Implantable Electronics

A topic that goes one step further than Wearable Electronic: Implantable Electronic. Wearable of course but this new field of electronics g=does not stop on the skin, it goes under the skin. For me, implantable electronic is as fascinating as wearable electronic as both aim to use cutting edge technologies to improve life quality. Wearable…

Power walking

Innovators keep on searching restlessly for ways to use the huge amount of energy we are generating while going after our daily business. Especially while walking a great amount of energy is generated with each step we take, a fascinating but technically very challenging wearable power area many have tried to explore. A recently news…

KlimaJack – self regulating climate inside a jacket

The KlimaJack (Climate Jacket) research project, a collaboration between German clothing companies and universities under the lead of ITIV (Institute for Information Processing Technology) aims to create climate controlling wearable systems integrated into clothing. Sensors integrated into the clothing’s fabric pick up vital body functions which are processed by miniaturized modules integrated in garments. This…

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…

Wearable electronic guardian angels

Thanks to constantly advancements in medical health care and our general knowledge about healthy lifestyle the percentage of older people increases rapidly around the world. This group of people is in need of new types of products that do mostly not yet exist. One of these areas of need is particularly interesting for wearable technologies:…

Balancing vest

Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) developed a vest containing accelerometers across the shoulders and pneumatic balloon actuators to provide a portable, wearable aid for people who lost their sense of balance due to injury or disease and have to learn again how to walk. Their vest measures how the…

HaptiHug – affective garment hugs you

Who has not send his/her hugs via SMS, email or phone. Although ernest mend it is just a word. But sending a hug with it’s warmth could soon become more tactile according to Japanese researchers. Dzmitry Tsetserukou, assistant professor at Toyohashi University of Technology and creator of the system that includes the HaptiHug, HaptiHeart and…

Solar power dress

Integrating solar panels into a dress or any kind of clothing is a style challenge, a balance between looking very – let’s say – techie and the trade-off on solar power loss when integrated to subtle, too hidden and covered up. Abbey Liebman, a senior at Cornell University gave this challenge a go and the…

Wearable plastic electronics

Although our talk2myShirt coverage is very seldom mentioning so called ‘plastic electronics’ this field is highly interesting to wearable electronic as it focuses to move electronic functions from hard surface substrate to flexible, thin-film carrier mediums. Thin and flexible electronic is next to other applications highly interesting for the integration into clothing as it can…

TecInTex – Technology Integration into Textiles

Wearable technologies or smart textiles are of high interest among the medical community as these technologies promise to enable more accurate monitoring of patients while giving more dignity and convenience to the patients in form of discretely integrated sensors into clothing. Although wearable technology development has made significant steps towards this goal most of the…

Stress detecting socks

Researcher at  ETH Zurich’s Electronics Laboratory develop a electronic stress assistant which will monitor stress levels in everyday life aiming to prevent burnout and depression more effectively. Bert Arnrich, Cornelia Setz, Gerhard Tröster and their teams worked out indicators to determine stress levels, including the skin conductance on the fingers, the heart and breathing rates…

Wearable power uniform for soldiers

News about wearable power become a regular weekly topic on talk2myshirt as we have again found information of a new development in this field. Britain’s Ministry of Defense awarded a research grant to Intelligent Textiles Limited, a British company specializing in wearable technology, to develop power fabrics that can power radios and other combat equipment…

Fiber Nanogenerators power up our future clothing

On a fairly regular basis researchers publish new findings around power generating textiles, a topic highly interesting for the wearable electronic community. This time engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, created energy generating nanofibers that could one day be woven into textiles. The nano-sized generators work on the ‘piezoelectric’ principle, converting kinetic energy through…

Wafer-thin plastic stores electricity

A recently published scientific development from researcher at the Imperial College London looks like another stepping stone towards wearable power. The scientists created a super-capacitor in a flexible form by sandwiching a glass-fiber layer between two layers of carbon fibers which are covered with electricity conducting resign. Super-capacitor, widely used in electronic products, have the…

Conductive Energy Textiles

Scientists at Stanford University, CA join the race for wearable power by developing ink from single-walled carbon nanotubes. According to the scientists, everyday textiles like Cotton or Polyester fabrics can be electrified with an extremely simple “dipping and drying” process resulting in eTextiles with an excellent ability to store electricity. Conductive ink impregnated textiles retain…

Body Electronics

Wearable electronic is still in it’s early stage, make the first baby steps into the harsh world of commercialization but visionaries and researchers work already on the next big thing in getting electronics closer to our bodies, actually inside our bodies. Having electronic implants is not new and some people depend their life on it…

Sensible clothing stretches the imagination

Sensible, sensing clothing are a fascinating topic which has got the intention of a highly creative team which integrates Merlin Stretch Sensor into beautifully designed garment to sense the wearers movement. The movement data can then be used for various purposes like interaction with a garments appearance, interaction with other smart sensing garments or interaction…

Push-to-talk T-Shirt

Push-to-talk 2 my Shirt might not be as far away as we have imagined when giving our name to our wearable electronic community site back in 2006. Finnish company Patria Aviation Oy has spent the past one and a half years to develop a flexible, fabric based antenna that can be integrated into a Shirt….

Wearable Power – battery made from from algae cellulose

Soft, flexible, wearable power is the stuff many scientist are working on, not only for the wearable electronic community as many other applications like to use bendable, sustainable, power providing sources for our devices on the go. A group of scientist at the Uppsala University in Sweden led by scientist Albert Mihranyan try to develop…

Meaningful wearable electronics

During discussions around wearable electronic I am frequently challenged with the following questions: ‘Why should wearable electronic, clothing that contains some sort of electrically active technology be interesting for consumers? Why not using small electronic devices as we have already, why not using the ‘sexy’ wireless technology to connect different devices in our pockets?‘ Instead…

Electrically conductive textile platform

EMPA – an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain will present this Friday at the Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, the ‘Conducting textile platform based on novel e-fibers’. There are different technologies and processes to create electrical conductive fibers and yarns, some use fine silver wires…

Smart glove – texting without keypad

According to a Discovery News article, researches modified a fingerless biker glove by adding 17 electrically sensitive patches over major muscle groups in the hand and lower arm. The detected muscle movements are then wireless transmitted to a computer which make the data analysis of translating the different changes on the muscles into written words…

iCalm – Comfortable, Wearable, Wireless Bio-Sensing

MIT‘s Media Lab is without question one of the hot spots for research and pioneering wearable technologies since it’s very early stage. No wonder that many of the innovative companies in this field are coming directly out of their laboratories. One of the latest start-up company in the wearable technology field is Affectiva, a Waltham-based…

Visionary clothing

We have covered many times the advantage wearable technologies can bring to us and our clothing by using it’s potential for sensor inclusion as a second skin, extending our sensory ability. A resent development by a team of researchers at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering led by Associate Professor Yoel Fink could add…

iLED – the next wearable display

While OLEDs are the hype of today when it comes to flexible, bright and colorful displays able to be integrated into clothing, a team of scientist is already working on the next big technology which could change the rule of the wearable display game. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) offer faster refresh rates and brighter colors…

EduWear – a Treasure chest full of wearable electronic information

A remarkable collection of wearable electronic information can be found by EduWear, an initiative of the ‘Digital Media in Education‘ research group which is affiliated with the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies at the University of Bremen, Germany. The project receives support from the European Commission with the aim to develop an educational low-cost…

Wearable CO2 sensor

Following up on the release of the Smart Textile Saloon exhibition list released last week, I am collecting more information (where available) about the projects on stage. The wearable CO2 sensor, developed by Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau and Dermot Diamond at CLARITY (Centre for Sensor Web Technologies at Dublin City University) is…

Frauenhofer IZM TexLab – wearable electronic innovation and industrialization

at the begin of this year the Frauenhofer IZM launched the TexLab concentrating it’s competencies and equipment to the integration of electronics into textiles. The involvement of Frauenhofer’s IZM into wearable electronic goes back to 2001 when they started to investigate eTextiles with a strong focus on assembly and reliability. Since then, IZM not only…