O’Neill Audio apparel 2008/09

O’Neill, leading brand in the wearable electronic sport and outdoor apparel segment has introduced a ‘worlds first’, ready-to-wear active audio fashion line for the autumn/winter season 2008/09. The new Audio Hooded Top for women and the Audio Hoody Sweat for men come with an integrated audio system. The practicality is obvious: listening to music all…

DIY electronic embroidery – Frog catching firefly

The cute little DIY e-Embroidery project from Becky Stern the ‘Frog catches firefly’ is a very simple way to get craft enthusiasts exploring the e-textile world. The materials needed are simple: 2 LEDs, a switch, a coin cell battery and battery holder which is designed in a way to have holes to sew it onto…

A sound iHome for the iPod

iHome, one of the leading iPod accessories companies in North America, has a diverse range of speaker cases primarily for the iPod generation but some work with any portable audio player with similar or smaller size. The idea is simple: give protection against scratches, moister and dirt to the iPod while on the road in…

Interactive table cloth

The Interactive table cloth concept from Clemens Winkler, a German student of art and design at Burg Giebichenstein creates ‘signs of time as traces on a surface’ as he describes the starting point for the Interactive table cloth project. The magic aspect of the interactive table cloth comes from the unexpected appearance of marks during…

The pillow story of Pling Plong

We had our share on interactive pillow coverage like illuminated pillows or sound pillows but the Pling Plong pillow created by Silje Softing sticks out by it’s playful use of ‘soft’ low tech to give an twist to the story telling for small children. The pillow itself tells the bedtime story ‘relieving’ you when absolutely…

Never miss a phone call with the BluAlert Bracelet

Missing a call on your cell phone is annoying to say the least and can be disastrous in other cases. I don’t know anyone who did not have such unpleasant ‘missed that call’ experiences. The problem usually happens if you keep your phone in a pocket or bag. Not everyone likes to hold a cell…

Temperature Sweater

Fitting perfectly into the unstable autumn weather most of us facing right now is the Temperature Sweater, a creation from Despina Papadopoulos, founder of Studio 5050. The cozy fleece sweater has in each sleeve a temperature display, one for Celsius and one for Fahrenheit so you don’t have to struggle converting from one unit to…

One more thing: Smart Garments

Apple Inc‘s patent application “Smart Garment” released on Sept. 11, 2008 strongly indicates it’s interested into the development of wearable electronic / smart clothing. Apple’s popular iPod range has actually helped to kick start the wearable electronic business by providing a kind of standardized interface platform with the iPod range. This standardized platform together with…

Interactive Pillow talk

As we enter again the time of the year where we spend more time indoors it might be a good idea to look around how we can make this time as cozy as possible. Pillows comes first to my mind as I hardly have seen any house, apartment or room that hasn’t pillows around for…

DIY – Light recycling Backpack

An interesting DIY project from Instructables user ‘sykoze‘ shows how to make a backpack which catches sunlight during the day via solar panels and gives back the light in form of LEDs during night. The idea is not new but the way ‘sykoze’ has designed his Solar LED Bike Bag has some very useful features….

Fibretronic launched a new soft keypad

The choice for interactive apparel manufacturer is expanding with Fibretronic‘s new control interface the FTXS series for wearable electronic products like clothing and soft goods. The new keypad technology is an extra soft version of Fibretronic’s silicone keypad for wearable audio, mobile phone and communication product controls. The keypad uses Fibretronic’s patented ‘double-bridge’ contact switch…

City Pillows from Florence Bost, a living artwork for your home

Florence Bost is the creator of a wide range of highly interesting objects made of a hybrid between fabric and new technologies transforming such ‘simple’ items like pillows into an innovative, poetic artwork. Her lovely range of City Pillows make discrete use of light elements such as LEDs or EL-wires in combination with beautiful design…

UltraFuture Fashion show in December 2008

We got notice from UltraFuture about a change in their program concerning the planned Interactive Fashion Show: the new date for this event will be December 10-13, 2008. UltraFuture is working with CuteCircuit to showcase their latest ideas and designs during the UltraFuture Expo in December in Hong Kong. UltraFuture Expo aims to bridge East…

Music for your dreams – Stereo Sound Pillow

Almost every other week a new sound pillow is hitting the stores. I am not sure if they are getting sold like hot cakes but it seems companies see a business opportunity in them. The latest sound pillow comes from Sensorcom which is not the ‘typical’ pillow maker but a specialist in communication accessories such…

iHome for your iPod and iPhone

Taking a shiny iPhone or iPod to your next beach trip to enjoy your tunes in sand, sun and sea environment might end up in a not so shiny iPod afterwards. The beach is a great place to relax but a rough environment for electronic devices. Sand and splash water do not go well with…

UltraFuture Style – Interactive Fashion Runway show and exhibition in Hong Kong

UltraFutureWorld, a communication and collaboration platform dedicated to ‘shape the future of our world’, is organizing a exhibition and Runway show as part of the Hong Kong Fashion Weeks Spring/Summer 2009 trade fair held between July 8-11 in Hong Kong. The UltraFuture:Style will explore the horizons of interactive fashion, lifestyle and luxury. The most prominent…

Comfy sound with the iLogic Sound Hat

It might look a bit odd to write about headgear when summertime is approaching but there are parts in our global village who prepare for the wintertime and don’t forget even the best summer has it’s cooler days and nights. Having established this lets move on to look what the iLogic Sound Hat can offer:…

Smart Fabrics 2008

For the 4th year running Intertech Pira is organizing the Smart Fabrics conference between May 5-7 in Charleston, South Carolina, US. Intertech Pira’s Smart Fabric conference is the most significant event of the year for the Wearable Electronic community and business. A long list of high profile speaker from leading Wearable Electronic companies and pioneers…

Pillow with heartbeat – My Beating Heart

The list of interactive pillows is getting longer with the My Beating Heart pillow, a pillow that has its own heart beat. My Beating Heart is the invention from Yury Gitman and has been available since 2005 but out of whatever reason I only ‘discovered’ it today. Why should a pillow with it’s own heartbeat…

Wearable Antenna

The idea of Wearable Antennas is around for some time but I have never seen someone actually developing or even producing this type of antenna, that is until today. On my restless search for Wearable Electronic news I found a press release from Pharad, founded in 2003 to develop innovative and wearable antenna technology primarily…

Walk on Light – the Luminoso Rug

Rugs that light-up seems to become a new trend for the sophisticated lifestyle. First we saw the FootLume with EL light in a Rug to light the way in the dark and now we have the Luminoso, a Wool Rug interwoven with LEDs. The Luminoso is a creation from Top Floor an interior design company…

Sweet dreams with the Speaker Pillow

Having difficulty to fall asleep after a stressful day? We found something to skip the sleeping pills: the Sleep Better Sleepsonic® Speaker Pillow. We had all sorts of speaker pillows in our coverage but the new range of Sleepsonic® is positively outstanding. Firstly there is the benefit of not needing additional batteries unlike all the…

Cool School gear – a binder that doubles as speaker

School supplies never sounded so good! Five Star®, maker of cool, high quality binder adds a new dimension to binders by integrating NXT speaker technology. That’s a innovative way breathing new life in commodities like binders, something that has been around for ages. Sure, you select your binder based on the looks, your favorite color,…

perCushion – the pillow to make phone calls

Viennese design label URBAN TOOL is presenting again during this years CeBIT in Germany the innovative pillow that connects with the cell phone wirelessly via Bluetooth and enables you to pick up the call while relaxing on the soft and ergonomic cushion. Almost a year ago the perCushion made it’s first appearance at the CeBIT…

High-Tech Craft: Why Sewing and Knitting still matter

Why Sewing and Knitting still matter is the topic of a high profile panel discussion which is part of the SXSW Interactive Festival on Saturday, March 9th from 3:30 – 4:30pm in Austin’s Convention Center. Traditional crafts such as knitting and sewing are surging in popularity thanks to the growing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement. But living…

Workshop – Designing Hybrid Wearables

Designing Hybrid Wearables is an action-packed three day workshop organized by Mediamatic, Jean-Baptiste Labrune and Dana Gordon will look at clothes and jewelery and their potential as personal mobile platforms for social interaction. Held between Feb. 19-21, 2008 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this is one of the first workshops in Europe around the Lilypad Arduino…

Valentine ElectroPUFF Lamp Dimmer

Looking for a unique and creative Valentine gift from the Smart Textile department? If your answer is yes keep on reading. International Fashion Machines Valentine ElectroPUFF™ Lamp Dimmer and, for the creative folks, the Valentine ElectroPUFF™ Craft Kit give light switches a new meaning. The ElectroPUFF™ Lamp Dimmer is a plush touch sensing light switch…