Breathing as fashion statement

Hilary Hayes, industrial design student at the Ontario College of Art&Design (OCAD) in Toronto created a scarf which features dynamic light pattern depending on your breathing. She got the inspiration for this design from two areas, one being the fact that during winter time when the temperature reaches the freezing point we see our breath…

Neighbourhoodie – the coolest gaming accessory for iPhone and iPod touch

I am always fascinated by innovative design concepts that merge our virtual existence with the physical space in which we live, especially if it includes technology enhanced clothing. A team of designer formed at the Canadian Film Centre, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program, Kathleen Climie, Rose Bianchini and David McCallum created the ‘Neighbourhoodie’, a hoodie…

Bio Circuit, a wearable sound escape

The Bio Circuit vest is a interesting concept design created by two students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Dana Ramler and Holly Schmidt. Bio Circuit provides a sound (e)scape in sync with the biological state of the wearer. As parameter of the biological state serves the heart rate which is slower…

Balancing vest

Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) developed a vest containing accelerometers across the shoulders and pneumatic balloon actuators to provide a portable, wearable aid for people who lost their sense of balance due to injury or disease and have to learn again how to walk. Their vest measures how the…

Subtle Subtitles Scarf

Blending technology with clothing generate amazing innovative ideas like the one I am going to introduce today: the Subtle Subtitles Scarf designed by Calum Pringle, Interactive Media Design student at Dundee University. Calum’s motivation for the Subtitles Scarf which is currently in the ‘experience prototype’ phase is to provide the occasional subtitle, in real time,…

GER – emotional fashion

Fashion is emotional, any piece of clothing we buy is selected based on our emotions, feelings, likes and view of the world. To elevate this emotional aspect of clothing Kristin Neidlinger, designer with focus on Sensory Computer Interface designed GER which stands for ‘Galvanic Extimacy Responder’ which in turn is the detection of emotional or…

Communicating Jacket

The ‘Communicating Jacket‘ by David Bormans and Ivan Razin aims to create a jacket that allows interactive communication within the personal space of the wearer. The personal space as it is defined in this project of the Digital Arts Studio at the School of Visual Arts in Belgium (ESAPV) ‘is unique to every individual and…

HaptiHug – affective garment hugs you

Who has not send his/her hugs via SMS, email or phone. Although ernest mend it is just a word. But sending a hug with it’s warmth could soon become more tactile according to Japanese researchers. Dzmitry Tsetserukou, assistant professor at Toyohashi University of Technology and creator of the system that includes the HaptiHug, HaptiHeart and…

PING – social networking fashion

The rapidly growing interest into wearable electronics is attracting the attention of innovative fashion designer, technologists, artists and the educational sector who create wearable electronic design concepts of astonishing sophistication. An example of the creative power of wearable technologies comes from Jennifer Darmour over at Electricfoxy, a Weblog dedicated to technology enriched clothing, a fix…

SKÔN – beautiful illuminated hoodie

Paula Kassenaar and Paula Segura Meccia, students at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland took on the challenge to develop over the course of just one week during a module for an ‘exploration into textiles and electronics’ given by the faculty at the Wearable Senses division by the teachers Michel…

Messenger Dog uses wearable electronic

Messenger dogs have a long history of contributing, serving their friends and masters in mission-critical situations carrying messages across battler fields, natural disaster devastated areas and during snowy mountain rescue operations. A team of highly innovative students at the CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design), Laura Boffi, Mary Huang (see also the Meet&Playback glove) and…

Gesture control with MIT’s Glove Mouse

We are used to control almost every aspect of our physical world with our hands so it is no wonder that technology enhanced gloves have a great appeal among the creative, innovative minds. Technology enhanced gloves bridge the gap between the physical, ‘real’ world with the imaginary, virtual world consisting of Bits and Bytes. A…

Solar power dress

Integrating solar panels into a dress or any kind of clothing is a style challenge, a balance between looking very – let’s say – techie and the trade-off on solar power loss when integrated to subtle, too hidden and covered up. Abbey Liebman, a senior at Cornell University gave this challenge a go and the…

Pianowl – musical mask

We have covered before various DIY projects using toy pianos, take them apart and add soft, textile like keypads to be integrated in shirts for a playful – literally – experimentation with eTextile materials. Tara Pattenden, visual artist in the field of media – video, sound and installation is creating a range of audio masks…

Tactile vest for virtual shooting reality

The integration of actuators into clothing to give tactile / physical feedback triggered by real or virtual world events is a frequently used topic among technology enhanced clothing concept designs. Saurabh Palan, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, uses a haptic interface integrated into the Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) designed for FPS (First…

Solar Rucksack – keeps mountaineers warm

Regular talk2myShirt reader will have noticed my special lover for solar bags. I am lucky to live in a place with 200+ days of sunshine per year and my self made solar bag is doing a great job for almost three years now. If I am not out and about, the solar bag rests next…

Beagle Scarf – medical fashion for Autism

During discussions around wearable electronic a repeated topic is the usefulness or the lack thereof to integrate technical functions into clothing. While usually the debate of function into ‘every-days clothing’ is controversial and full of opinions there is one area where most can connect easily, seeing the benefits and usefulness of textile electronics, the medical…

Undercover music

We stay in the textile music area with today’s article introducing ‘Undercover‘ a blanket containing a system of 24 wireless speakers for the ultimate and intimate music experience. Interaction Designer Dana Gordon loves to combine textiles with technology as her innovative portfolio of projects show. The ‘Undercover’ music blanket is designed not only to listen…

Textile Synthesizer

While researching for last weeks Soundie DIY article I found the Textile Synthesizer made by Jeannine Han and Dan Riley at the Swedish School of Textiles, a highly interesting concept that transforms clothing into a MIDI interface. Jeannine embed touch sensors, similar to the ones used in iPod and other touch screens into the textile….

Starlight Skirt

Shannon Henry, owner of the Polymath Design Lab transformed a hand-sewn tulle wrap skirt into a star light sparkling evening gown by integrating fiber optics and lights that change color in response to the speed and direction of the wearer’s movement. At the center of the starlight skirt is a LilyPad which translates the motion…

Technology enriched fashion design

Fashion design student Kristi Kuusk, currently studying at USP (University of São Paulo) is lighting up her creations – literally – by adding LED sparkle to a crocheted skirt. The twist on Kristi’s design: the sparkle comes only to life when the skirt and a ring come together. Her concept of ‘miracles start to happen…

Data logging Shirt

Sport enthusiasts know that sooner or later discover that parts or their body can not cope with their enthusiasm, leading to dislodged joints and painfully strained extremities. Fortunately, wearable electronic and the inventive mind of Marcus Moche, Alexandra Morgan and David Schmidt, currently students at the Northeastern University College of Engineering, might provide a solution…

AwareFashion visualizes our invisible connections

Richard Etter, Diana Grathwohl and Sigmund Homolya created AwareFashion, clothing that senses and visualizes today’s invisible, digital layer of wireless networks that surround us wherever we are. AwareFashion’s concept is based on the idea to visualize the digital environment we are living with, which surrounds use. All the radio waves, be it radio or TV…

NapCap – Haute Tech sleep shawl

Designer Simone Wittmann created the NapCap, a hoodie shawl loaded with technology to create a private, cozy atmosphere while in crowded and noise public places to take a well deserved nap on a train ride or while waiting for a connection flight. The NapCap concept envisions a long feature list starting with integrated Bluetooth headphones…

Detectair – Air pollution sensing clothing

One of the most interesting aspect of smart, sensible clothing is the integration of sensors that visualize environmental conditions we cant’s see or smell easily or to visualize such parameters to warn us when they reach health threatening levels. The Breathless Corset and the Climate Dress both have sensors that detect and indicate high levels…

Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie

Conway’s Game of Life has been explored before in wearable electronic by Leah Buechley or Elizabeth Fuller, showing random light pattern on dresses or jackets based on the rules of the Game of Life. The starting point of the artificial life form comes in these examples from a random number generated by a micro chip….

Compass Vibro Anklet – North Paw

North Paw is an anklet that tells the wearer which way is North. The anklet holds eight cellphone vibrator motors around the ankle. A control unit containing an electronic compass senses magnetic north and turns on and off the motors. At any given time only one motor is on and this motor is the closest…

Atlas Gloves – a DIY hand gesture interface

This weeks wearable electronic DIY project introduction is not very challenging on the eTextile part but it is one of the most outstanding projects I have seen around the interactive glove topic. The Atlas Gloves, created by Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv at the ITP – NYU, act as a physical interface for controlling 3D…