New eTextile DIY site – How to get what you want

Fitting nicely to the start of Open Softwear, a book/guide/project to help getting started with wearable electronic technologies, the launch of ‘How to get what you want‘ a website with the aim to be a comprehensible, accessible and maintainable reference resource for everything around eTextiles and wearable electronic offers information for the more advanced eTextile…

Open Softwear – a book about fashionable prototyping

Wearable electronic designer and crafter just got a new, fabulous source of information and inspiration from Open Softwear and it’s authors Tony Olsson, David Gaetano, Jonas Odhner, Samson Wiklund. Open Softwear is a book about Arduino boards, conductive fabric, resistive thread, soft buttons, LEDs, and other things specifically targeted towards wearable electronic prototyping. The eBook…

Weaving with Conductive Thread and LEDs

WeaveZine published an highly interesting article about Lynne Bruning‘s e-textile weaving technique. The article explains the advantage the weaving process provides over sewing with electrically conductive yarn. A detailed description, illustrated with sketches and many photos, explains the use of the clasped-weft technique, a weaving technique Lynne found out to provide perfect conditions for integrating…

e-textile DIY – tilt sensing bracelet

Hannah Perner-Wilson added a cute little DIY project to her growing Instructables collection: the Fabric & Bead Tilt Sensing Bracelet. What does the bracelet do? It is decorated with six conductive fabric petals and a thread of beads with a metal bead at the end. Designed to make (electrical) contact when the metal bead is…

Paper electronic

Textile electronic hasn’t left it’s infancy state yet but there is already another electronic revolution on the horizon in form of Paper electronic. Leah Buechley who is one of the main driving sources in the e-textile innovation not least with her creation of the LilyPad system has reached out to paper substrate. Adapting the LilyPad…

Wearable Electronic DIY – a Blinking Fashion Statement

A recent article by Charlie Foster for Forbes.com about the wearable electronic DIY movement describes the ‘cross over point’ between the ‘boy’s only’ club of silicon based tinkering and the ‘arts-and-crafts’ community traditionally a more feminine domain. The marriage of tech and fashion opens the doors for crafters to learn how to solder and tinkerers…

DIY – Firefly Baby Booties

A cute little DIY project from Portuguese couple Ana Pires and João Silva demonstrates how to make a first wearable electronic outfit for your little one – Firefly Booties. The fireflies on the Baby Booties are lit up with an LED powered by a hidden CR2016 lithium battery. You can find very detailed instructions on…

DIY high tech glove – Clove 2

High tech gloves do get a lot of attention lately as you might have seen on our blog. Each of those ideas address, or try to address, different aspects of our daily life to make our lives more convenient or improve the work environment. Christopher Mitchell created the Clove 2 glove concept which is attacking…

Amazing littleBits

littleBits is an amazing concept of electronic modules enabling people with little electronic knowledge to create complex electronic systems. The littleBits concept is a library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Different electronic functions like switches, power modules, USB connector, sensors, LEDs are designed as small as possible to allow easy integration…

Cycling Jacket from Leah Buechley shows direction of Wearable Electronic

Leah Buechley the Innovator and Creator of the most advanced e-textile kit, the LilyPad Arduino, keeps on surprising the world with new ideas fusing electronic and clothing. Her latest work a turn signal biking jacket is an excellent example how e-textiles can add high value to ‘conventional’ clothing. Safety and visibility while cycling in low…

Cute Christmas gift – Wearable Electronic Sewing Kit

I found a cute, simple electronic sewing kit offered by aniomagic.com that can make the perfect Christmas gift for the creative people among our reader. You might not be able to create with this kit such attention magnets like Moritz Waldermeyer did recently but you can create cute little Wearable Electronic fashion accessories for your…

DIY Solar powered Bicycle Helmet

Another funstastic weekend is ahead of us so I thought to bring up something for the fun and creative side of you. A DIY project seems to fit this requirements well and if a DIY project is somehow related to Wearable Electronic, we are hooked. Caleb John Clark, a men who likes to document, distill…

Wearable Electronic DIY project: digg-me Shirt

Our reader tamberg pointed us to the ‘digg me’ Shirt, a very well documented Wearable Electronic Instructables project and just the right stuff to write about at the end of the week when we switch to an more relaxed mode. The ‘digg me’ Shirt is a truly Wearable Electronic DIY project combining the usage and…

The ultimate Wearable Electronic DIY Kit: LilyPad Arduino

Leah Buechley created in cooperation with Sparkfun the next generation of e-textile modules for the Wearable Electronic DIY enthusiasts: the LilyPad-Arduino set. To introduce Leah Buechely might not be needed for our regular readers and everyone interested into Wearable Electronics just so much, Leah is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of…

DIY Solar bag

talk2myShirt has formally entered the DIY community by making our very own version of a Solar Bag. It was easy for us to pick our first DIY candidate. Catching solar energy with a bag to power iPod and Co. became very popular this year. Our DIY instruction guideline will not only give you the technical…

Fire Dress – DIY with Laura Cesari

We have seen the LED-Dress from Hussein Cahalayan but the $ 16.000,- might be a bit too much for some of us. Do not fret, I can show you a way to have a similar ‘head turning’ outfit for your next summer-night party for just $ 70-80 with a bit of DIY and the fabulous…

Wearable Electronic – DIY

Do-It-Yourself for Wearable Electronic is a new chapter/category in our Blog. We introduce you to the DIY activities and possibilities initiated by other people and groups and expend that activities with our own contributions. DIY is a growing trend in the fashion world today. Many of us want to personalize the ‘standard’ offer in the…