Textile illumination – Delight Cloth

Based on the feedback we receive on talk2myShirt and my personal experience, illuminated textiles, be it for clothing or interior design, never fails to trigger instant, highly emotionally charged reactions from everyone around when seeing textile objects suddenly light up, changing their color. I am not talking about blinking, cheaply made decals, I am referring…

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…

Interactive Wear e-Textile designer kit

I was able to talk during my TechTextil visit in frankfurt with Jürgen Thalmayer from Interactive Wear about the recent launch of their e-Textile designer kit. Interactive Wear is not planning at this moment to open a online store on their Website. Orders for a designer kit can be made by sending an email with…

The Reconfigurable Costume from Leah Buechley

Leah Buechley showed us how to make truly textile electronic elements with her e-textile construction kit. Now Leah shows us how this technology can be used to create almost ‘out of this world’ clothing: a reconfigurable costume. The costume consists of a torso piece and an assortment of sensing appendages that can be snapped to…

Musical Textile

We are always on the look out for enhanced textiles, textiles with added functionality, in short: Smart Textiles. The Music Textile created by Maurin Donneaud (Industrial designer) and Vincent Roudaut (Interaction designer) is a highly interesting concept. The Musical textile is a large tactile interface for playing electronic music. The performer plays it simply by…

Auto-snug clothing – really smart fabrics

It seems Philips is going into the fashion and textile business. First there was the ICD+ Jacket together with Levi, then the Lumalive textile display last September and now a really smart fabric. Philips shows us a way which gives hope that the fitting-room fiascos will become a thing of the past ….. if this…

Wake-up with illuminated duvet

The northern hemisphere is almost through the winter season which naturally means all those folks are deprived of sunlight or light in general. Daylight can be as short as 6 hours or even less. The LightSleeper, an invention of Loop.pH, a group that specializes in the design and research of environmentally responsive textiles, can ease…

Smart, electronic textiles

The following text is taken from the research work from R. B. Katragadda and Y. Xu, “A Novel Intelligent Textile Technology Based on Silicon Flexible Skins”, Proceeding of the International symposium on wearable computer 2005 (ISWC05), Osaka, Japan, Oct. 18-21, 2005. It shows a very interesting way on how to integrate complex electronic elements and…