Interactive clothing – Stress relieve via Facebook

Interactive clothing seems to play a key role when it comes to blur the line between online and offline identities, between the physical and virtual world. Numerous concepts have been developed over the past years, becoming more advanced and more realistic than ever. This is partly because the wearable technology advance rapidly and partly because…

Anti Paparazzi Fashion

Connecting to our article from yesterday about protecting your privacy from unwanted photo shoots we looked around to see if there are other Paparazzi blocking fashion around. The result: the ‘Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag‘ made by Adam Harvey, interactive designer, programmer and photographer in New York City. He created an interactive clutch bag which fires off…

Twitter fashion: TweetShirt

Twitter is the ‘hottest place to be’ at the moment, bringing the virtual and real world closer together than any other system. Tweet whatever is on your mind from your cellphone or notebook in short messages (similar to SMS) to your online community and followers – instantly. The TweetShirt from Stef Verheijen, better know under…

Triumph International introduces the ‘Husband hunting’ bra

Triumph International Japan is no newbie when it comes to integration of technology into lingerie, their main business. Last year it was a solar power collecting bra and this season (no, it’s just a demonstrator and headline grabbing model) it is the ‘Konkatsu Bra‘ literally meaning ‘marriage hunting’ bra. So how does it work? Japan…

Control your music with your heart(beat)

Music is a great motivator as long as the right tunes accompany the different emotional stages we go throughout the day. One way to synchronize the tunes to our activity is to plan ahead and work out sophisticated playlists. A much simple way would be if the music adjusts to our emotional stage automatically. The…

Virtuality becomes reality – Clickable dress

Nadya Peek, a first year grad student at the MIT Media Lab created a unique interactive dress to close the gap between our presents in the physical and virtual world. Yeah – it’s not the first time technology enhanced clothing is doing just this: merging our ever expanding virtual existence with our physical presents. Having…

Heartbeat – invisible jewelry from Moritz Waldemeyer

Moritz Waldemeyer, the mastermind behind illuminated Haute Tech creations such as the stage wear for US rock band OK Go or the Sparkling Crystal Dress in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan presented another variant of his fashionable illumination designs during the Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy. The Heartbeat is a ‘new concept of invisible jewelry‘…

Illuminated, organic dress

Canadian textile artist Marisa Ranalli created an amazing dress resembling deep sea jellyfish fashion with the use of e-textile materials like LilyPad Arduinos, LEDs and nitinol wire (an alloy that changes shape when electricity is applied) to add organic movements and illumination to the dress. Marisa gets her inspirations from her fascination of the inside,…

Interactive, Talking Quilt

The ‘Talking Quilt‘, a co-creation between Fiona Carswell, designer of the shockingly-creative ‘Smoking Jacket‘, Alice Tseng-Planas, Kate Hartman, Kati London, Megan MacMurray and Nanna Halinen was developed for speech and learning sessions with a non-verbal, mobility-challenged young girl. But this concept could be used to entertain kids or ‘grown-ups’ alike. Imagine this: you record on…

Bare conductive – electrifying the body

Conductive body paint could enable us to interact with our continuously shrinking electronic devices not only via clothing but directly via our skin. At least this is the vision of the creator of ‘Bare Conductive‘: Becky Pilditch, Matt Johnson, Isabel Lizardi and Bibi Nelson, from the Industrial Design Engineering department at the Royal Collage of…

Relational Pillow

Pillows, the type which are used for decoration, to soften up our homes, come in zillions of shapes, designs and styles to express personality, mood, dreams – every and any emotions we would possibly have. MIT‘s Ambient Intelligence Group members Sajid Sadi and Pattie Maes in collaboration with Amir Mikhak created the Relational Pillow which…

Wearable knee power generator

Wearable power is a hot research item which got high profile sponsorship last year with the Wearable Power Price from the Department of Defense. The Electricity generating knee brace from a team of researchers of the University of Michigan has demonstrated one concept of how to harvest the power humans produce during physical activities as…

Interactive jacket lets you feel the virtual world

Philips Electronics is on the forefront in research and development when it comes to blur the line between physical and virtual world. Extending the visual range beyond the boundary of a TV screen, ‘AmbiLight‘ is one example how to extend the sreen world. The ‘amBX‘ system is another technology where ‘rumbles and wind effects’ are…

Second skin sense – Taiknam Hat

Ricardo Nascimento, Ebru Kurbak and Fabiana Shizue, students of the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria, created an interesting interactive clothing item which is ‘feather rising’ literally and figuratively. Their project, the Taiknam Hat is a kinetic head-wear that reacts and animates in accordance with the changes in its surrounding medium wave radio signals. Taiknam Hat is an…

Fashionable Solar power

Having enough power for all our essential communication and entertainment devices (read: cell-phone, iPod, DS) we need to carry around is already a challenge and all too often those devices run out in the worst possible moment. Wearable Electronic will add to the challenge on how to ensure continuos power supply on the go without…

Blogging In Motion from your Heart

Fashion Designer Diana Eng‘s curiosity and creativity to combine fashion and technology lead to very interesting interactive fashion concepts that transform clothing and bags into life-recorder. The Heartbeat Hoodie, a concept study in 2006 uses a camera to take photographs at moments of interest or excitement. The camera, strategically placed above the eyes on the…

Haptic Radar gives sixth sense to clothing

We received a notice from Alvaro Cassinelli, member of the Haptic Radar project team from the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. The Haptic Radar project is running for some time with continuous improvements that might lead one day soon to a concept that could jump over to the commercial world. The motivation…

OSMO – social networking enabled clothing

After writing about the Wearable Friend Finder, I was on the lookout if there are any other design concepts around the idea of bringing the social networking trend and the personalization desire for clothing together. My find of the day: ‘OSMO the Custom Social Network‘ is envisioning participants of social networks to customize clothing with…

Illuminated Running Apparel

Designer Jeffrey S. Engelhardt created an extraordinary cool looking illuminated clothing especially for the safety needs of runners which are in great danger of being hit by cars during low light conditions. Using Electro Luminescent (EL) wires for a soft, flexible integration into the clothing will ensure great wearing comfort. The rechargeable battery for the…

Wearable Friend Finder

New Media students at the University of Maine developed a Wearable Friend Finder that brings the match making, friend(ster) finding out of the internet and onto the streets. In their last semester’s interactive Web development class the students created the electronic Friend Finder, a wearable device designed to help people make a personal connection and…

e-Textile Lego: bYOB

A team of very creative people developed back in 2004 a kind of e-Textile Lego: the bYOB (build Your Own Bag) concept which essentially consists of a set of intelligent fabric patches that can be combined to form different bags or other fashion accessories. The different, smart fabric patches contain different functions like different Lego…

Interactive Haute-Tech fashion

New York City-based interaction designer and teacher Younghui Kim created the ‘Stir-It-On!‘ skirt, an interactive skirt hat reacts to any close encounter on the surface of the skirt such as bumping or touching. Younghui got the inspiration for the ‘Stir It On!’ light effect by bioluminescent bay organisms called ‘Dinoflagellates’, a type of plankton  that…

Stay warm and electro-smog free with the mediaVEST

Baybox, a German company is working on the mediaVEST which should make life easier and safer for the gadget wielding reporter and bloggers during harsh outdoor conditions. A couple of considerations go into the design of the mediaVEST: addressing the negative effect of freezing temperatures for the wearer and the multimedia device. Humans dent to…

Interactive Bag design – Fabrication Bag

Thermo-chromic ink for screen-printing on textiles combined with conductive yarn on the backside to control the color change of the thermo-chromic print is a technique that paints – literally – dynamic pattern changes onto textiles. Linda Worbin, doctoral candidate in Textiles and Interaction Design at the Swedish School of Textiles has explored over the past…

Communication Apparel

New York based interaction designer Alis Cambol uses technology enhanced clothing for non-verbal communication habits simulating communication forms used by animals. Her thesis work at Parson’s, called the Communication Apparel explores the possibilities of communicating with and through clothing. We do use clothing for a very long time to make non-vebal communication, be it via…

Interactive maternity clothing – Kickbee

Expectant father Corey Menscher attracted quite some interest with his recently project called Kickbee to connect to his unborn baby during the pregnancy of his wife. The Kickbee is a wearable device made of a stretchable band and embedded electronics and sensors. Piezo sensors are attached directly to the band, and transmit small but detectable…

Living textiles – Tornado Dress

Taking the theme of Nebraska storm-chaser Mike Hollingshead to print one of his dynamic Tornado photos on a dress’ fabric, spice it up with e-textile magic and you get a gorgeous looking, interactive Tornado Dress. Created by subTela studio, the Tornado Dress’ lining has been embroidered with conductive threads and electronic components including super-bright white…

Feel the nature – Wearable Forest

Wearable Forest, created by Ryoko Ueoka, Hiroki Kobayashi and Michitaka Hirose from the University of Tokyo, a dress that interacts bio-acoustically with a remote forest. The dress interacts with the distant wildlife that could be at any place in the world through a wireless link to the internet streaming real time sounds to the dress….