = dreams on social networks. Facebook with a dream status update…

Drum gloves

We have seen our share on interactive gloves ranging from ‘just’ lighting up’ to the control of the virtual world on the computer. Gloves seems to be a prime target when it comes to electrify our wardrobe. The Drum Glove System designed by Arnoud den Besten, Kristo de Pooter, Sam Vesters and Thomas Letermea, a…

Wearable electronic againts pick pocketing

Imagine a pickpocket trying to steal your wallet but instead of getting your money he or she is in for a 220-volt jolt! We have seen before the use of high voltage shock clothing like the No-Contact jacket designed for security and other law enforcement personal to give of an electric shock when touched by…

Piezoelectric energy illuminates your bag during night

Illuminated handbags which light up the inside of bags during night have been around for some time, either as actual products or as concept design. I actually wonder why this functionality has not yet reached a wider attention from manufacturer and consumers. It looks to me quite practical to have a bit of light deep…

Solar power camera strap

As I pointed out many times before, I am a dedicated follower of the sun, never leave out the opportunity to get my daily does of sun rays for my body and my solar bag, a companion that is always with me, harvesting tirelessly sun power for my little gadgets. Designer Weng Jie created recently…

Wearable technology for Improved Social Interaction

Designer, artist Lauren McCarthy, currently an MFA student in the UCLA Design / Media Arts program developed ‘Tools for Improved Social Interacting‘, a series of wearable devices that use sensors to condition the behavior of the wearer to better adapt to expected social behaviors. An interesting design concept that uses technology enhanced clothing to assist,…

Emotional Fashion – Wearable Absence

WAb (Wearable Absence) is an interactive garment connecting to a database wireless via a mobile device to enhance the wearers emotional stage with prerecorded memories in audio/visual from. The WAb garment is fitted with a range of senors that detect heart rate and skin conductivity which allow to calculate the stress or relaxed level, excitement…

Solar Energy curtain

Connecting to yesterdays article of solar power harvesting fabrics for sun management outside I found an interesting design concept for sun light management indoors. The Energy curtain designed by Anders Ernevi, Margot Jacobs, Ramia Mazé, Carolin Müller, Johan Redström and Linda Worbin at the Interactive Institute, a Swedish experimental media research institute that combines expertise…

Charging station in a biker helmet

According to an article from SiliconIndia, students at Nirma University designed a helmet that doubles as electricity generator. How? Firstly there are solar panels covering the helmet converting solar energy into electrical energy. As backup power generator for rainy days or after sunset the students Pragnesh Dudhaiya and Aalok Bhatt envision the use of wind…

Love Shirts

The month of May is often associated with Love like ‘love is in the air’ when nature awakes finally from the winter hyper-nation and starts it’s new love-life cycle. What better time could there be to introduce another project from the AiQ Smart Clothing Design Contest in Taiwan, the Silver Wing Award winning Love Shirt…

The invisibility dress

Students and artists have the privilege to truly think out of the box, to push the technological boundaries far into the future. Whatever is thinkable will be translated into objects that stimulate, challenge and inspire the rest of the world to achieve their visions one day. talk2myShirt works hard to find these visionaries in the…