Color Changing Moonlight Cushion

Illuminated, color changing cushions are not new but with the onset of long, dark hours that come at this time of the year, bringing some relaxing, soft colors into the living room has great potential to cheers people up. To my experience any kind of light radiating object with a soft, tactile feel never misses…

ISWC 2011 – Call for Wearable Electronic design

ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers) invites submissions of original works of wearable technology for its 2011 Juried Exhibition. Submissions may comprise any type of wearable technology (electronic, mechanical, textile, garments, etc), and designers are encouraged to submit works of practical technology as well as works of art. ISWC 2011 will be the fifteenth annual…

Only a few days left: Touch screen gloves Giveaway

We have extended our touch screen gloves Giveaway until Monday Nov. 22nd giving all our reader time over the weekend to tell us how you will connect during the winter time with gloved hands to your smart touch screen devices. Just a short note – we are curious how the smart screens and the cold…

Fashionable Technology Event Series

Organized around the official launch of Functional Aesthetics, Visions in Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour, the Fashionable Technology Event Series is an must-go event for all fashionable technology designer in and around NYC. The event starts on Friday Nov. 19th at 2pm with a Symposium with a long list of interesting speaker like Stacey Burr…

The magical illumination of a Carpet

Dutch designer Dorith Sjardijn takes traditional crafts like carpet weaving and upgrades it with 21st Century technology. The ‘8-bits kleed‘ is a beautiful example on how to do that in an esthetically pleasant way by tufting EL-wires into a Persian rug, creating cracks of light along the woven pattern. The brilliance of such design is…

Finally available – Pillow remote control

The long wait is over for the Pillow remote controller. A few month ago I was lamenting suggesting why brands/retailer do not pick up one of the design inspirations that have shown up for many years, DIY enthusiasts and designer that hacked their remote controller and give it a soft touch. Brookstone has made the…

smarTouch gloves Giveaway

Tell us why you want these awesome touch screen gloves and get a free pair of smarTouch™ gloves from Isotoner, to keep your fingers warm this frosty winter season while sliding and tapping your smart devices like it’s summer time. Send your opinion about touch screen compatible gloves to editor@talk2myshirt.com using an email address we…

eTextile and wearable tech meetup with Lynne Bruning

The folks of Dorkbot PDX who’s mission is to do ‘strange things with electricity‘ are hosting an eTextile and wearable tech meetup with Lynne Bruning the coordinator of the Maker Faire eTextile fashion shows and designer of amazing eTextile fashion and technologies. Lynne will bring some of her fabulous designs to show and talk about…

Electrified Fairy wings

I could not resist writing about Halloween in connection with the possibilities eTextile techniques offer for this type of once-a-year event. Making a mini-voting contest among my friends we selected the ‘Wing’ type of DIY projects as our favorite design. Two of the most outstanding wing design DIY projects are the ‘Removable EL wire art…

Design contest for Cooling Jackets

The last thing most of our talk2myShirt reader will have in mind right now with the winter in front of the door is thinking on a cooling jacket. But there are regions on our planet where people straggly with the heat around year. India is such a place where the intense heat causes heat stock…

Water and Sun reactive fashion by Amy Winters

Amy Winters is a new media artist and fashion designer whose work lies at the intersection of fashion, visual arts, music, film, dance and theater. The British/Swiss artist graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in 2006 with a BA in Theater Design. Her first ready-to wear collection was on the runway during this month London Fashion…

Rhyme&Reason – knitwear and fabric enlivened by illumination

Two years ago Mary Huang, at that time student of Design|Media Arts department at UCLA started weaving and knitting with light. The interview I have done with her was inspiring and shed already some light on her future relation with fashion and technology. Fast forward into our present day, Mary’s Rhyme&Reason collection evolved technically up…

Textiles and Electronics Workshop

Sarah and Lara Grant, a sisterly team with interests in physical computing, electronic textiles, controller design and signal processing, both students at NYU ITP, inviting to join their ‘Textiles and Electronics Workshop‘ this Friday Sept 17th at The Tank, 354 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036. The workshop will start with a demonstration how…

Instructables – Soft Circuit Contest

One of my favorite places when searching for eTextile DIY projects, Instructables.com started the Soft Circuit Contest, challenging and inviting the creative DIY community to showcase their latest and creates eTextile projects with others. The rewards for sharing your designs: First there is the great Grand prize, a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a custom…

World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show

The sweet summer holidays are coming to an end for most part of the world it’s time to quickly catch up in the working schedules. To help you get back into the wearable technology event calendar here is a reminder for the upcoming ‘World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show‘ running from Sept. 25…

Wearable Technology goes academic

The University of Florence, with participation of PlugandWear, is running the high profile course ‘Wearable Technology – a hands on analysis of electronics in innovative textile and prototype development’ from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 in Florence – Italy. University courses dedicated to Wearable Technology offer an important step towards a more structural approach to…

Soon people can call your little black M-Dress

Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the creative force behind CuteCircuit are pushing the limits of wearable technology far into the future with their recent activities which ranges from illuminated stage-wear for artists to launching their own CuteStore for technology enhanced fashion. In the ‘coming soon…’ section of the store we can find the famous Hug…

Wired Hoodies from Rusty

Rusty, an apparel brand in the space of fashion forward clothing centered around surf, snow, skate, and the wake culture has launched the Wired Series of Hoodies with integrated headphones. After we have seen the HoodieBuddie™ a few weeks ago this is the second brand that used the draw cord of a hoodie to act…

Polar job listing – Textile Engineering and Wearable Electronics

It looks like we can create a section for job openings in wearable electronic. After Adidas started building up their wearable electronic team Polar is now starting to build their wearable electronic team. If you are interested and match Polar’s job profile you can apply for the ‘Specialist, Textile Engineering and Wearable Electronics‘. The wearable…

DIY wearable tech – Auto lacing shoe

Instructables member blakebevin posed a project that comes very close to fulfilling one of my longtime dreams: Power Laces – the Auto lacing shoe. Since I was small and may be inspired by ‘Back to The Future II’ I always wanted to have shoes that lace themselves to support my natural laziness. Finally the long…

Adidas is further expanding it’s wearable electronic team

In case you haven’t seen yet the comment on our blog posting about Adidas search for a wearable electronic designer, they have also a job opening for a Wearable Electronics Development Engineer for Software & Hardware development. According to the job opening your area of operation will be as a member of the adidas Wearable…

Adidas is looking for a wearable electronic designer

According to a job opening posting the Adidas Group is looking for a Textronics Senior Industrial Designer ‘to create wearable electronics performance innovations which drive the advanced product process from opportunity identification through production reality.’ Textronics, founded by Stacey Burr, created and commercialized a range of heart rate monitoring running tops and shirts using their…

DIY – Zipper Earbud Cover

Rounding of this weeks simplicity theme on talk2myShirt I found a perfectly fitting DIY project that demonstrates that low-tech creativity when integrating a bit of technology into clothing accessories can solve daily problems when handling our indispensable pocket devices. Tangling headphone cords are one of the ‘evil’ things we have grown to accept due to…

Squidarella brings fun to rainy days

Keeping our design simplicity line of this weeks posting, how about a color changing umbrella that brightens up the rainy days. We featured the color changing umbrellas designed by SquidLondon earlier but the new, color splash design which is available from UrbanTrim for $38.- is definitely an eye catching, colorful break on a otherwise dull…

Hoodie with build-in earbuds

Adding a bit of technology, even if the technology is very basic, to clothing is a fascinating field that has been triggered by the wearable technology movement. Point in case, the HoodieBuddie™, a hoodie which uses the drawstring as carrier, as concealment for in-ear headphones. Why should one do that you may ask. As user…

Technology enhanced beach-towel

As the summer officially started north of the Equator the following soft technology product might be something to consider when heading to the beach, the  Hi-Sun beach towel with integrated speaker. I am always amazed about the evolution of products and about the penetration of technology into areas not that obvious at first. While the…

The world’s largest collection of e-textile materials

Adrian Freed, Research Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) compiled the self-proclaimed ‘world’s largest collection of e-textile materials and associated tools‘ and having spend a very long time browsing through the collection I can confirm his proclamation. Adrian pioneered many new applications of mathematics, electronics and computer science to…

Pretty Smart Textiles

Pretty Smart Textiles is the name of an exhibition about and around the latest innovations in eTextiles from Dutch artists and designers including Daan Roosegaarde, Maartje Dijkstra, Meg Grant, Nicky Assmann, Dorith Sjardijn, Melissa Coleman, Heike Sperber, Marina Venendaal, Karina van Heck, Florian Kräutli, Aduen Darriba, Joachim Rotteveel, Anouk Wipprecht, Charlotte ‘t Hart, Evelyn Lebis,…