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Safe Ride Cycling Jacket

Two students from Mexico’s National Autonomous University have created a “Safe Ride” jacket to increase the lifespan of cyclists in their city. The “Safe Ride” jacket as they call their design is very similar to the mother of all turn signal jackets: The Turn-Signal Jacket invented by Leah Buechley in 2008. Personally I am surprised…

Hot jacket for cold days

Who didn’t wish to have a bit extra heat while bracing the arctic cold outdoors. Not so long ago many  folks in Europe and in US got a taste of the cold force of mother nature. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., manufacturer and marketer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools is not the typical brand we…

Smart Urban Wear – The utope project

Austrian Designer Wolfgang Langeder and the Fraunhofer IZM / Stretchable Circuits in Berlin, have joined forces to develop Smart Urban Wear with focus on an innovative display on clothing. ‘The utope project approaches a textile utopia: The exterior of clothing becomes a display. This creates the possibility to change its surface like a chameleon skin…

iPhone control for our jackets

We all know the iPhone with it’s application variety can control almost anything imaginable. So it was only a matter of time that creative minds made the link to clothing. Artistic designer Alexander Reeder in collaboration with Yutaka Takahashi and Junpei Wada link up the iPhone with a jacket that can contain various modules such…

Adidas Glow-in-the-Dark sports wear by Stella McCartney

A few days ago I stumbled over the job opening at Adidas for a wearable electronic designer but it seems Adidas is making already first low-tech steps towards more interactive fashion enhancements. Glow-in-the-dark printing on fabrics is not really a high tech matter but as far as I can judge this, such fashion experiments came…

Fashion meets Technology by Tine Beez

How technology can enhance fashion design has been nicely demonstrated by Tine Beez, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with her ‘Fashion meets Technology‘ active wear collection unveiled last May. The inspiration of her collection is drawn by the mountaineering legend George Mallory, using natural fiber combined with cutting edge…

Jackets that change your songs and pick up your phone

The Winter Olympic are in full swing (although physically I am far away from Vancouver) I revisited the iPod enabled jacket market to check out what is available right now for people watching the winter games on the spot. The first pleasant surprise is the prices of interactive, iPod ready jackets came down again this…

The North Face Audio Jackets

Despite the cold weather outside, the technology enhanced apparel market is really heating up this winter season. The North Face added to this growing market great looking Audio jackets for women and men. Beautiful not only the style of the jackets but also the soft touch control on the sleeve in the shape of a…

Spyder Destroyer Jacket with sound control

Spyder is one of the brands making use of the Skullcandy wearable electronic system we posted about a few days ago. The Spyder Destroyer Jacket is available in the colors black and red-white with a Skullcandy electronics compatible exterior. Integrated into the jacket is a flexible keypad and the eTextile cable system which provides a…

Rockin jackets from Columbia Sportswear

The last time I blogged about Columbia Sportswear‘s techno clothing collection I was ‘wondering’ what comes next after their launch of heated boots, heated jackets and the music super charged backpack. Now we know – Columbia Sportswear added the Rockin Out jackets for men and women. The Rockin Out jackets have of course the technology…

Have you already activated your jacket?

Skullcandy, formed in 2003 with the goal of designing audio player accessories that fit into an active action sports lifestyle seems to me is up to (r)evolutionize the audio accessory business with their new range of wearable technology modules. The AMP’D Music System includes a 2 watt amplifier, two wearable speaker modules, an iPod and…

Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket with iPod control from Zoo York

Zoo York‘s range of apparel which are inspired by the New York City graffiti art and skateboarding culture jumped on the interactive fashion skateboard trend and released the limited edition, iPod controlling Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket. Featuring the PANiQ eTextile control system from QIO Systems, the Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket comes in black, has waterproof…

Interactive fashion by KILLA

Canadian interactive fashion house KILLA keeps on expanding it’s range of audio apparel with the launch of the ‘Dillinger Varsity‘ jackets for women and men. The Dilliger Varsity is using QIO systems PANiQ eTextile technology which consists of a fabric based control area in the sleeve of the jacket and connects to a range of…

Zegna Ecotech Solar Jacket

Italian’s high end fashion brand  Ermenegildo Zegna is making a big impact again in the innovative, technology enhanced fashion arena with the launch of the Ecotech Solar Jacket as part of the Zegna Sport collection. Almost 2 years after Zegna introduced the first top brand solar jacket in the market, the Solar JKT which had…

Radiance and Refugium heated jackets for the coldest winter days

The cold days approaching fast as my friends in the northern hemisphere tell me and the need for some extra heat while outdoors is very much appreciated. We have covered your feet already with the introduction of Columbia’s Bugathermo heated boots. Now it’s time to warm up your upper body with Mountain Hardwear‘s heated jackets,…

Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket from POLO Ralph Lauren

This must be the most gorgeous looking technology enabled jacket on the planet: the Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket from POLO Ralph Lauren. What a cool looking snow boarding / winter action sport jacket. The Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket is made from innovative water-resistant, double-layer Microfiber shell, incorporating interactive PaniQ™ technology that allows safe remote use of Bluetooth™…

Sailing jacket with iPod control

One of UK’s biggest action sports company Gul joined the technology enhanced apparel market with the introduction of the Limited Edition Coastal Vigo iPod Control Jacket as part of their range of sailing apparel. The interactive jacket features QIO Systems textile control area on the jackets sleeve and comes with the PANiQ iPod control module….

Reggae Bluetooth snowboard jacket

European outdoor brand Oxbow is launching the Reggae Bluetooth snowboard jacket as part of their autumn/winter 09/10 collection. The jacket uses Fibretronic‘s five function keypad together with the Bluetooth Music Phone Controller which is compatible with all mobile phones with stereo Bluetooth capability. The jacket allows to make and receive phone calls via the sleeve…

Upgradable Polaris Jackets

The upgradable clothing market is growing with the addition of Polaris winter 09/10 collection of outerwear jackets for man and women. Polaris Industries has designed their jackets to allow Fibretronic‘s joystick controller to be added to the sleeve using a Velcro attachment point. Fibretronic has produced a custom designed joystick for Polaris with a Velcro…

FMF Element Ride Jacket – motorcycle jacket connects to iPod

Motorbike fans can now chose to spice up their clothing with soft touch controls on the sleeve to connect to personal electronic devices like iPod, iPhone or other MP3 player or cellphones. US brand FMF Racing launched the ‘Element Ride Jacket‘ equipped with Fibretronic‘s CONNECTEDwear technology and iPod control module. If you don’t have an…

Sessions iPod ready, interactive Winter09 jackets

Action-sport apparel brand Sessions teamed up again with Skullcandy to continue it’s presents in the interactive garment segment with the launch of the Winter ’09 iPod ready jacket collection. The Foxtrot Herringbone Skullcandy Jacket for men features a military construction with urban styling – gorgeous looking jacket for action pure and available via this online…

Stylish cool Commwear Jacket from Kjus

Even though many people spend these days on a beach there are folks who enjoy skiing right now. For all those cool people we found a great looking, iPod compatible jacket from the Norwegian company Kjus Skiwear. Popular among fashionable, high end skiers, this company makes one of the coolest looking yet functional ski clothing…

Metallica M4 Jacket with Speakers and iPhone connection

Metallica, the biggest selling heavy metal band in the world is the latest example of how music artist’s embrace wearable technologies joining the likes of Madonna, Bono, Kanye West or OK GO to name a few. A partnership between Metallica and Sessions, a leading snowboard and action sports company selling high-performance snowboard apparel and accessories…

Bicycle ridding with LEDwear

Venturing around the other the to enjoy the cooler evening air for a run outside the usual air-conditioned gym I couldn’t help but to think about the ‘Light for Life‘ project from Kempton I have posted a few days ago. Cyclists everywhere doing the same as me, making use of the cooler evening. The scenario:…

KILLA fuses interactive textile technology with classic Hip-Hop apparel design

During the recently held Vancouver Fashion Week one of the most advanced interactive fashion brands, KILLA put up an exiting presentation where models took over the runway break dancing, flipping, and doing the worm in their interactive hip-hop apparel. KILLA uses the advanced eSystem interactive garment solution from QIO Systems which allows the wearer to…

Moda Milano – Catania iPod Jacket

Former Italian Davis Cup Champion Sergio Tacchini launched Moda Milano in 2007 as a premium elitist range for sports apparel and footwear inspired by the 80’s fashion style. The Catania Retro Track-top iPod Jacket with Embroidered Sergio Tacchini logo on the chest, front zip fastening, ribbed collar, cuffs and hem and an outer shell  with…

Small price for Big boys – iPod Bomber jacket

Republic, a UK high street retail chain launched last year under their hip and hot style brand ‘Crafted‘ the iPod Bomber jacket constructed with metallic yarn to give it a unique crinkled appearance and designed for the urban streetwear market, cool and gorgeous looking. The jacket uses Fibretronic’s ‘ConnectedWear‘ audio control technology and works with…

Hero iPod and Audio jacket

For those who are planning to spend some more time in the mountains UK street wear brand Location has launched two interactive, cool looking jackets. The Hero 3 ICU iPod jacket and the Hero 3 ICU Speaker jacket. Both jackets have a dedicated iPod pocket with Fibertronic‘s CONNECTED-wear controls integrated into the sleeve for use…