Beagle Scarf – medical fashion for Autism

During discussions around wearable electronic a repeated topic is the usefulness or the lack thereof to integrate technical functions into clothing. While usually the debate of function into ‘every-days clothing’ is controversial and full of opinions there is one area where most can connect easily, seeing the benefits and usefulness of textile electronics, the medical…

Textile Synthesizer

While researching for last weeks Soundie DIY article I found the Textile Synthesizer made by Jeannine Han and Dan Riley at the Swedish School of Textiles, a highly interesting concept that transforms clothing into a MIDI interface. Jeannine embed touch sensors, similar to the ones used in iPod and other touch screens into the textile….

Technology enriched fashion design

Fashion design student Kristi Kuusk, currently studying at USP (University of São Paulo) is lighting up her creations – literally – by adding LED sparkle to a crocheted skirt. The twist on Kristi’s design: the sparkle comes only to life when the skirt and a ring come together. Her concept of ‘miracles start to happen…

Data logging Shirt

Sport enthusiasts know that sooner or later discover that parts or their body can not cope with their enthusiasm, leading to dislodged joints and painfully strained extremities. Fortunately, wearable electronic and the inventive mind of Marcus Moche, Alexandra Morgan and David Schmidt, currently students at the Northeastern University College of Engineering, might provide a solution…

Detectair – Air pollution sensing clothing

One of the most interesting aspect of smart, sensible clothing is the integration of sensors that visualize environmental conditions we cant’s see or smell easily or to visualize such parameters to warn us when they reach health threatening levels. The Breathless Corset and the Climate Dress both have sensors that detect and indicate high levels…

Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie

Conway’s Game of Life has been explored before in wearable electronic by Leah Buechley or Elizabeth Fuller, showing random light pattern on dresses or jackets based on the rules of the Game of Life. The starting point of the artificial life form comes in these examples from a random number generated by a micro chip….

Interactive clothing gives goose bumps

No other product we own comes closer to our body, our skin sensory feelings than clothing and no other personal communication is more intimidate than a soft touch that triggers goose bumps or sends a tickle along the spine. Combining both, Lina Saleem, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IZM, designed the Hap.tickle GREETING dress which…

The touch sensitive S-Dress

The S-Dress is another interesting wearable electronic concept design I found recently. Made by Suzan Ereslan for her final project at the Interactive Telecommunications Project at NYU in 2006. Suzan derived the S-Dress name from Estrus, the swelling and reddening of the female genitals to indicate mating readiness to the male of the species. The…

See u in my tee – Social networking T-Shirt

Portuguese Digital Arts student Inês Petiz envisions T-Shirt’s that exchange part of our identity with others having a smart T-Shirt as well. Sounds like MySpace or FaceBook for clothing as we exchange quite a bit of our identity on such platforms by posting on each others wall. Inês ‘See u in my tee‘ project uses…

Breathless corset

Air pollution is one of the headaches that comes with our lifestyle where almost everyone has a car which clog up the air in our cities. At days the pollution is getting so bag it almost suffocates us. A radical wearable electronic concept to assist us in suffocating – or make breathing difficult when the…

Life Dress

Life Dress is a highly interesting wearable electronic design by Elizabeth Fuller, student at NYU’s ITP, and exploring wearable technology, web development and user interface. The dress is formed out of soft silicon tiles containing each an LED. The tiles are electrically and physically connected, creating a dragon skin style dress. Powered by an Arduino,…

Fashionable, color changing flu-masks

Marjan Kooroshnia, textile design student at the Textile & Fashion school of Borås, Sweden send us her interesting work ‘Look different with smart textiles‘ using Thermochromic ink printing to add visual effects to medical masks. The visualization can ‘just’ be for fun, adding pattern changing effects to usually not very appealing medical masks or the…

exChange – networking with eTextiles

Networking is a fix-point of our daily activities. Many of us are members of multiple networking communities to stay in touch with family and friends and to meet new people. Wearable electronic is finding it’s space in the drive to stay connected physically. As clothing is very close to us it is highly suitable to…

Wear your true lifestyle

‘Wear your true lifestyle‘ is a ‘Wearable Senses‘ project from Gordon Tiemstra, student at the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology, with the focus on a combination of teenagers, lifestyle, identity and smart fabrics. Gordon started out by researching the problems teenager encounter with their identity. One of the results of…

Nemo, the experience of pregnancy

Industrial design student Floor Mattheijssen likes to create systems and services around the human body, the body movements and physiology in medical context. Her latest design is a monitoring system for unborn children called NEMO, short for ‘non-invasive electro-physiological monitor for obstetrics‘. NEMO is able to monitor the heart frequency, electrocardiogram of mother and child…

Jakob – social networking accessory for your sofa

For many ‘connected’ people, online social activities are sometimes more intensive than the social interaction with family members living in the same house. To make ‘off-line’ socializing more appealing to the online addicted crowed, Dutch Industrial Design student Paula Kassenaar has a solution to offer called ‘Jakob‘. ‘Jakob’ is a creative addition to the armrest…

Flowtime: wearable electronics for yoga

Wearable electronic is currently on stage at the Dutch Design Week held between Oct 17 and 25 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The wearable electronic concepts are the creation of students participating in the ‘Wearable Senses‘ course at the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology. ‘Wearable Senses’ aims to educate Industrial Design…

Zipper as communication tool

The concept design ‘Measure: How much I miss you!‘ from Kerry Jia Yi Lin is a unique exploration combining soft technologies, commonly known as wearable electronic to create an aesthetic communicative experience for people. ‘Measure: How much I miss you!’ – what a lovely title – is about creating an interactive accessory for people who…

Temperature sensitive, Transitional textiles

Visitors to the Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects SysTex and Proetex will see a highly interesting prototype called ‘Transitional Stripes‘, a technology exploration into color changing textiles. The ‘Transitional Stripes‘ are the result of an AHRC funded project by Robert M Christie, Sarah Taylor and presented…

Feel the beat with the Thumping Thread vest

The Thumping Thread vest, winning entry of University of Michigan‘s ‘Feel the Music‘ competition, is a excellent wearable electronic concept addressing the limitation deaf and hearing-impaired people face when it comes to their musical experiences or the lack of it. ‘Feeling the beat’ will allow deaf or hearing-impaired people to get into the rhythm, feel…

Interactive clothing made in Sweden

Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and FOV Fabrics AB in Borås 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…

Cellphone dress

Georgie Davies, BA student at the London College of Fashion made ‘Fashionable electronic’ headlines last week with the ‘Cellphone dress‘, her winning entry to the Sony Ericsson initiative working with the School of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion to explore the relationship between technology and fashion. Sony Ericsson, like many…

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,…

Interactive clothing – Stress relieve via Facebook

Interactive clothing seems to play a key role when it comes to blur the line between online and offline identities, between the physical and virtual world. Numerous concepts have been developed over the past years, becoming more advanced and more realistic than ever. This is partly because the wearable technology advance rapidly and partly because…

Control your music with your heart(beat)

Music is a great motivator as long as the right tunes accompany the different emotional stages we go throughout the day. One way to synchronize the tunes to our activity is to plan ahead and work out sophisticated playlists. A much simple way would be if the music adjusts to our emotional stage automatically. The…

Virtuality becomes reality – Clickable dress

Nadya Peek, a first year grad student at the MIT Media Lab created a unique interactive dress to close the gap between our presents in the physical and virtual world. Yeah – it’s not the first time technology enhanced clothing is doing just this: merging our ever expanding virtual existence with our physical presents. Having…