HealthWear – wearable electronic health monitoring

Venturing around research activities into wearable electronic another European funded projects got my attention: the HealthWear project, a collaboration funded by the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission with the aim to deliver a service that provides uninterrupted and ubiquitous monitoring of the health condition of individuals in rehabilitation phase. Integrating monitoring function…

eTextiles will make the work saver for our firefighters

Scientist at the Dublin City University develop intelligent clothing for firefighters with sensors woven into the fabric. Technologies based on the use of e-textiles with wearable sensors will monitor the heart beat, breathing rate, the level of sweat, stress and dehydration as well as the location of the men in the danger zone via GPS….

The future of wearable power – printable batteries?

Wearable power, one of the hottest researched topics in the wearable electronic field got another boost from researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems EANS together with colleagues from TU Chemnitz and Menippos GmbH. The research team led by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Baumann developed batteries that can be printed using a silk-screen…

Interactive clothing made in Sweden

Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and FOV Fabrics AB in BorĂ¥s loves to combine technology and textiles to create smart, interactive clothing. Her love started at the turn of the millennium when she dismantled two interactive products, among them an intelligent glove, capable of transmitting communication. This experience and the following…

Klight – an sparkling, interactive dress

Avantex-Innovation-Award 2009 winner in the category ‘New Fashion’ was ‘Klight‘, a sparkling interactive dress was the highlight during my walk around the TechTextil. Klight is an interactive dress which translates the body’s movement into light, connecting the body with its surroundings. To achieve the effect, a new stretchable circuit board technology, developed by Fraunhofer IZM,…

Wearable electronic science – flexible electronics

Transforming silicon based, rigid electronic components into soft, flexible elements is one of the corner stones on the way to more complex wearable electronic technology. Currently e-textile components circling around passive – electronically speaking – components like conductive yarns for data and power transmission through clothing, electrically conductive fabric for sensors and switches or used…

Wearable Electronic science – printed power

Wearable power, a highly researched topic for wearable electronics and many other application field got another faced: supercapacitors made up of a gel electrolyte sandwiched between two carbon-nanotube electrodes, could be created by using existing ink-jet printing methods. Capacitors and batteries both store electrical energy with the difference that capacitors provide rapid bursts of power…

Wearable Electronic science – Nanofication of textiles

At times, nano-whatever seems to solve all problems the world is suffering from. Nano has the sound of a ‘magic spell’ on it. No wonder that ‘nanofication’ of textiles was one of the first areas nano technology found early commercial applications. One of the most prominent nano-textile applications is the impregnation (coating) of fibers and…

Wearable Electronic science – hardware made soft

Traditional electronic components are stiff and rigid which makes them not only ‘unwearable’ when integrated into textile but also ‘unusable’ as those components will be damaged when bended. Much efforts are spend into softening traditional hardware to allow smart electronics enter new application areas to improve our life and lifestyle. e-Textile technologies usually start out…

Interactive jacket lets you feel the virtual world

Philips Electronics is on the forefront in research and development when it comes to blur the line between physical and virtual world. Extending the visual range beyond the boundary of a TV screen, ‘AmbiLight‘ is one example how to extend the sreen world. The ‘amBX‘ system is another technology where ‘rumbles and wind effects’ are…

Wearable Electronic Science

Researcher from the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium and its associated laboratory at Ghent University presented this week during the Smart Systems Integration Conference in Brussels their newly developed UTCP (ultra-thin chip package) technology which can be seen as a big boost towards fully integrated, complex electronic into textiles. UTCP allows the integration of…

Leah Buechley – democratization of technology

Leah Buechley one of the leading personalities in the DIY wearable electronic field and creator of the unique LilyPad e-textile platform as well as countless DIY instructions to create ‘soft electronics’ gave recently a talk outlining her new task at MIT where she is heading the High-Low Tech Group. Expanding on her great work in…

iPod charging shoes?

Right after the military sponsored Wearable Power prize was announced, Japanese innovation and telecom giant NTT comes up with a (kind of) consumer version of wearable power in form of a power generating shoe. Their power shoe design is able to generate 1.2 watts of electricity, “a level sufficient to run an iPod mobile music…

Wearable Power Prize Competition Winner

The Department of Defense (DoD) found the winner for their $1 million Wearable Power Prize competition. Many interesting ideas and concepts have been submitted ranging from individual inventors to larger corporations. And the winner is: the DuPont/Smart Fuel Cell (SFC) Team building the lightest wearable system that provides an average of 20 watts of power…

EmoGlove – sensor glove keeps track of your online emotion

To record the frustration a computer user is undergoing during the interaction with software a team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) developed a sensor glove that tracks the movement of a computer mouse and keyboard but is also able to register physiological parameters such us heart rate, skin resistance and body…

Smart designed Solar power Clothing

Solar jackets and bags are hot items, they are in line with our increased environmental awareness and can give us the extra hour of talk time or Net surfing we need so baldly for our digital life. Integrating solar cells into clothing or bags can be a style challenge as those solar cells come mostly…

Design for Wearability

Digging around in our library I found an interesting report from the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University on Design for Wearability. This research has been done ten years ago and is a excellent guide for designers, students and hobbyists who want to find the best place to integrate technical elements into…

e-Textile pants can improve the lifestyle for elderly

We have pointed out in the past ththe high value e-textiles and wearable technologies have to help improving the lifestyle of persons requiring medical treatment, rehabilitation after medical treatment and enhancing the life style of elderly persons by assisting declining body functions. Without wearable technologies many of this persons are confined to rooms or stationary…

Smart clothes: textiles that track your health

Garments that measure the heart rate have been on the market for some time. Made of intelligent textiles, those sensors stand out over other solutions with their excellent wearability, they are soft as textiles are. Textile based sensors provide a much higher wearing comfort: everything you need to to is to put on a shirt….

Wearable tactile display

We interact in the real, physical world in many different ways like seeing (visual), hearing (audio), taste, smell (olfaction) and touch (tactile). Our interaction with the virtual world is comparatively limited mostly to visual and audio and in some cases tactile like some video game controller. A Wearable Tactile Display could add the touch dimension…