Haute-Technology

Haute Technology Laboratory

Wearable Technology research got another boost in form of a $1 million funding from Shima Seiki USA, a leader in 3-D computerized knitting systems, for a ‘Haute Technology Laboratory‘ led by  Genevieve Dion,  Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director at the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Genevieve Dion’s research…

Coming up: Smart sports apparel from Reebok

Sports apparel brand Reebok joins the growing list of sports brands that utilize soft, wearable technology in their apparel lines to record and stimulate the active folks around us in their drive to break records or just to monitor the fitness level. Either way, the integration of a sensor network in sports apparel is getting…

PLACE-it – the future of light-emitting flexible surfaces and textiles

PLACE-it, the short form for ‘Platform for Large Area Conformable Electronics by InTegration‘ is a newly formed initiative under the umbrella of the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Program. With a budget of around $15 million a consortium of leading companies and institutes in lighting and flexible electronics like Holst Centre/TNO, IMEC, Freudenberg, TU…

SmartMan – Smart Clothing technology

A visionary company is aiming to provide the wearable technology sector a much need boost into the commercialization of interactive clothing by offering a wide range of ‘ready-to-wear’ wearable technologies for the apparel industry. Taiwan based TexRay, a global player in the fabric and apparel business with subsidiaries in North America, Asia and Africa offers…

iFashion – Apple hires wearable technology expert

Apple, one of the most innovative companies in modern history with an excellent track record of turning traditional business up-side-down seems to have set their eyes on the next business to transform: Fashion The resent announcement circling around the Internet of Apple hiring a wearable technology expert in the person of Richard DeVaul could mean…

Disconnected

My apologies to the many readers of talk2myShirt who have given valuable inputs via the ‘HAVE IDEAS?’ contact form over the past 3 month and never received feedback. Due to my negligence I did not discover a broken link in the mail forwarding I have set up. Everything was fine until we moved talk2myShirt to…

Fibretronic connects fashion with Apple Inc

Great news for owner of interactive clothing and bags fitted with the Fibretronic CONNECTED-wear system. A brand new module is on it’s way to the stores promising great value for a few bucks. The new IPLX module connects via the headphone connector to the iPod and iPhone and not via the dock connector. To our…

QIO Systems launches PANiQ, the first wearable consumer electronic brand

QIO Systems, one of the leader in wearable electronic, announced the launch of its PANiQ wearable electronics system making PANiQ the world’s first wearable consumer electronics brand. ‘We are building the next generation of wearable electronics and interactive fashion at QIO Systems,’ says QIO Systems Co-founder and President, John Collins. While QIO and PANiQ work…

Fibretronic rolls out CONNECTED-wear

Fibretronic, one of the wearable electronic system providers for the apparel and soft goods industry, started to offer their range of CONNECTED-wear™ smart modules that hook up to wearable electronic enabled clothing and bags allowing to extend the clothes functionality beyond being just clothing. The great news about CONNECTED-wear’s  modular system for interactive fashion: for…

Dress up with your gadgets

A recent interview given by Rod Tanks, managing director of Smart Fabrics highlights the difficulties Wearable Electronic is facing but also indicates that Wearable Electronic is ready to take off. This interview is full of very interesting observations on Wearable Electronic. Coming from a businessman Like Rod Tanks who’s company is one of the first…

Eleksen gets a new home by QIO Systems

A few month ago the future of Eleksen and with it its ElekTex textile sensor technology that has made a huge impact in the Interactive apparel business in 2006/2007 was very uncertain to say the least. The first re-emergence of Eleksen and its technology was in form of an acquisition of its assets and business…

Kanye West features LED jacket during Grammy Award

Top rapper Kanye West collected four Grammy wins Sunday night during the Grammy Awards in LA. The most striking (for our blog) is the stage outfit Kanye was sporting, a jacket with animated light effects on each side of the front. I do love Kanye’s music and I do love the fact that Wearable Electronic…

Wearable Electronic manufacturer WEEL Technologies

After the transfer of Eleksen to Peratech, another transfer in the Wearable Electronic space took place to strengthen the design and manufacturing base of interactive fashion: WEEL Technologies has successfully completed a management buy-out of the Wearable Electronics company FITRIGHT Industrial which has designed and manufactured Wearable Electronic components into Apparel, Bag and Accessory products…

Peratech acquires Eleksen

Peratech Limited acquired the business of Eleksen from Deloittes, the appointed administrator of Eleksen plc and Eleksen Limited. Eleksen went into administration in Oct. 2007 after being unsuccessful in raising additional funding needed to realize their ambitious plans for 2008. Eleksen gave a big boost to Wearable Electronic and Interactive Clothing by working with major…

Stage wear design by Moritz Waldemeyer

Technologist turned designer Moritz Waldemeyer created a innovative stage outfit for US rock band OK Go. During their resent performance, OK Go light up the stage literally with Waldemeyer’s latest creation of thousands of LEDs stitched onto the jackets of the band. Waldemyer has illuminated high fashion items in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan successfully before…

The love – Hug Shirt becomes reality

Around half year ago we have posted about the Hug Shirt, a concept created by the fabulous team of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the founders of CuteCircuit, have taken on the challenge to bring this great idea to reality. Much has been written and said about the Hug Shirt but it seems this, once…

Smart Textiles and Nanotextiles Conference 2007

IntertechPira‘s 2007 edition of the Smart Textiles and Nanotextile Conference will take place from Dec 10-12 in Prague, Czech Republic. It’s the second time Smart and Intelligent Textiles will be the focus of a high profile conference. Top experts will present and discuss the present status but also the future of Smart, Intelligent and Nano…

Lumalive lights up clothing

Boost Products from The Netherlands will be the first company using Philips Lumalive light emitting textiles for clothing. After years of research, Philips has succeeded in incorporating special LED technology into fabric. “Lumalive brings fabrics and clothing alive”, says Bas Zeper, CEO of Philips Lumalive. “This now gives marketeers a tool with which to reach…

Wearable Electronic business news

Wearable Electronics business news coverage from this week: Get your snowboarding action on YouTube in an instant with the H4 Campack from O’Neill. O’Neill Europe announced the launch of the H4 Campack, one of seven pieces from its groundbreaking 4th generation wearable electronics line. The suggested retail price is €269.- (US$ 367.-) and designed to…

O’Neill announced the fourth generation Wearable Electronic line

O’Neill Europe is the most consistent company when is comes to Wearable Electronic. Starting a few years back with the iPod Jacket named Hub has evolved and expanded to the h4 line for Autumn/Winter 2007/2008. First a short look back to O’Neill’s evolutionary work in Wearable Electronic: In 2004, O’Neill announced the world’s 1st mobile…

ISPO Sport & Style – where fashion meets technology

Wearable Electronic takes again center stage for the third consecutive month. In May was the Smart Fabrics, this month the Avantex and coming month the ISPO Sport & Style in Munich / Germany. Between July 8-10, the 1st Wearable Technologies congress “Where fashion meets technology” will be held in parallel with the sports equipment and…

talk2myShirt @ your service

Over the past weeks we have changed a few things on talk2myShirt, not so much visual changes but additions and improvements to make reading and information hunting more convenient and efficient for our readers. The new page titled: ‘READ THIS’ contains a list of all the books from our Wearable Electronic library. The list shows…

Avantex wrap-up, Wearable Electronics is BIG

Never before have been so many experts and companies in the field of Wearable Electronic, e-textiles or Intelligent clothing (to give it a name) together on one place to share information about research activities, show the latest and finest design concepts and products – yes, real world products and not just ideas ‘to-be-realized’. Not to…

Eleksen introduces FM Radio with textile controls

Avantex started off today and Eleksen, the world’s leading provider of touch-sensitive smart fabrics for consumer electronics in apparel and accessories, announced a new product: a module for FM radio. This new module essentially is a stand-alone FM radio but has also the availability to work with the widely available FM transmitter accessories out there…

New range of iPod business suits from Bagir

Good news for the music and iPod loving business men. According to a business news report on Forbes.com which is based on information from AFX News Limited, Marks & Spencer will sell a new range of Bagir‘s iPod suits for men. MusicStyle™ as Bagir named their iPod enabled suit released last year, comes complete with…

Online Clothing Sales surpass Computers

According to the first part of The State of Retailing Online 2007, the tenth annual Shop.org study conducted by Forrester Research, of 170 retailers, Americans last year spent more online on clothing than they did on computers for the first time in history. This news is of some relevance to us from talk2myShirt because we…

Smart Fabrics 2007 Conference

IntertechPira, a leading provider of strategic information and analyses on advanced materials and technologies, is organizing for the third straight year the Smart Fabrics Conference from May 7-9 in Washington DC. The conference has everything imaginable to offer: on the first day, two highly interesting seminars are planned. The first seminar is about Getting E-textiles…