Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We hope you enjoyed reading talk2myShirt over the past year, the products we have posted about, the news we reported about and the creative projects presented from visionaries, students and DIY enthusiasts. We thank you for visiting our blog, for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year. Your feedback and…

Interactive Bag design – Fabrication Bag

Thermo-chromic ink for screen-printing on textiles combined with conductive yarn on the backside to control the color change of the thermo-chromic print is a technique that paints – literally – dynamic pattern changes onto textiles. Linda Worbin, doctoral candidate in Textiles and Interaction Design at the Swedish School of Textiles has explored over the past…

Quiksilver Last Mission Jacket – interactive winter fashion

Quiksilver launched their second interactive winter fashion line with the Last Mission Jacket that incorporate Fibretronic‘s CONNECTED-wear technology allowing to add any of the growing number of modules to control MP3 players, advanced iPod control or Bluetooth phones. The Last Mission Jacket comes with the CONNECTED-wear AC2 Volume Controller Module and are compatible with any…

DIY – Textile battery holder

Aniomagic, creator of many cute e-textile components seems has taken up my remark in one of my posts about the cute little battery holder and included into their online store for e-textile DIY enthusiasts. Unlike the other components Aniomagic is selling on their online store, the cute battery holders need to be assembled by yourself…

O’Neill Highway 1 iPod Backpack

O’Neill‘s H-Division products for the 2008/09 season have been designed to incorporate your iPod into their design. The Highway 1 iPod Backpack is a cool looking, rugged backpack that will easily carry of the essentials you need to have with you when you’re crossing the snow fields or just catching the bus to University. With…

Communication Apparel

New York based interaction designer Alis Cambol uses technology enhanced clothing for non-verbal communication habits simulating communication forms used by animals. Her thesis work at Parson’s, called the Communication Apparel explores the possibilities of communicating with and through clothing. We do use clothing for a very long time to make non-vebal communication, be it via…

iGlove technology – PlayPoint

Keeping warm fingers while outdoors during the frosty winter days requires often to wear gloves. But old fashion gloves turn out to be a problem for gadget welding folks: any and every touch surface operated device like the iPod Touch or the iPhone to name the most prominent ones can not be operated with gloved…

Timeless Solar power – Fusion Canvas Messenger Bag

Eclipse Solar Gear recently spiced up their solar bag collection with the Fusion Canvas Messenger Bag featuring a light-weight, flexible, integrated solar charging module in the front flab of the bag. Using a common 12V automotive charging adapter (car cigarette lighter) allows the connection and charging of many different brands of personal gadgets which have…

Interactive maternity clothing – Kickbee

Expectant father Corey Menscher attracted quite some interest with his recently project called Kickbee to connect to his unborn baby during the pregnancy of his wife. The Kickbee is a wearable device made of a stretchable band and embedded electronics and sensors. Piezo sensors are attached directly to the band, and transmit small but detectable…

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…

Sharper Image Sound Bag

Sharper Image made headlines earlier this year by announcing the closure of their stores and reinvent them as a ‘brand’ rather than a retailer, leveraging the familiarity of its name to market products via retail partners. One of their first products is the SoundBag, a top-of-the-line backpack ‘designed to transform the listening experience for commuters,…

Christmas bargain – iPod Power Jacket for women

Finding these days full with financial uncertainties a good bargain is highly welcome especially with the gift giving days ahead of us. Right in time I found this fabulous looking iPod Power Jacket from JanSport for an even more fabulous low price of just $44.97 available in six colors via this online store. For this…

Living textiles – Tornado Dress

Taking the theme of Nebraska storm-chaser Mike Hollingshead to print one of his dynamic Tornado photos on a dress’ fabric, spice it up with e-textile magic and you get a gorgeous looking, interactive Tornado Dress. Created by subTela studio, the Tornado Dress’ lining has been embroidered with conductive threads and electronic components including super-bright white…

Explore Playlist iPod Jacket

‘Made for the iPod’ and ‘works with iPhone’, O’Neill‘s H-Division Explore Playlist iPod Jacket will be the hit this winter. Cool cut with stylish look, O’Neill did a bit of a re-design of the otherwise always straight line of iPod controls in interactive jackets. The O’Neill Explore Playlist has a number of features in it’s…

Solar Buddy from Sakku

Heated clothing is a hot item in our coverage at the moment especially helpful in the northern parts of the world but we should not forget another hot item – solar charging bags – useful and practical in the warmer regions of the world and of course useful as well during sunny winter times as…

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…

Heated Glove Liners with a twist

Heating apparel have seen a big boost over the past 2-3 years with every year more companies come up with new solutions to take out the pain felt when outdoors for prolonged time in cold weather. e-Textile advancements in this field enable clothing designer to integrate heating elements in textiles making them un-feelable and invisible…

Sew your own wearable musical interface

The event ‘diy* —  Art and Technology Festival‘ read: ‘do it together, the culture of collaborative art-making’ will host a workshop on Electronic Textiles to develop wearable musical interfaces. Hannah Perner­ Wilson and Mika Satomi will introduce workshop participants into the magic of e-textiles and the DIY concept of wearable technology. Starting point for the workshop is to take…

Fashionable heating jackets from Polartec

Heated clothing is hot in demand this time of the year but so far, heated clothing could not be really classified as fashionable, okay looking but fashion and fit was second to function = keeping warm. Polartec® is putting the fashion element of heated clothing on an equal level with function. Their newest line of…

Interactive Fashion from Korea

Korean fashion designer Kim Jin Hyung created a line of interactive clothing especially for women. Up to now most of the ready-to-wear interactive fashion designs have been targeted towards the male audience with some styles ‘transformed’ to women’s styles with rather simple cuts. Kim Jin Hyung designed specifically for women’s body form, aesthetically, sexy with…

Mysterious sparkle for your Table – LumiTable

As the daylight hours are getting fewer it might be a good idea to bring some additional sparkle into the festive time of the year into your living room. An expert is spicing sparkling up our outfit and living room is LumiGram which has brought sparkling tops, coats and jackets, cushion covers and even table…