Flowtime: wearable electronics for yoga

Wearable electronic is currently on stage at the Dutch Design Week held between Oct 17 and 25 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The wearable electronic concepts are the creation of students participating in the ‘Wearable Senses‘ course at the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology. ‘Wearable Senses’ aims to educate Industrial Design…

Zipper as communication tool

The concept design ‘Measure: How much I miss you!‘ from Kerry Jia Yi Lin is a unique exploration combining soft technologies, commonly known as wearable electronic to create an aesthetic communicative experience for people. ‘Measure: How much I miss you!’ – what a lovely title – is about creating an interactive accessory for people who…

Sensible clothing stretches the imagination

Sensible, sensing clothing are a fascinating topic which has got the intention of a highly creative team which integrates Merlin Stretch Sensor into beautifully designed garment to sense the wearers movement. The movement data can then be used for various purposes like interaction with a garments appearance, interaction with other smart sensing garments or interaction…

Smart glove – texting without keypad

According to a Discovery News article, researches modified a fingerless biker glove by adding 17 electrically sensitive patches over major muscle groups in the hand and lower arm. The detected muscle movements are then wireless transmitted to a computer which make the data analysis of translating the different changes on the muscles into written words…

Electroluminescent textiles

The magic of illuminating textiles seems to be one of the focus points during the upcoming Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, the jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex. Spain based technology center Cetemmsa, with over 18 years of experience in carrying out applied research on smart materials will present their…

Temperature sensitive, Transitional textiles

Visitors to the Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex will see a highly interesting prototype called ‘Transitional Stripes‘, a technology exploration into color changing textiles. The ‘Transitional Stripes‘ are the result of an AHRC funded project by Robert M Christie, Sarah Taylor and presented…

Sonic Fabric for a musical wardrobe

What better way to demonstrate innovative thinking in sustainability and fashion than to reuse the billions of tapes that became obsolete with the CD and especially the emergence of MP3 players. Instead of dumping the tapes in landfills, artist Alyce Santoro came up with a way to transform the out of use tapes into beautiful…

Sticky, Itchy, and Stiff fashion generate wearable power

Generating alternative power on-the-go to keep up with the increasingly sophisticated but insanely power hungry electronic gadgets in our pockets much research and development resources have been devoted to this topic. A highly interesting approach to wearable, on-the-go power generation comes from XS Labs, a team of researcher and artists founded by Joanna Berzowska to…

Hot Shag – the hottest rug on the planet

I must have found one of the coolest/hottest rugs on the planet made by British textile artist Sophie Hedderwick, the Hot Shag. The Hot Shag shown is woven with berber yarn and thick EL (ElectroLuminescent) wires, painting a golden river of light running through the thick pile when switched on or looks like a conventional…

OFSETH – smart textile sensors for healthcare

OFSETH (Optical Fiber Sensors Embedded into technical Textile for Health-care) is a European project of the 6th Framework Program and will be part of the Smart Textiles Salon prototype presentation in Ghent, a European workshop jointly organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex. The OFSETH project aims to develop optical fiber based sensors for…

Smart ledBAG by Maria Roza Szczepanska

Industrial Designer Maria Roza Szczepanska created a beautifully illuminated  handbag with a modular twist called the ledBAG. The ledBag lights up when opened showing a illuminated, shooting Space invader star-ship. I like the combination of the Retro themed Space Invader image on a space age handbag. On the inside there is another row of LEDs…

Pressure activated, Illuminated Fabric

Our next prototype introduction for the ‘Smart Textile Salon‘, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex comes from Riccardo Marchesi, Managing Director of InnTex, an Italian based textiles and textiles machinery company which is exploring the new area of Smart Textiles. Riccardo will present the Pressure activated, Electroluminescent (EL) fabrics…

SHHH… Amplifying Textiles

Today’s sneak peek on the prototype which will be shown during the ‘Smart Textile Salon‘, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex on Sept 25th in Ghent, Belgium, is SHHH… Amplifying Textiles from German textile and surface designer Berit Greinke. Recently graduated from the MA Design for Textile Futures at…

Illuminative Sonic Top

In our series of introducing the prototypes on stage during the Sept 25  ‘Smart Textile Salon‘, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex, we have a sneak peek at the Illuminative Sonic Top by Travis Li, currently Research Assistant at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The ‘Illuminative Sonic Top’, inspired…

Interactive performance wear – Aural Aura

I am fascinated from the Aural Aura concept since I have discovered it a few days ago. Fascinated because of the conceptional idea of Aural Aura which aims to unite sound, color and dance fluidly to create a magical audible and visual aura around the performer. The designer of Aural Aura is Sofia Paraskeva, a…

Torsolovely – memory rich, interactive clothing

The story behind Torsolovely is as amazing as the design idea behind it. Torsolovely is a jacket designed to record touching experiences throughout the day and play back those moments from the past. Created by Andrea Lauer, a costume designer and multimedia artist focusing on the intersection of clothing and technology. The lovely story behind…

The FLAP Bag project brings light and power to rural Africa

A remarkable project spearheaded by Pop!Tech in collaboration Sheila Kennedy creator of the Portable Light Project and Timbuk2, a custom bag company in San Francisco is the FLAP Bag which “enables the world’s poorest people to create and own energy harvesting textiles, providing the benefits of renewable power as an integral part of everyday life”….

Frauenhofer IZM TexLab – wearable electronic innovation and industrialization

at the begin of this year the Frauenhofer IZM launched the TexLab concentrating it’s competencies and equipment to the integration of electronics into textiles. The involvement of Frauenhofer’s IZM into wearable electronic goes back to 2001 when they started to investigate eTextiles with a strong focus on assembly and reliability. Since then, IZM not only…

Sound generating Tuxedo

Inspired by the wave of illuminated clothing used by artists I looked around the creative wearable electronic community for other music related clothing. My search came up with the Accouphene Tuxedo created by Vincent Leclerc, Joanna Berzowska and the XS labs crew back in 2006. The idea behind the Accouphene Tuxedo is to ‘…  create…

e_Static Shadows – textile display visualizes electro static

‘e-Static Shadows‘ is a research project by designer Dr. Zane Berzina and architect Jackson Tan which creatively explores the speculative and poetic potential of static electricity found in our everyday environments, surrounding our everyday interactions. The aim of the project is to investigate how electrostatic energy could either be effectively utilized or play a part…

Feel the beat with the Thumping Thread vest

The Thumping Thread vest, winning entry of University of Michigan‘s ‘Feel the Music‘ competition, is a excellent wearable electronic concept addressing the limitation deaf and hearing-impaired people face when it comes to their musical experiences or the lack of it. ‘Feeling the beat’ will allow deaf or hearing-impaired people to get into the rhythm, feel…

Interactive clothing made in Sweden

Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and FOV Fabrics AB in Borås loves to combine technology and textiles to create smart, interactive clothing. Her love started at the turn of the millennium when she dismantled two interactive products, among them an intelligent glove, capable of transmitting communication. This experience and the following…

Cellphone dress

Georgie Davies, BA student at the London College of Fashion made ‘Fashionable electronic’ headlines last week with the ‘Cellphone dress‘, her winning entry to the Sony Ericsson initiative working with the School of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion to explore the relationship between technology and fashion. Sony Ericsson, like many…

Klight – an sparkling, interactive dress

Avantex-Innovation-Award 2009 winner in the category ‘New Fashion’ was ‘Klight‘, a sparkling interactive dress was the highlight during my walk around the TechTextil. Klight is an interactive dress which translates the body’s movement into light, connecting the body with its surroundings. To achieve the effect, a new stretchable circuit board technology, developed by Fraunhofer IZM,…