Light for life: Glowing cycling jacket

We have elaborated many times before the benefits illuminated clothing has to increase the visibility for cyclists and runners during low light conditions. Besides some commercially available  products of illuminated apparel, this topic is also one of the favorites in the e-textile DIY community. Instructables member Kempton just posted her beautiful variant of a illuminated…

Show your great Smart Textile project

The organizer of the Smart Textiles Salon are still looking for your latest, greatest wearable electronic creation and have extended the dateline for submission of your work. If you have just finished a new project or like to show your exiting demonstrator to a wider audience submit is together with a written abstract of maximum…

TechTextil – the innovative interchange

techtextil, one of Europe’s largest trade fairs around textile innovation will, like in the past few years, cover Smart Textiles, showcasing innovative apparel textiles, future-oriented clothing and visionary prototypes under the slogan ‘the innovative interchange‘. Innovative interchange opportunities are provided not only by visiting the 1000+ exhibitors on the show floor but also in parallel…

PunchOut gives a new meaning to pillow fighting

The PunchOut Pillow is one of the most unique computer game controller I have ever seen. Instructables user Kirton describes how to transform a ordinary pillow into a punch taking fight pillow to play Mike Tyson’s Punch Out game for the NES into a full-body workout with real feedback. Unlike the ‘air punching’ experience one…

Smart Fabrics 2009 wrap-up

The annually held Smart Fabrics conference organized by IntertechPira is one of the biggest events in the wearable electronic business calendar. This years Smart Fabrics was help in Rome, Italy, the center of the world of fashion. The 2009 edition has seen an expansion in terms of information diversity as well as in the choices…

e-Textile workshop – Fashion Hacking

Self proclaimed ‘Fashion Nerd’ Diana Eng will bring a bit of her Project Runway experience to NYC Resistor on May 10th which is hosting the workshop ‘Fashion Hacking‘. Diana recently launched her book  Fashion Geek which is full of fashion hacking tips and instructions. I guess some of the books’ material will be used by…

Showtime for Smart Textiles

Twitter friend Lynne Bruning send out a tweet pointing to an opportunity for e-textiles artists, designer, enthusiasts to showcase their creations on the ‘Smart Textiles Salon‘ which takes place on Sept. 25, 2009 in Ghent, Belgium. The ‘Smart Textiles Salon’ is running in parallel to the ‘80th Anniversary of the Department of Textiles at Ghent…

Workshop – Weaving Conductive Cloth

Most e-Textile projects as well as commercially available wearable electronic products use sewing as method to add electronic functions into fabrics. Lynne Bruning, a pioneer in ‘electronic weaving’ shows another option how to electrify our future clothing by using weaving technologies to integrate (vs adding) electrically conductive infrastructure and electrical components during textile fabrication. Weaving…

DIY – Goodnight Pillow

We have posted many times about commercially available pillows with integrated sound systems to help people falling asleep by relaxing, soothing tunes. Instructables user opcp took things in her own hands to ‘save her marriage’ as she writes in her project introduction, as her husband belongs to the part of people who need absolute quietness…

Haute Tech Neckties

Neckties are one of the few traditional fashion accessories for men although women take over this form of neckties as well. There a countless styles on the market and denying or not – a necktie is used to express the status, membership or many other ‘belonging to’ messages. Necktie design has seen many transformations adding…

Wearable Electronic events in The Netherlands

Rotterdam based V2_ ‘Institute for the Unstable Media’, will host coming May highly interesting events around Wearable Electronic. On May 16-17 Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (aka KOBAKANT) will give a two-day workshop on DIY wearable technology.  The workshop will put the emphasis on DIY techniques and performing arts and is aiming to provide participants…

Visibility for runner – Shine Hat from Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi, covered on talk2myShirt earlier with the Vertex MP3 Short keeps innovating and exploring possibilities how embedded technologies into apparel can add value (and safety) to sports gear. The Shine Hat represents a great innovation for commuters and those who prefer to ride or run in twilight/darkness. The lighting system provides enhanced visibility with…

Music Bear iPod Speaker

Japanese love to make everything cute so it is no surprise that softening conventional technology is getting it’s share of cute products. I like how Japanese using technology in such playful and fun way. The Music Bear iPod Speaker is such an example. Is it a high end speaker system? Properly not. Is it a…

Book preview – Smart clothes and wearable technology

Our first wearable electronic book introduction for 2009 is: Smart clothes and wearable technology, ready for pre-order now and becomes available end of this week. Smart clothes and wearable technology is a collaboration between J. McCann from University of Wales Newport and D. Bryson from University of Derby, UK. The authors investigate in four parts…

Equalizer T-Shirt hacking

Instructables member Mikey Berman points out that Equalizer T-Shirt come with rather simple, underpowered microphones which are usually inside the box that hold also the batteries. This little box is inside pocket on the T-Shirt making it quite insensitive to pick up all sounds around. Those EQ T-Shirts have also no provision to connect an…

Smart Fabrics conference 2009 is around the corner

The 5th Smart Fabrics conference is just around the corner, taking place between March 10-12 at the Holiday Inn Rome West Hotel in Rome, Italy. IntertechPira established with the annual Smart Fabrics conference a strong basis for the wearable electronic community back in 2005 which is expending every year since then. One can observe a…

Upgrade your Purse

We have covered quite a few purses and bags lighting-up the inside when opened to make it easier in finding all the little but important things inside, especially during night time. Alison Lewis editor & producer of Switch, a blog about innovative design, fashion and topics from a female perspective, shows how to make a…

Soft Circuit Workshop

For inspiring e-textile designer and DIY enthusiasts: Feb. 22. should be marked in your calender that is – if you live in or around LA. Syuzi Pakhchyan will unleash her creativity in Soft Circuit design during the ‘Soft Circuit Workshop‘ The first half of the workshop will give an overview of different conductive textiles and…

DIY – Valentines heart brooch

Becky Stern made acute little DIY project last year combining the LilyPad Arduino and the ‘Open Heart’ DIY project from Jimmie Rogers. Jimmie developed not only the ‘Open Heart’ hardware, he created an excellent simulation and programming software which allows you to design the heart animation via his online tool in an easy way and…

Wearable wrist power

If you are a professional talker on a cell-phone or walkie-talkie you might be interested into the Wrist Band Portable Battery from Chinavasion. Although this power wristband might not be something a fashionista want’s to be seen with it might be handy for above mentioned professionals where performance (in this case up to 3 hours…

DIY – Moonlit Flower

‘Moonlit Flower‘ is a cute little DIY project created by Korean designer and mother Ji Sun Lee as part of her TechDIY project. TechDIY is a project for women involving a holistic process of mothers and daughters learning electronics together and sharing this with others. The Moonlit Flower requires some sewing skills, basic sewing materials…

Wearable Technologies Conference at ISPO Winter 09

For the third time the Wearable Technologies Conference 2009 as part of the ISPO Winter 09 will take place on February 2nd in Munich, Germany. The focus of this years WT conference will be on Monitoring in Fitness, Sports and Health care, Power Supply in Wearable Technologies and Fashion and Sports design for Wearable Technologies….

Innovations in Textiles 2009

Right after the Smart Fabrics Conference in Rome another highly interesting event around smart textiles takes place on March 18 and 19 at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK. Titled the ‘Innovations in Textiles 2009: Smart, nano and technical textiles for medical, industrial and clothing applications‘ will bring together multiple disciplines and various technologies…

Smart Fabrics in the spotlight

IntertechPira released the final program details for its 5th Smart Fabrics conference which takes center stage from March 10-12 at the Holiday Inn Rome West Hotel in Rome, Italy. The fifth edition of the Smart Fabrics conference is packed full with high profile speakers and presentations. To serve the growing number of available information and…

Sew your own wearable musical interface

The event ‘diy* —  Art and Technology Festival‘ read: ‘do it together, the culture of collaborative art-making’ will host a workshop on Electronic Textiles to develop wearable musical interfaces. Hannah Perner­ Wilson and Mika Satomi will introduce workshop participants into the magic of e-textiles and the DIY concept of wearable technology. Starting point for the workshop is to take…

Mysterious sparkle for your Table – LumiTable

As the daylight hours are getting fewer it might be a good idea to bring some additional sparkle into the festive time of the year into your living room. An expert is spicing sparkling up our outfit and living room is LumiGram which has brought sparkling tops, coats and jackets, cushion covers and even table…

Smart Fabrics conference 2009

IntertechPira announced the dates for its 5th Smart Fabrics conference taking place at the Holiday Inn Rome West hotel in Rome on 10 -12 March 2009. Positioned as a flagship conference in the wearable electronic industry, Smart Fabrics conference visitors can expect again highly interesting presentations from the biggest players in the industry, including Philips…

DIY – Soft Circuit Embroidery

Last weekend we pointed you to a simple DIY electronic embroidery project demonstrating how easy it can be to create a cute, unique piece of embroidery with sparkling elements. This weekend we introduce you to a more advanced electronic embroidery project from Becky Stern using the LilyPad Arduino which allows highly sophisticated interactivity with your…