Audience-Jacket

eTextile Tutorial – Audience Jacket

One of my favorite wearable tech resources is OCAD’s (Ontario College of Art & Design University) Social Body Lab headed by one of the most prominent persons in the wearable tech space – Kate Hartman, co-creator of the LilyPad XBee and Assistant Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology at OCAD. Examples of the amazing works…

eTextile DIY community – LilyPond

The high-low tech team at MIT under the lead of eTextile innovator Leah Buechley started a very interesting project called LilyPond, a eTextile Web community and place for collaboration and sharing of eTextile projects. LilyPond is aiming to pond the LilyPad community and to provide support for people who want to design and create soft,…

DIY – Wireless Dance Costume

Interactive clothing is attracted the interest of performers who are experimenting with the possibilities technology enhanced costumes to add a new dimension of interaction to their shows. You might say this is not new, costumes have always been one of the attention points of performances. Yes, this is correct but by embedding technologies these costumes…

DIY – Southpaw, measure distances with your hand

We have reported about the Northpaw by Sensebridge, an anklet that indicates the direction via vibration. Today’s DIY project introduction called ‘Southpaw‘ could be seen as complementing the directional wearable assistant by adding a distance detecting functionality to a glove. Southpaw by Instructables member south_paw has a sonar range finder and a small LCD screen…

DIY – Frogr eTextile adaptor for the LilyPad

eTextile designer will love the Frogr, a creation of Angella Mackey and David McCallum. The Frogr is an adapter – called shield in Arduino terminology – give a higher degree of flexibility when creating multiple designs which require the LilyPad. The LilyPad has to be sewn onto the textile circuit to make good contact. Creating…

DIY – Weight sensing Tote Bag

Instructables member markaleung made one of those sensible wearable electronic concepts I love for their simplicity and sensibility in regard to the functionality offered: the Weight sensing Tote Bag. Knowing the weight of a bag, especially when flying somewhere can be a question of how much money we have to shell out when in front…

DIY – heating and cooling jacket

CU Boulder GEEN 1400 Engineering Costumes students Chris Francklyn, Diana George, Jenna Sobieray and Alex Cossoff posted a hot-cool project on Instructables, the ‘How to make a Heating and Cooling Jacket‘ project. The jacket has the capability to sense the temperature inside the jacket and turning on the heating or cooling elements as needed to…

Power design for eTextiles

From a clothing designer point of view, the focus is on style and aesthetics. From an electronic engineer point of view, the power efficient circuit design is one of the keys between being a master or mediocre in this profession. Designing electrical function with high power efficiency in mind minimizes the need of power, allowing…

DIY – Emotional Scarf

Communicating clothing is one of the most interesting concepts in the interactive fashion domain and well taken care off especially by the eTextile DIY community. Instructables member ArduinoFun has posted a inspirational project called ‘Arduino Lilypad Interactive Passion Sensing Scarf‘ using the LilyPad Arduino and conductive yarn to create the textile circuit into a scarf….

e-textile DIY – touch-sensitive, musical light-up hoodie

A nicely designed e-textile DIY project from Instructables member Kanjun is the ‘musical touch-sensitive light-up hoodie‘. This interactive hoodie changes it’s behavior – yeah, smart clothing will have it’s own character – depending on how charged you are. Everyone has more or lessĀ  body conductivity which is influenced by the environment. Humidity level, the material…

DIY wearable electronic – Sonar garment for the visually impaired

This weeks wearable electronic DIY project comes again from Lynne Bruning and is the best ever I have seen in the e-textile domain – just fabulous. The story of her project, the ‘Sonar Garment‘: assisting visually impaired people by navigating through the world and alerting them when an object stands in their way. The alerting…

DIY Wearable Electronic – LilyPad E-Sewing and Pro Kit

Sparkfun has bundled two versions of the famous and fabulous Wearable Electronic DIY system around Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino e-textile system for the Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts. You can check out the two LilyPad kits first hand during the Maker Fair which takes center-stage this weekend in Austin. If you can it make to Austin you can…