Luminous textile ribbon

We got word from a Taiwanese manufacturer who has developed a textile ribbon using a new, low resistant electrically conductive yarn with LEDs mounted on a ribbon which can be cut to sizes as needed and then connected to a control and power supply unit to light up this textile string. Our source told us…

iLume – soft light modules for garments and bags

Fibretronic launched a new range of high brightness LED products designed for lighting applications in outerwear, bags and other wearable accessories. The lighting range, which Fibretronic is selling under the ‘i-Lume‘ brand, includes light emitting buttons which can be sewn or bonded into clothing to add high visibility features. Pressing the buttons will turn the…

Human Synthesizer – textile display from Philips Lumalive

Philips Lumalive commissioned a new promo video for their LED based light emitting textile technology. The video, called ‘Human Synthesizer‘, made by made by Jasmin Jodry from th1ng, visually explains the benefits of transforming garments into communication platforms via the Lumalive textile display. Up to now Philips Lumalive technology has been marketed only towards the…

NeonString for illuminated fashion design

Triggered by a question from one of our dear readers about possible technologies usable to add light-up elements to clothing designs, I have been looking around if there is anything else next to Photochromic yarns or the glow-in-the-dark yarns which both need light to trigger the color change. EL-foil technology is another option providing a…

Science – Tactile display technology

A team of scientist at the Technical University in Dresden / Germany has demonstrated a new display technology that adds to the visible information representation the tactile dimension. The display is formed of hydro gel droplets the size of 0.3 millimeter packing 297 ‘pixels’ onto just one square centimeter, a pretty high resolution. Hydro gels…

Woven Light by Kathy Schicker

Kathy Schicker, textiles designer, artist and teacher adds a new dimension to illuminated textiles by weaving with light. How does it work? Her light reactive textiles using new and smart yarns that emit, reflect or react to light, including reflective, phosflurescent and photochromic yarns. These were woven using both traditional techniques and advanced technology –…

Flexible Led Curtain

Beijing based Huasun Optoelectronic Science Co. selling a ‘made to order’ Flexible Led Curtain which looks and acts like a textile display. Hanging on a wall or dividing a room this Flexible Led Curtain gives the amazing effect of a soft, drapable curtain which doubles as high resolution display. This display can be folded, curved,…

TQ-Style for Girls with heart (and humor)

The T-Qualiser shirts have been around for some time and I have to admit, we have one since we have posted about it. It’s cool and brings a lot of fun to any party. The TQalizer shirts are not made for the serious folks but for those how like to be in the center of…

Lumalive lights up clothing

Boost Products from The Netherlands will be the first company using Philips Lumalive light emitting textiles for clothing. After years of research, Philips has succeeded in incorporating special LED technology into fabric. “Lumalive brings fabrics and clothing alive”, says Bas Zeper, CEO of Philips Lumalive. “This now gives marketeers a tool with which to reach…

Cool cycling jacket has built-in light indicators

This cycling jacket with built-in light indicators is the coolest integration of technology into a jacket I have seen for a long time. It’s not only cool, it is practical and can be life saving. In many cities around the world, cyclists are second class users on the streets. No infrastructure that supports cyclists to…

Interactive, electronic Textiles from Maggie Orth

Maggie Orth is an artist, technologist, entrepreneur who creates and invents interactive and electronic textiles. She is considered a pioneer in the emerging field of electronic textiles, interactive fashions, wearable computing, and interface design. Maggie uses electronic textiles to create programmable color change textile art works, soft and fuzzy textile sensors and light artworks, electronic…

The next Big thing in Wearable Electronic

The next Big thing in Wearable Electronic will be light emitting textiles. While the controls (Eleksen) and sound elements (NXT) reached a certain maturity in the integration into clothing and other soft goods, light emitting textiles still have a long way to go. Display like concepts are available from NYX and Lumalive, the former in…

Custom Kicks

One of the most desirable function for clothing is to change the outlook of a shirt, pant or as shown in this concept model, Sport Shoes with a push on a button. Inventables, a hyper creative company from Chicago that tracks little known materials and technologies and develops concept designs around them, has picked the…

Pong T-Shirt

3G – geeky and great for the gaming enthusiast ! The Animated Pong T-Shirt got to be the geekiest T-Shirt ever, what better way to show your love of retro gaming than displaying an animated game of pong on you chest. It’s a cool idea and we can imagine that on some accessions you might…

Luminous Fiber Optic Heart Pillow

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we give you some tips how you can make it a very special day for your loved one with a bit of Wearable Electronics. LumiGram, also known as Luminex, keeps on expanding their product range. For Valentine’s Day, we propose two of their products we think fit perfectly to…

T-shirt lumineux URANIUM

Uranium, the French company we reported about last year, has come up with a T-Shirt with integrated Display and sells it online since early December 2006 (see link below). The cost of the, we admit good looking, T-Shirts with display comes to a total of around 145.- Euro. As far as we can figure out…

Messenger bag with display

 Eleksen introduces a (none working) demonstrator during the CES, a concept of combining their Fabric Keyboard with a display and integrate them into a Messenger Bag. The concept of using a second display is based on the SideShow feature of Windows Vista. Vista’s SideShow enables a secondary display to be used to show information like calendar, emails,…

Concept design: TeamAwear

TeamAwear is a very interesting research project of Mitchell Page, a student at The University of Sydney. Mitchell developed the Team Sports Awareness Wearable Display or TeamAwear as he calls it to ‘actively enhance the awareness and understanding of a team sport for its stakeholders, including athletes, referees, coaches and spectators, without negatively disturbing its…

T-Qualizer shirt

The T-Qualizer is a T Shirt from FlashTech with a built in graphic equalizer panel that is sound sensitive. As the music beats, this special T Shirts equalizer lights up to the beat of the music. A bit like having a heart monitor on your chest, except all you will have to worry about is…

Lighten up your life

The company Luminex is creating a type of luminescent fiber by weaving fibre-optics into fabric. This fabric can be used and treated like any other type of fabric. The fibers are attached to super bright LED’s that are controlled via a microchip with a battery power source. The fibers are colorless by default, but they…

Time(less) T-Shirt

The Digital Clock T-Shirt is the perfect solution for anyone who hates to wear watches but still likes to know what time it is. Or just for fun and spice up ones and the fellow people around ones life. The Digital Clock T-Shirt comes only in black and has a electro-luminescent panel on the front that displays…

Textiles that light up

 Philips Research is attracting the attention of clothing and furniture companies at this year’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) with a world-first demonstration of the jackets and furniture that are set to change the face of global fashion. The jackets and furniture feature the new and innovative Lumalive technology. Lumalive textiles make it possible to create fabrics…

Fibretronic’s embedded textile devices (ETD)

Soft electronic technologies developer Fibretronic Limited has wearable electronics technologies all made possible by using the Fibretronic embedded textile device system. Fibretronic uses several platform technologies to produce economical soft component systems. Fibretronic ETD (embedded textile devices) are created by embedding micro electronic devices within the structure of fabrics and textiles and soft films. The…

URANIUM – Jeans with Display

 URANIUM Jeans is a French company devoted to bring the newest and innovative interactive clothing to market. URANIUM Jeans introduced concept designs of Jeans and T-Shirts that have a flexible color micro-screen Display, made up of 273 pixels, embedded into the clothing. The display content can be changed to show different images/words using the built-in…

Fabcell Textile Display

Fabcell is a flexible, non-emissive, and multi-color fabric module. In Fabcell, fibers dyed with liquid crystal ink and conductive yarns connected to electronic components are woven into a square textile. By applying voltage to the conductive yarn, and changing the fabric’s temperature, the color of fabric surface can be changed. Arranged in matrices, Fabcells display…

Strobe-Light Jacket

StrideLite has taken reflective jackets to the next level for lighted safety while running or walking in the dark. This jacket not only has reflective strips, but also has bright, blinking strobe lights to ensure you will be noticed while biking, running or walking at night. The StridLite jackets have designs for men and women,…

Color Changing Textiles

“Color-changing fabric” is one of my personal favorites in the domain of Wearable Electronics. Being able to change the color of my clothing as simple as to flip a switch or have it changed ‘automatically’ triggered by let’s say ambient light changes or temperature or – sometimes – by my well feeling, gives endless opportunities…

NYX Display Jacket

A company called NYX clothing has launched or better, reintroduced a range of customised jackets with built-in flexible display screens that connect to a Palm OS PDA or smart phone. NYX is promoting this concept for some time now (around 2 years) but hasn’t been commercialized beyond a small sample size production. The message are…