Upcoming eTextile Fashion Shows

Maker Faire and Lynne Bruning come again together to create a fashion show that fuses tech and fashion, function and form, reality and possibility. Lynne Bruning, creator of exclusive wearable art with a special interest in eTextiles is producing eTextile fashion shows as part of the upcoming Maker Faire in Detroit and NYC where fashion…

The power of fabric

Regular reader of talk2myShirt will know my special love of having Solar power in my bags. I am fascinated from the possibility flexible, super thin solar panels which can be seamless integrated into fabrics without altering it, allowing applications conventional, glass based solar panels with a rigid metal frame do not offer. A comprehensive overview…

Light Bright – LED vest

Clothing – Light animation – LEDs – that’s the trend right now in the high-tech fashion world. We have seen in yesterdays posting how beautiful and magical illuminated clothing can be. At the eTextile Fashion Show @ Maker Faire last month a Light Bright guy named Erik Johnson has shown his version of illuminated clothing,…

Soft Circuit Saturdays

What better day than our ‘usual’ Saturday posting around DIY eTextile project to introduce ‘Soft Circuit Saturdays‘ from Angela Sheehan, who is organizing  a DIY/Maker crafting group around soft circuits in New Hampshire/Boston area. Angela discovered her interest into e-textiles, craft technology and wearable computing during her time at Bennington College. Her research and interest…

Led-embedded dress

Canadian designer-artist Valérie Lamontagne founded 3lectromode with the vision of innovating in the field of wearables by combining technology with customizable prêt-â-porter fashion. Valérie and her small design group is focusing on the development of accessible wearables combining state-of-the-art technology and current fashion research, creating designs that resonate with our everyday needs as well as…

Smart sensing backpack with Aniomagic eTextile components

The folks over at Aniomagic have made a weight sensitive backpack. Note the emphasis is on weight sensitive and not weight sensing. Using Aniomagic’s fabulous smart eTextile components and a force sensitive resistor you can create a cool light animation on any bag. It won’t tell you how much weight you are lugging around –…

SleepPhones Headphones

There are millions of headphone types on the market but none of them are comfortable enough to sleep with them as they will fall out or peek you. Meet the SleepPhones from ThinkGeek, headphones nestled inside a soft and cozy headband that you can wear around your head or over your eyes like a sleep…

DIY soft electronics: Sew-through circuit board

Meredith Scheff, self proclaimed artist, writer, mechanic and fabricator posted a really cool design of a soft, sew-through circuit board using DuPont’s Pyralux Copper Clad Laminate, a very thin and flexible sheet of polyimide which has copper on one side. If you are familiar with making your own PCBs you will know how to make…

eTextile Fashion Show at Maker Faire

Maker Faire, the #1 event for DIY enthusiasts and Lynne Bruning the #1 in eTextile design teamed up to organize a show that fuses technology and fashion in form of Maker Faire’s first Wearable Computing Fashion Show. Lynne, textile enchantress and creator of award winning wearable art and eTextiles is welcoming all eTextile designers to…

Sessile – twinkling starlight handbag

Grace Kim, a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, currently working as Interaction Designer for Yahoo! created a beautiful handbag with sensibly stylish light  animation, the Sessile Handbag. The center stage is once again the LilyPad Arduino, a must have standard part for most if not all eTextile and soft technology designer. A…

Email counting T-Shirt

Catching up with wearable electronic news I came across the email counting T-Shirt made by  Chris Ball and his wife Madeline. It’s actually a DIY project we usually bring Saturdays but this one is so good – I can’t hold back that long. This high tech T-Shirt will indicate in binary form via LEDs the…

Smart Fabrics 2010 coming soon

A reminder for the upcoming Smart Fabrics conference which will take place between April 14 – 16 in Miami, Florida. This years event promises to be even more interesting than the previous conferences. A long list of interesting speaker covering the research, development, design and business aspects of wearable electronics will ensure a diverse spectrum…

The missing link – Bluetooth bracelets

Today we revisit those Bluetooth bracelets that offer the convenience of never missing a cellphone call by giving a gentle, vibrating buzz on the wrist informing us about an incoming call. Missing a phone call is sometimes not a big issue but at times it can have an impact on our love life, work life…

DIY – Illuminated dog hoodie

This weeks eTextile DIY project proposal is definitely falling in the cute category. Val Head created for her cute dog Tucker and Light-up dog hoodie. Most of the time we are stretching ourselves to figure out how and where to use eTextile tech for our clothing but seldom we think about our cute friends from…

LFLECTive fashion accessories from Lost Values

Lost Values a UK based company founded by designer-maker Elena Corchero, added to their innovative, technology enhanced collection a beautiful looking example how a little technology that has been around for a long time in not-so-sexy-looking roadwork jackets into classy, stylish hats and scarves fit for the high-street fashionistas. The LFLECT Woolly Hat and LFLECT…

iPhone chat with your unborn baby

Babies in our digital age grow up – literally – with technology even before they actually make their first appearance in our world. Babies still developing inside the womb use twitter to tell the follower-ship when it made another kick via the Kickbee maternity dress. Unborn babies listen to music via their expecting mothers Bellysonic…

Wearable Electronic event of the year – Smart Fabrics

Over the past few years highly interesting events around wearable electronic emerged or established themselves as a yearly focus point for the wearable electronic community/business. One of the very first wearable electronic events is the Smart Fabrics Conference which first took place in 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. Since that day, Smart Fabrics became THE highlight…

Interactive fashion Spring 2010

Canadian fashion brand KILLA is opening the 2010 interactive fashion season with the launch of the Spring collection which once again demonstrates the dedication and leadership of KILLA and their brand ARCHITECT in technology enabled street wear. A selection of gorgeous looking sweater and hoodies make use of the eTextile based keypads of QIO Systems…

Show of Light – color explosion on your dress

Our first technology enhanced fashion item of 2010 comes from Marina Polakoff, fashion designer and interactive technologies enthusiast who creates costumes for music and dance shows. Marina’s gorgeous looking dresses set the right frame for a colorful and eventful wearable electronic year ahead of us. Her garments interact with music, voice and movements, blending the…

Light-up Bow for a special gift wrapping

Need something special for Christmas, something unique? A bit of DIY and the fabulous instructions from Alison Lewis help you to create a sparkling light-up bow for your gift wrapping during this holiday season. Alison Lewis, an expert when it comes to demystify technology and use it in unconventional ways as we have seen in…

Soft-shell hoodie controls the iPod from the hips

Sessions added to their technology enabled clothing range a soft-shell hoodie with a Skullcandy custom made soft keypad not as usually placed on the sleeve but on the waist line. That’s a nice and refreshing twist in placing the soft touch iPod controls to some other place than the sleeve which is used in 99%…

LED cell carpet

One of the most extraordinary carpet designs I have seen comes from the Dutch company LAMA Concept. Called the LED Cell rug, made from pure wool felt strips with embedded LEDs that blend perfectly into the over carpet design. I give the label ‘extraordinary’ because the designers of these carpet, Yvonne Laurysen and Erik Mantel,…

Illuminated wedding dress by Alison Lewis

Creating illuminated clothing is not just about adding light points to a garment. It easily can end up being more a kind of Christmas decoration than a style statement. Alison Lewis is one of the eTextile artists who understands the relation between technology and fashion design perfectly as her latest creation, the Lighted Wedding Dress,…

Fan Hoodies with iPod control

LimbGear® joined the interactive apparel market with the introduction of their InterActive™ Hoodio, a screen-printed hoodie which allows you to control an iPod from the sleeve. Using hidden channels within the garment, the earbuds cable runs from the player which is placed in a pocket inside the hoodie and connected to the PANiQ eTextile control…

DIY – Simple Dark-Detecting LED Circuit

Next to Instructables the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is one of the interesting sites I regularly scan for simple, eTextile suitable projects. As LEDs are one of the favorite components eTextile artists are using I had a look around on how to make LEDs come to life when it makes most sense – when it…

Urban Tool – icaseBelt and ihipHolster for iPod and iPhone

Urban Tool, I like that name and their grooveRider shirts, has upgraded it’s famous carry gear for urban professionals with iPod and iPhone controls integrated into a multi functional belt and their trademark hip-holster. Called the ‘icaseBelt‘ and the ‘ihipHolster‘, both products feature Fibretronic‘s CONNECTEDwear controls. No need to take out your devices, change songs,…

Comfy warm ears with the Aerial7 Sound Disk Beanie

Winter is the time when beanies become an essential part of our wardrobe to keep our sensitive ears – and everything between – cozy warm. But covering up the ears makes it a bit cumbersome to use earphones especially the ‘over ear’ type. Beanies with integrated speakers are one option which emerged just a few…

DIY heated clothing

Judging on the many emails we receive from our readers, especially motor bike enthusiasts about heated clothing, this type of clothing is in hot demand, even more so now with cold weather outside. No serious motorbike owner likes to stop riding the bike just because it is cold but everyone feels more comfortable to stay…

Smart Fabrics 2010 conference

The clock started ticking again for the preparations to the 6th Annual Smart Fabrics 2010 conference which will take place from April 14 – 16 in Miami, Florida. Organized by IntertechPira, the Smart Fabrics conference is one of the most important events in the wearable electronic calendar as it combines research, innovation, business and industry….

Solar power on the go

Solar power , a hot topic around the world as it has the power to lessen, to minimize the negative impact our electrical power hungry lifestyle is having on planet earth. Solar power generating plants in deserts, solar power generator on roof tops and buildings are a sign of the growing awareness of solar energy….