Light animated suit controlled via iPhone and WiFi

Marc, a engineer and software guru from Miami created an amazing, light animated suit that will be for sure the highlight of every party you show up with it. His iPhone Controlled LED Suit can serve as yardstick and inspiration for everyone who plans to create interactive fashion with outstanding light effects. Marc sewed LED…

DIY – Light Up Cycling Jersey

Riding a bicycle by night, especially in areas with street lights far apart requires good lighting on the bike. To increase the visibility and with it the safety of bikers, illumination of a bikers clothing is a wise choice only – there are very few commercial products on the market. Most biking enthusiasts know first…

DIY – dynamic EL wire graphic for T-Shirts

We have seen many examples of Electroluminescent (EL) wires used to decorate clothing or bags by simply having some strings placed as contour and a light up in a flashing pattern. Cute at times but not very stylish most of the times. Not so the design as shown above which is from the latest issue…

DIY – Fabric Display

Fabric Light-Bright is an amazing textile display project from Eli Skipp of Pumping Station One, a first class hacking community in Chicago. I have never seen before such a simple yet highly unique eTextile design. Simple in it’s functionality as described by Eli but highly expendable and wide open for upgrading to more complex functionality….

DIY – illuminated textiles

Lynne Bruning expanded her DIY eTextile portfolio on Instructables with the ‘flexible LED eTextile ribbon array‘ project showing how to create a textile illumination layer in grid form which is light weight and highly flexible, making it ideal to integrate in garments with light up effects. The basic concept is to form a array with…

DIY – Weaving circuits with LEDs

Instructables member Lynne Bruning has published quite a nice selection of inspiring e-textile projects providing a source of techniques for aspiring interactive fashion designer. Weaving circuits with LEDs is another example of her creative skills showing a way how to use weaving technique and feeding e-textile LEDs into the weave to create a very reliable…

Wearable Electronic DIY project: Jacket thermometer

We have done a lot of coverage on heated apparels but how do we know how cold/warm is it inside our jacket? To find out the temperature inside a jacket we could use an ‘old fashion thermometer’ or we can follow this DIY instruction to build a cool Jacket Thermometer indicating the temperature via different…

DIY – Bicycle Speed Vest

Bicycle gear does get a lot of creative attention from the wearable electronic community as the Bicycle SPEED-VEST is another example to combine visibility with a touch of fun or practicality, depending on how you want to see it. Visibility while riding a bike in low visibility condition is one of the most important features…

DIY textile display – Embroidered LED matrix

Another amazing way on how to ‘soften electronic’ or should I say ‘electrify textiles’ has been worked out by Leah Buechley, an Embroidered LED matrix providing a soft display for your next outfit. Leah’s ‘proof of concept’ demonstrates how to create a textile display by using both sides of a fabric to realize a 2…

DIY wearable electronic – LED Pants

A wearable electronic DIY guide from Instructables user Louise Johnson demonstrates how to make LED-Pants that have a row of LEDs on the side of the pants legs. I guess such type of e-textile upgrade of regular pants is for stage performances or hot parties. Whatever the motivation of Louise was, his instructions are very…

Daft Punk with Enlightened Robot suits

Enlighted, the company that lights up many clothing items posted a DIY instruction showing how you can enlighten your clothing as well. A red robot suit made by Enlighted for Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 tour attracted a huge interest from Draft Punk fans and others who have seen the Alive show. This interest motivated Enlighten…

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…

Cycling Jacket from Leah Buechley shows direction of Wearable Electronic

Leah Buechley the Innovator and Creator of the most advanced e-textile kit, the LilyPad Arduino, keeps on surprising the world with new ideas fusing electronic and clothing. Her latest work a turn signal biking jacket is an excellent example how e-textiles can add high value to ‘conventional’ clothing. Safety and visibility while cycling in low…