DIY eTextiles – Light Up Leggings

Good news for the DIY wearable electronic community: the Soft Circuit Contest by Instructables has extended it’s submission deadline giving you another week to post your textile project. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a Salt n’ Peanut soft circuit kit from Soft-Circuit.com and an Instructables prize pack including…

DIY eTextile projects from Kobakant

Kobakant, the joined DIY Wearable Technology Documentation project from Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi keeps adding interesting must-read information for anyone interested into eTextile technology and design. It’s one of my habits to check out this site on a regular basis (it’s easy via a news reader) to make sure I do not miss any…

Amazing eTextile switch – the Bow

Riccardo posted on his blog on our newly launched talk2myShirt Connection an amazing on/off switch concept for eTextile projects: the ON_OFF Switch Bow. I love this unique idea of translating a mechanical switch to eTextile electronics. Tie a bow like a shoelace and the switch is ‘ON’. Untie the bow and the switch is in…

DIY – iPod control in the handle of a bag

Aniomagic recently introduced the Magic Dock connector for iPod and iPhone control which offers a unique way to integrate remote control functions or the ‘i’ products into all kind of soft, textile based products. To show off the potential of this Magic Dock connector and to inspire the eTextile community, Aniomagic made another little project…

My Sew EZ Touch kit available

A short update on the ‘My Sew EZ Touch kit‘ we have posted about a few days ago: the kit from RNK Distributing comes complete with a standard 6-button PANiQ Wearable User Interface and a PANiQ Controller for iPod and is available now via the PANiQ online shop for $79.99 Full instructions and embroidery designs…

e-textile DIY – pressure sensor matrix

Hyper active e-textile DIY instruction creator Hannah Perner-Wilson aka Intructables user Plusea posted another simple to follow but highly interesting and useful project, the Pressure Sensor Matrix. As her many other e-textile DIY instructions, the materials used are relatively easy to get, in this project an Arduino is needed to process the signals coming from…

DIY – remote controls with a soft touch

The background story of the first e-textile DIY project the ‘Senior Remote‘ is as lovely as the project itself of transforming a hard plastic TV remote control into a cute soft remote control. Intructables user ‘unknownuser2007‘ wanted to make life easier for mom to navigate her TV as she does get confused with the countless…

Inspirational DIY e-textile sewing – wearable musical interfaces

This Saturday Zurich / Switzerland will see Hannah Perner Wilson and Mika Satomi unfolding their experience in creating interactive clothing during the workshop ‘Sew your own wearable musical interface’  which is part of the event ‘diy* —  Art and Technology Festival‘ . As appetizer for workshop participants Hannah and Mika published the project details of this workshop on…

Wearable Electronic DIY project: TV-B-GoneHoodie

Using zipper as a switch in e-Textile projects always catches my attention as zippers offer many possibility to interact in the most simplest way with the wearer – zippers are used since … like forever. An example of the simplicity of a zipper switch is Rebecca Stern‘s latest project, the TV-B-GoneHoodie. She uses a sweatshirt…

DIY – fabric bend sensor

Instructables member Plusea (Hannah Perner-Wilson) keeps on adding very inspirational wearable electronic DIY projects to her portfolio. Last time we have posted about a simple but very effective Flexible Fabric Pressure Sensor. This time we have a short overview of the Fabric Bend Sensor which can be of creative use in many different interactive fashion…

DIY – Flexible Fabric Pressure Sensor

Instructables member Plusea aka Hannah Perner-Wilson posted a new version of a DIY Flexible Fabric Pressure Sensor. The detailed step-by-step instruction shows how to make a flexible fabric pressure sensor with simple materials. It mentions two different variations, depending on your needs either for stretchy or non-stretchy fabric. The materials for the DIY sensor are…

ElekTex sensor for Designer, Students and DIY

Great news for all Wearable Electronic DIY enthusiasts, Students and their Professors and Fashion Designer. Eleksen offers now next to the Evaluation Kit the ElekTex keypads and the electronics module for iPod control. This is music in our ears. Finally, everyone interested in experiencing the often mentioned fabric keyboard can now use them to realize…

Get creative with the Eleksen fabric keyboard Evaluation-Kit

Eleksen launched their Evaluation Kit targeted towards designers, academics, and journalists to get a first-hand experience with ElekTex® technology. The ElekTex evaluation kit is designed to explore the interface design for interactive soft goods products, including consumer and industrial apparel and accessories. The Evaluation Kit enables users to experience and learn how to program smart…

Soft touch for your home

Because Wearable Electronic is mainly about merging textiles with electronic and because textiles are the most common material we human beings are in contact with every day in many different forms and situations. Therefore, it is no wonder that sooner or later other products that are not on our bodies but made of textiles, using…

DIY Wearable Electronic – Textile Switch

Whatever electrical function we want to integrate in our clothing, it has to have at least one switch, to switch this function on and off. To make an electrical textile switch is easier than you might think, especially by following the instructions worked out by Leah Buechley. Based on the idea and DIY instruction from…