Feel the nature – Wearable Forest

Wearable Forest, created by Ryoko Ueoka, Hiroki Kobayashi and Michitaka Hirose from the University of Tokyo, a dress that interacts bio-acoustically with a remote forest. The dress interacts with the distant wildlife that could be at any place in the world through a wireless link to the internet streaming real time sounds to the dress….

Save the planet and money with Solar bags from Noon

Noon is offering a great saving opportunity for environmental conscious fashionistas by giving a 20% discount on their gorgeous looking solar energy harvesting bag and tote collection. Reducing the carbon footprint even if it is a baby foot (print) can make a big difference. One solar charging bag will not save the planet but if…

Smart Fabrics conference 2009

IntertechPira announced the dates for its 5th Smart Fabrics conference taking place at the Holiday Inn Rome West hotel in Rome on 10 -12 March 2009. Positioned as a flagship conference in the wearable electronic industry, Smart Fabrics conference visitors can expect again highly interesting presentations from the biggest players in the industry, including Philips…

Luxury iPod jacket from UK – Plutonic by Henleys

The stylish Plutonic iPod Jacket by UK retro clothing brand Henleys adds sophisticated style to the interactive clothing segment. Designed in black pinstripe, the Project Deluxe men’s technical hooded jacket – yeah it’s a awful long, technical sounding name for a classy jacket – has soft touch iPod controls from Fibretronic in the sleeve allowing…

Good and Bad design for illuminated clothing and bags

Integrating illumination / light into clothing or bags become popular judging on the many commercial and concept designs introduced throughout the past year. Light elements in clothing give an additional style dimension, a more dynamic look to the gem stone and glitter dust we have on our clothing for a long time to add sparkle…

DIY – Soft Circuit Embroidery

Last weekend we pointed you to a simple DIY electronic embroidery project demonstrating how easy it can be to create a cute, unique piece of embroidery with sparkling elements. This weekend we introduce you to a more advanced electronic embroidery project from Becky Stern using the LilyPad Arduino which allows highly sophisticated interactivity with your…

TapTap – Haptic cyber clothing

Orit Zuckerman created back in 2005 the TapTap scarf, a wearable haptic system that allows nurturing human touch to be recorded, broadcast and played back for emotional therapy. Unlike the Hug Shirt from CuteCircuit which transmits hugs send over cell-phone networks from far away, the TapTap concept records taps or hugs of your partner or…

O’Neill Audio apparel 2008/09

O’Neill, leading brand in the wearable electronic sport and outdoor apparel segment has introduced a ‘worlds first’, ready-to-wear active audio fashion line for the autumn/winter season 2008/09. The new Audio Hooded Top for women and the Audio Hoody Sweat for men come with an integrated audio system. The practicality is obvious: listening to music all…

Carbon Fiber Heated Jacket

Feeling already the cold? Winter is just around the corner so we prepared another hot tip to stay warm while outdoors. The relatively new material of carbon fibers specially treated to make them electrically conductive with high resistance level and woven to textiles, creating heat generating fabrics allow apparel designer to create slim, invisible integration…

Interactive, illuminated sofa

I wonder what it may take to get all the fantastic ideas created around ‘living’ materials into consumer products. Here is an example I found on the www from designer Danielle Sobik, a couch that interacts with people by creating dynamic patterns depending on who is sitting on it and how people sit (together) on…

Luminescent Raincoat lights up the rainy days

Rainy days are usually grey days and if the rain stays for too long, the grey reflects on our mood as well. Late autumn is such a typical time of the year where grey and rain are often dominant. To bring some colorful light into rainy days check out Puddlejumper, a concept from Elise Co,…

DIY electronic embroidery – Frog catching firefly

The cute little DIY e-Embroidery project from Becky Stern the ‘Frog catches firefly’ is a very simple way to get craft enthusiasts exploring the e-textile world. The materials needed are simple: 2 LEDs, a switch, a coin cell battery and battery holder which is designed in a way to have holes to sew it onto…

Fashionable sound – Burton Ronin Audio Stroll Down Jacket

Burton has a long tradition in fusing technology with textiles by launching the first commercially available backpack with integrated remote control (designed for Sony’s MD player) back in 2002, a revolutionary new concept at that time. For the winter 2008/09 season, Burton is pushing the boundaries of interactive fashion again by launching the Ronin Audio…

Hugs send from my pillow

Fitting pillows with technology goes back to 2001 as far as I could find out when Annie Lovejoy made an ‘exploration of emergent and redundant technologies, the proliferation of components / hardware and data which is intricately embroidered in a tapestry of systems’ resulting in the first interactive pillow concept. Since then we have seen…

Beat the credit crunch with the iBlaze

Our contribution to beat the current money shortage is to be on constant lookout for great bargains in the interactive fashion store enabling you to cheer yourself or others up with a unique present. A hot tip is the iBlaze, a gorgeous looking backpack that has been made around an iPod – not for the…

Autograph Long Sleeve Jacket for iPod

Marks & Spencer extends their interactive fashion collection with the launch of the Long Sleeve Jacket for iPod under their premium sub-brand of modern, sophisticated designer clothing ‘Autograph’. Using Fibretronic’s iPod control ‘Fiddler’ which can be discretely incorporated into the design yet being easily accessible for a quick change of tunes or volume adjustment, this…

O’Neill H-Division Campack wearable action recorder

O’Neill’s wearable electronic group ‘H-Division’ has done a cosmetic as well as an optical system make-over of their successful Campack which was introduced last season. Social online networks attracting ever more folks around the globe and photo/video sharing is a core element of most of those sites. The Campack provides the ideal tool to link…

DIY wearable electronic: multilayer e-textile circuit board

Instructables member Lynne Bruning has been very busy the last 2 days designing unique concepts on how to ‘hide’ or integrate conductive thread into needle work materials like wool, fusible fibers, fabric tubes and fabric patches fused together. You have to check out all of them as they are very inspirational and as Lynne states…

A sound iHome for the iPod

iHome, one of the leading iPod accessories companies in North America, has a diverse range of speaker cases primarily for the iPod generation but some work with any portable audio player with similar or smaller size. The idea is simple: give protection against scratches, moister and dirt to the iPod while on the road in…

Smart clothing – Summit Wired IQ apparel

Many people use music for motivation and relaxation during fitness and sports activities and many I know struggle with the earphone cord as it comes much too often in the way, removing the earphones rather suddenly and sometimes painfully from the ears. Summit Wired, a young, innovative apparel company that engages in merging smart design,…

E-Bag cools your drink while walking

It might not be the most desirable product at the begin of the winter season when we think more about keeping warm but the E-Bag concept from Hungarian designer Apor Püspöki is too cool to pass over without mentioning. The E-Bag has an integrated cooling system which is driven by a rotating handle attached to…

Paper electronic

Textile electronic hasn’t left it’s infancy state yet but there is already another electronic revolution on the horizon in form of Paper electronic. Leah Buechley who is one of the main driving sources in the e-textile innovation not least with her creation of the LilyPad system has reached out to paper substrate. Adapting the LilyPad…

New DIY wearable electronic modules from Studio 5050

Studio 5050, a creative collective in the wearable electronic space, is preparing the launch of a set of e-textile modules which can help DIY enthusiasts, designer and students to work on their interactive fashion without the need of spending too much time on electronic development. During the past few years, Studio 5050 developed remarkable interactive…

NavJacket – GPS Jacket navigation for winter sports

O’Neill prepares to launch the NavJacket for the winter season 2008/09. Introduced end of last year, this ground breaking intelligent jacket proofs once again the innovative leadership of O’Neill’s H-Division team in the wearable electronic market. The final version of the NavJacket has a slightly different arm display than the prototype seen before, a more…