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Wearable tech Fitness shirt

2012 will see hyper activity in research and development of smart shirts for sports/fitness apparel – at least this is my view on the ‘killer application’ in wearable tech this year. Smart shirts, having textile sensors integrated that pick up the electrical signals generated by muscle activity like heart rate form the heart muscle or…

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The ‘wow’ factor of Textile Illumination

Integrating light elements into clothing never ever fails to attract astonishment and the ‘wow’ effect when unsuspecting people come for the first time in contact with illuminated clothing. I experienced this first hand while working on illuminated textiles, a rewarding feeling for the designer. What puzzles me is why textile illumination has not been more…

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Stock Market Lingerie

Stock Markets are in the spotlight today more than usual so I thought to look for something fitting to all the Stock Market talk but of course with a wearable technology touch. To my surprise and thanks to a fabulous wearable tech project from emerging artist Erin Lewis, currently studying Integrated Media and Wearable Technology…

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Intelligent Bag – Deja Vu

Deja Vu comes from French and means ‘already seen’ (that). This interesting project title has been selected by MIT students Heidi Chen and Nicole Tariverdian for their intelligent bag, the ‘Deja Vu‘. ‘Already seen’ is applied to the situation at which their Deja Vu bag saves the peace of mind of people constantly either forgetting…

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High-tech costume for Belly Dancer

A recent trend in the show-biz points towards high-tech outfits for artists wearing technology enriched stage-wear to attract visual attention and enhance their performance during the show. Loretta Faveri student at OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design University) goes beyond and above the usual visual effects with her version of a Belly Dance costume…

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Fingual – finger language translator glove

Talking with hands often refers to people who spice up their spoken words with generous gestures to hammer out the point they like to make. Talking with hands is first and foremost a important communication form for people who unfortunately lost their hearing capability. There are other hand communication forms like people who spice up…

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Cellphone charging on the go

Getting an unlimited stream of power for smart pocket devices while on the go is on top of the wish-list of billions, regardless where one lives, in the urban jungle or in the forest jungle. Wearable power, how to make good electrical use of all the kinetic energy people generate as by-product while going, running…

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Powertex gives power mobility a new meaning

A group of students at the Aalborg University in Denmark won the ‘Future Textiles International Prize Competition 2011′ for their design of a fabric capable to charge any mobile device by just placing the device on that futuristic textile. Called Powertex, industrial design students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang aim…

Taiwan eTextile Fashion Show

The Shih Chien University in Taipei is worldwide one of the most active places around wearable technology, nurturing and educating aspiring fashion technology designer in the art of wearable technology. Earlier this year we have posted about the students at the very same University who envision a invisibility dress making the wearer invisible with the…

Sensible Music by Stefan Zwegers

The Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology is currently running the ID’10 showcasing the work of the Master’s graduates plus a selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s projects. Some of the exhibits on stage are highly interesting from the wearable technology point of view. ‘Sensible Music‘ from Stefan Zwegers, a name talk2myShirt…

Networked gloves

As I mentioned some times ago gloves somehow do attract a big share of attention among the wearable technology community and fabulous ideas keep flowing. Today’s interactive glove has been designed by Ashwin Rajan and Kevin Cannon with the intention to provide a gesture-based communication tool for firefighters, the Frontline Gloves. Frontline Gloves are a…

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Kristi Kuusk, MA student at Estonian Academy of Arts keeps on exploring the possibilities of light elements in fashion accessories for a meaningful, emotional fashion design. Earlier this year we posted about her LED sparkling skirt that interacts with a ring to ignite the sparkle on the shirt. Her latest design which she did together…

Generative wardrobe

Generative Wardrobe by designer Alex Dodge is a concept study that explores various wearable technologies to form a complete system from head to the toes. Starting with a highly futuristic head cap called ‘Sleep Talker‘ envisioned to allow the broadcasting of one’s unconscious experience = dreams on social networks. Facebook with a dream status update…

Drum gloves

We have seen our share on interactive gloves ranging from ‘just’ lighting up’ to the control of the virtual world on the computer. Gloves seems to be a prime target when it comes to electrify our wardrobe. The Drum Glove System designed by Arnoud den Besten, Kristo de Pooter, Sam Vesters and Thomas Letermea, a…

Fashion meets Technology by Tine Beez

How technology can enhance fashion design has been nicely demonstrated by Tine Beez, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with her ‘Fashion meets Technology‘ active wear collection unveiled last May. The inspiration of her collection is drawn by the mountaineering legend George Mallory, using natural fiber combined with cutting edge…

Wearable technology for Improved Social Interaction

Designer, artist Lauren McCarthy, currently an MFA student in the UCLA Design / Media Arts program developed ‘Tools for Improved Social Interacting‘, a series of wearable devices that use sensors to condition the behavior of the wearer to better adapt to expected social behaviors. An interesting design concept that uses technology enhanced clothing to assist,…

Charging station in a biker helmet

According to an article from SiliconIndia, students at Nirma University designed a helmet that doubles as electricity generator. How? Firstly there are solar panels covering the helmet converting solar energy into electrical energy. As backup power generator for rainy days or after sunset the students Pragnesh Dudhaiya and Aalok Bhatt envision the use of wind…

Love Shirts

The month of May is often associated with Love like ‘love is in the air’ when nature awakes finally from the winter hyper-nation and starts it’s new love-life cycle. What better time could there be to introduce another project from the AiQ Smart Clothing Design Contest in Taiwan, the Silver Wing Award winning Love Shirt…

The invisibility dress

Students and artists have the privilege to truly think out of the box, to push the technological boundaries far into the future. Whatever is thinkable will be translated into objects that stimulate, challenge and inspire the rest of the world to achieve their visions one day. talk2myShirt works hard to find these visionaries in the…

Breathing as fashion statement

Hilary Hayes, industrial design student at the Ontario College of Art&Design (OCAD) in Toronto created a scarf which features dynamic light pattern depending on your breathing. She got the inspiration for this design from two areas, one being the fact that during winter time when the temperature reaches the freezing point we see our breath…

Bio Circuit, a wearable sound escape

The Bio Circuit vest is a interesting concept design created by two students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Dana Ramler and Holly Schmidt. Bio Circuit provides a sound (e)scape in sync with the biological state of the wearer. As parameter of the biological state serves the heart rate which is slower…

Subtle Subtitles Scarf

Blending technology with clothing generate amazing innovative ideas like the one I am going to introduce today: the Subtle Subtitles Scarf designed by Calum Pringle, Interactive Media Design student at Dundee University. Calum’s motivation for the Subtitles Scarf which is currently in the ‘experience prototype’ phase is to provide the occasional subtitle, in real time,…

SKÔN – beautiful illuminated hoodie

Paula Kassenaar and Paula Segura Meccia, students at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland took on the challenge to develop over the course of just one week during a module for an ‘exploration into textiles and electronics’ given by the faculty at the Wearable Senses division by the teachers Michel…

Messenger Dog uses wearable electronic

Messenger dogs have a long history of contributing, serving their friends and masters in mission-critical situations carrying messages across battler fields, natural disaster devastated areas and during snowy mountain rescue operations. A team of highly innovative students at the CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design), Laura Boffi, Mary Huang (see also the Meet&Playback glove) and…

Gesture control with MIT’s Glove Mouse

We are used to control almost every aspect of our physical world with our hands so it is no wonder that technology enhanced gloves have a great appeal among the creative, innovative minds. Technology enhanced gloves bridge the gap between the physical, ‘real’ world with the imaginary, virtual world consisting of Bits and Bytes. A…

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…

Tactile vest for virtual shooting reality

The integration of actuators into clothing to give tactile / physical feedback triggered by real or virtual world events is a frequently used topic among technology enhanced clothing concept designs. Saurabh Palan, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, uses a haptic interface integrated into the Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) designed for FPS (First…