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…

What’s in your bag?

Asking: “What is in your Bag?” seems to be a trend judging on the many blogs that have this line as topic. For us the answer is: Solar Power and other other stuff of course. Having solar power in the bag is fairly easy nowadays. You can either make a solar bag yourself or get…

Music and Sons BLACK-eco T-Shirt reviewed

After posting iWear my iPod in Style, I just couldn’t hold back my credit card and ordered the cool looking BLACK-eco for myself. iNeeded to experience Music and Sons T-Shirts myself, first hand. A few days later, the BLACK-eco arrived and I could finally get my hands on it. The BAMBOO fabric feels very good…

Make your own Solar Bag – part two

Today you will make your own Solar Bag complete with the guidelines for the electronic part of our project. A few words to the design: The following electronic concept is based on the DIY instruction from Popular Science but we added a diode which is recommended by our Solar panel supplier Sundance Solar. The diode…

Make your own Solar Bag – part one

A few days ago we started writing about our DIY Solar Bag and today we start to show you how to make your own solar Bag ‘the easy way’. Part one is about the integration of a solar panel in a bag. What you will need for this part of the project: A bag. Either…

Back-to-School with Skullcandy Link packs

Skullcandy is a hip company for the skate boarding youngsters and their backpacks are as hip as their customers. Skullcandy’s backpacks with Link technology are one of the coolest packs on the streets. The latest model in their range is the Link Fashion Pack a compact day pack that features an expandable pocket opening for…

Fashion meets Technology on IFA 2007

Fashion meets Technology again during IFA 2007 between Aug 31 and Sept 5 in Berlin/Germany. IFA is the world largest Consumer Electronic Show and Wearable Electronic will have a strong presents during this event. The Smart Textiles Interessengemeinschaft, a community that represents the interests of producers and developers from the application fields of fashion, sports,…

DIY Solar bag

talk2myShirt has formally entered the DIY community by making our very own version of a Solar Bag. It was easy for us to pick our first DIY candidate. Catching solar energy with a bag to power iPod and Co. became very popular this year. Our DIY instruction guideline will not only give you the technical…

Solar and iPod Bags – the hottest trend in 2007

As regular reader of our Blog, you are well informed about the hottest trend in 2007: Solar and iPod bags. The Washington Post‘s article from yesterday’s edition: Let Your Gadgets Soak Up the Sun features ‘… a new generation of photovoltaic gadgets employs the sun’s rays to power iPods, cellphones and more.‘ The top of…

Cool cycling jacket has built-in light indicators

This cycling jacket with built-in light indicators is the coolest integration of technology into a jacket I have seen for a long time. It’s not only cool, it is practical and can be life saving. In many cities around the world, cyclists are second class users on the streets. No infrastructure that supports cyclists to…

Solar Messenger Bag: back-to-school promotion

Office Depot Inc is promoting the Messenger Solar Charing Bag as one of the top picks for back-to-school, and featuring them prominently on displays near the entrance of stores. The bag is a model from Voltaic designed to charge your devices without tying you to a power outlet. The bag can plug into cell-phones, MP3…

Burton Audex iPod AMP Backpack

The Audex iPod AMP Backpack is the latest model in Burton‘s lineup of Wearable Electronic gear. Burton was the first company that integrated a remote control function for audio player into backpacks and the first company with an iPod ready backpack commercially available. This cool looking Audex iPod AMP Backpack does not only carry your…

e-textiles on IFAI Expo 2007

Wearable Electronic takes center stage during the upcoming IFAI Expo 2007 from Oct. 3-5, 2007, in Las Vegas, USA. IFAI stands for Industrial Fabrics Association International and is the most important textile industry event of 2007. Especially interesting for us is the E-Textiles symposium which is part of IFAI. This symposium will have prominent speakers…

How Wearable Electronic should not be (made)

Here is an example of how Wearable Electronic products should not be made. The item in question is a Solar Backpack the online computer and peripherals shop Computer Supermarket from UK has added to their offerings. This backpack is made by Nanomars, a Taiwan based company that makes consumer electronic products and computer peripherals. Backpacks…

Romantic with Wearable Electronic

Barbara Layne from Studio subTela designed the Jacket Antics, a Wearable Electronic concept that addresses the sensual part of our life, the softness of textiles, the love and romantic dreams. Barbara has developed a pair of his-and-hers jackets that use embedded LEDs on the back to send messages using scrolling words. The clothing senses when…

Back-to-School with Cool Wearable Electronic stuff

Wearable Electronic products become an option when considering replacing or upgrading your wardrobe and outfit. Our recommendations for Back-to-School cool stuff is a list of items that are available for that cool and motivational upgrade for the coming School year. A bag is the most essential gear you need in your student life – and…

Zegna Bluetooth iJacket

Zegna added a third model to their 2007/08 Wearable Electronic collection, the Bluetooth iJacket. A multi-functional jacket that keeps you in constant touch with your cellphone, even when listening to music and allows you to control both, the phone and the iPod thanks to the Eleksen controls on the sleeve. The integration of the controls…

LED bracelets from Leah Buechley

The nice and chic looking LED Bracelet from Leah Buechley is a concept I liked from the first day I have seen it on her site. The latest version of her LED Bracelet was also part of the efashion show during the UnRavel event this week. Leah created the first version of the LED Bracelet…

Wearable Bluetooth Module from Fibretronic

Fibretronic introduced its latest innovation in wearable electronic accessories the Wearable Bluetooth module at Avantex 2007 in June and is now commercially available. The BT-MOD, as it is called, is a self-contained soft module for the hands-free operation of cellphones. The wearable Bluetooth module incorporates a speaker, a microphone, call answer/hang-up button, speaker volume controls…

O’Neill H4 Campack with built-in media player

A few days ago we had in our business review the announcement of O’Neill Europe about the launch of the H4 Campack which is part of the 4th generation Wearable Electronics line for the Autumn/Winter season 2007/08. The H4 Campack is designed to be used as a fully functional snowboard backpack with the addition of…

UnRavel – efashion show as part of SIGGRAPH 2007

SIGGRAPH is the focal point for everyone involved in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professionals from six continents come together in San Diego, California from August 5-9, for the industry’s most respected technical and creative programs focusing on fashion, research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity and education. For us the most interesting part is ‘UnRavel‘,…

V-Dimension, the new dimension for Solar Bags

V-Dimension, a California based company joined the fast growing segment of solar power bags by introducing a revolutionary new line of bags. Their patent bending system can charge any cell phone, iPod/iPhone or PDA using sunlight and even works with room light thanks to the use of a new anti-reflective coated mono crystalline silicon solar…

Sophisticated cool look with the new Zegna iJacket

Zegna has more than the Leather iJacket in their Wearable Electronic Fashion collection. Looking a bit around in their online store, I found another item in Zegna’s Signature Looks section, the new iJacket. The design and functionality is distinctive in the new iJacket where sporting and technology are fused together. The iJacket is made of…

Leather iJACKET from Zegna

We got a tip from one of our dear readers that Ermenegildo Zegna started selling the cool looking Leather iJACKET. I have seen a sample of the Leather iJacket back in June during the Avantex and I was instantly hooked to that Jacket. Made of soft Nappa leather in a washed vintage look, it has…

Solar power bags around the world

Traveling around the world – virtually on the Internet – I came across a solar power bag from South Africa. Gwiz, a online shop from South Africa offers a power station in computer bag form, the FlexoPower Flex Top. The solar panel of this bag operates between 4.2V – 24V by 80W. That is lot…

Interactive, electronic Textiles from Maggie Orth

Maggie Orth is an artist, technologist, entrepreneur who creates and invents interactive and electronic textiles. She is considered a pioneer in the emerging field of electronic textiles, interactive fashions, wearable computing, and interface design. Maggie uses electronic textiles to create programmable color change textile art works, soft and fuzzy textile sensors and light artworks, electronic…