DIY e-textiles crafting for beginners with StitchLits

Artist-Researcher-Educator Kate Hartman, currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University teaching courses in soft circuitry and physical computing created a cute little tool box targeted towards novices in e-textile crafting. She made her DIY kit called ‘StichLits‘ available on Etsy which contains everything needed to create a first ‘electrified’ crafting project for clothing,…

Burton Audio Stroll Down Jacket review

We have introduced Burton’s Ronin Audio Stroll Down Jacket back in November as one of the first jackets with integrated sound system enabling you to rave down the hills to your favorite soundtracks but still lets you hear any danger around you as you don’t block your ears with headphones. Brian Lam, editorial Director by…

Wearable Technology on its way into International Cricket

I have to admit I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to Cricket but the following story from the Cricket world got my attention: In a recent move, Cricket Australia slapped a ninety days ban on its fast bowler Aaron Bird on the charge of illegal bowling action. In another move, International cricket council,…

Endura Luminite cycling jacket

Following up on the Illuminated Running Apparel from yesterday which is still at the concept stage, the Endura Luminite 2009 cycling jacket is maybe not as sexy as the NR4 but ready for the action if you are into cycling. Cyclists have similar safety issues in low light condition as runners – they are easily…

Illuminated Running Apparel

Designer Jeffrey S. Engelhardt created an extraordinary cool looking illuminated clothing especially for the safety needs of runners which are in great danger of being hit by cars during low light conditions. Using Electro Luminescent (EL) wires for a soft, flexible integration into the clothing will ensure great wearing comfort. The rechargeable battery for the…

Book preview – Smart clothes and wearable technology

Our first wearable electronic book introduction for 2009 is: Smart clothes and wearable technology, ready for pre-order now and becomes available end of this week. Smart clothes and wearable technology is a collaboration between J. McCann from University of Wales Newport and D. Bryson from University of Derby, UK. The authors investigate in four parts…

Equalizer T-Shirt hacking

Instructables member Mikey Berman points out that Equalizer T-Shirt come with rather simple, underpowered microphones which are usually inside the box that hold also the batteries. This little box is inside pocket on the T-Shirt making it quite insensitive to pick up all sounds around. Those EQ T-Shirts have also no provision to connect an…

Sense and sensibility of Solar charging bags and clothing

During the past few days, portable solar charging for cell-phones have made the news rounds as a couple of cell-phones with solar panels on one side have been introduced during last weekends MWC (Mobile Wireless Congress) in Spain. While the idea to make self charging, power grid independent devices is highly appreciative, the sensibility of…

Smart Fabrics conference 2009 is around the corner

The 5th Smart Fabrics conference is just around the corner, taking place between March 10-12 at the Holiday Inn Rome West Hotel in Rome, Italy. IntertechPira established with the annual Smart Fabrics conference a strong basis for the wearable electronic community back in 2005 which is expending every year since then. One can observe a…

Wearable Friend Finder

New Media students at the University of Maine developed a Wearable Friend Finder that brings the match making, friend(ster) finding out of the internet and onto the streets. In their last semester’s interactive Web development class the students created the electronic Friend Finder, a wearable device designed to help people make a personal connection and…

iPod ready Backpack by Wed’ze

Wed’ze has next to the gorgeous looking Ride and Jump snow boarding jacket with integrated iPod controls another top-gear for snowboarders that allows the easy control of the iPod during the action ride. The FR 9 Backpack SBS Audio is a top quality and top looking backpack which connects to any iPod to keep it…

Interactive Fashion collection from Angel Chang

New York-based fashion designer Angel Chang continued her interactive fashion exploration by adding more technology inspired styles to her autumn 2008 collection. After graduation Angel Chang started working as a design assistant at Donna Karan Collection and collaborated in the design studios of Viktor & Rolf and Marc Jacobs before she launched her own design…

DIY – conductive thread

Conductive thread is one of the key elements for e-textile crafting but it seems sometimes difficult for people to get their hands on commercially available conductive thread. This Instructables might be a good starting point to get aspiring e-textile crafters started. For the thread material only two ingredient’s are needed: fine cotton thread and very…

Chameleon fashion

One of the dreams of many fashionista’s is to change the outfit or at least the color of it without changing clothes. The reason for doing this can be: having a bit of fun by changing, like chameleons, the color in response to the surroundings or for a quick adjustment of the color coordination of…

Heated garments made from recycled carbon fiber

Hong Kong based Pensonic Technology has developed in close collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Hong Kong University a line of heated garments ranging from jackets and vests for street wear and motorcyclist,  gloves and more. The uniqueness of Pensonic’s ‘Volcanic Heat range‘ is the use of recycled carbon fibers giving them a second…

Upgrade your Purse

We have covered quite a few purses and bags lighting-up the inside when opened to make it easier in finding all the little but important things inside, especially during night time. Alison Lewis editor & producer of Switch, a blog about innovative design, fashion and topics from a female perspective, shows how to make a…

Soft Circuit Workshop

For inspiring e-textile designer and DIY enthusiasts: Feb. 22. should be marked in your calender that is – if you live in or around LA. Syuzi Pakhchyan will unleash her creativity in Soft Circuit design during the ‘Soft Circuit Workshop‘ The first half of the workshop will give an overview of different conductive textiles and…

Fashionable heated ProGression jacket

Winter is not over yet and the cold is still biting people for a while that’s why looking around for additional sources of warmth might be a good idea. Heated clothing, a hot item this winter season where many brands launched their latest designs has been joined by Miles Fashion from Germany. Their new ProGression®…

e-Textile Lego: bYOB

A team of very creative people developed back in 2004 a kind of e-Textile Lego: the bYOB (build Your Own Bag) concept which essentially consists of a set of intelligent fabric patches that can be combined to form different bags or other fashion accessories. The different, smart fabric patches contain different functions like different Lego…

Jansport Dreamer Livewire BT Backpack

The Dreamer Livewire BT backpack is a cool bag for school, office or day trips and most importantly: it works nicely together with iPod and Bluetooth cell-phones giving you easy access to both devices while keeping them safely inside the bags compartments. Jansport has launched a large selection of interactive bags over the past years,…

Zegna Freeway JKT

Zegna‘s Spring/Summer 2009 Sport collection fuses sport inspired design with urban style and technological innovations. Innovative design and performances are the DNA to the Zegna Sport ethos which has seen in the past seasons gorgeous looking jackets with iPod and Bluetooth controls or Solar panels in the collar to get some extra juice for cell-phones….

Eco-friendly, solar charging bags

Echarger, a small UK based company is offering a nice range of solar charging bags for every occasion ranging from business bags, messenger to back bags and pouches, all equipped with a solar energy converting module. Although Echarger is using the sort of stiff solar panels which I am not particularly exited about as they…

Can interactive clothing reduce cell-phone or iPod robberies?

‘More straphangers are getting robbed‘ is the headline of a recent article in the Metro, a free daily newspaper many of our readers in NY, Boston and Philadelphia will read while riding the train. ‘Straphanger’, according Wikipedia, is a nickname for a standing subway or bus passenger who grips a hanging strap or an overhead…