SunnyBag – chic solar power for the Business Pro

Sunnybag is a new line of exclusive shoulder bags with integrated, flexible solar panels made by Austrian company Ponsold. The first model available is the ‘Business Pro‘, made of finest dark brown cow-skin leather and includes a 1600mAh Li-Ion battery pack, 2 flexible solar panels with 3 watts of power output, connectors to more than…

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…

Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket with iPod control from Zoo York

Zoo York‘s range of apparel which are inspired by the New York City graffiti art and skateboarding culture jumped on the interactive fashion skateboard trend and released the limited edition, iPod controlling Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket. Featuring the PANiQ eTextile control system from QIO Systems, the Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket comes in black, has waterproof…

Urban Tool – icaseBelt and ihipHolster for iPod and iPhone

Urban Tool, I like that name and their grooveRider shirts, has upgraded it’s famous carry gear for urban professionals with iPod and iPhone controls integrated into a multi functional belt and their trademark hip-holster. Called the ‘icaseBelt‘ and the ‘ihipHolster‘, both products feature Fibretronic‘s CONNECTEDwear controls. No need to take out your devices, change songs,…

Comfy warm ears with the Aerial7 Sound Disk Beanie

Winter is the time when beanies become an essential part of our wardrobe to keep our sensitive ears – and everything between – cozy warm. But covering up the ears makes it a bit cumbersome to use earphones especially the ‘over ear’ type. Beanies with integrated speakers are one option which emerged just a few…

Wearable power – Dancepants

Wearable, limitless power for ‘on the go’ personal deceives is the dream of many. Batteries usually run out at just the wrong moment, in the middle of a phone call, while tweeting or when the motivational music is most needed. A lot of research and experimentation is done to realized this dream but sometimes the…

Body Electronics

Wearable electronic is still in it’s early stage, make the first baby steps into the harsh world of commercialization but visionaries and researchers work already on the next big thing in getting electronics closer to our bodies, actually inside our bodies. Having electronic implants is not new and some people depend their life on it…

Amazing eTextile switch – the Bow

Riccardo posted on his blog on our newly launched talk2myShirt Connection an amazing on/off switch concept for eTextile projects: the ON_OFF Switch Bow. I love this unique idea of translating a mechanical switch to eTextile electronics. Tie a bow like a shoelace and the switch is ‘ON’. Untie the bow and the switch is in…

DIY – iPod control in the handle of a bag

Aniomagic recently introduced the Magic Dock connector for iPod and iPhone control which offers a unique way to integrate remote control functions or the ‘i’ products into all kind of soft, textile based products. To show off the potential of this Magic Dock connector and to inspire the eTextile community, Aniomagic made another little project…

Hard Rock boom bag

Triggered by a question from one of our readers looking for a boom bag, I came across the Mini Boom Box Bag from Hard Rock Cafe. It’s styled like a 1980s ghetto blaster, complete with speakers, controls and a cassette in the tape deck. Simply plug in your iPod or MP3 player and groove to…

Interactive fashion by KILLA

Canadian interactive fashion house KILLA keeps on expanding it’s range of audio apparel with the launch of the ‘Dillinger Varsity‘ jackets for women and men. The Dilliger Varsity is using QIO systems PANiQ eTextile technology which consists of a fabric based control area in the sleeve of the jacket and connects to a range of…

Magical, illuminated evening gown by Lynne Bruning

Lynne Bruning, textile enchantress, award winning fashion designer with love to exclusive wearable art and creator not only of countless, highly interesting eTextile Instructables has published her latest creation of technology enhanced fashion, the ‘Mrs. Mary Atkins-Holl‘ dress, a illuminated evening gown inspired by 19th century fashion but made with 21st century eTextile technology. Inspired…

e-Pressed, relaxation with a smart Shirt

I am truly impressed from e-Pressed, a project made from smart textiles created by a group of smart people: Anja Hertenberger, Barbara Pais, Danielle Roberts. The aim of the e-Pressed project is to communicate negative emotions such as grief, sadness, pain, fear or anger in a new way, a way to create awareness in the…

Super charged backpack

Looks like Columbia Sportswear designed a complete range of technology enhanced outfit for the 2009/10 winter season. First we had the heated boots Bugathermo for men and Snow Hottie for women. Then, Columbia launched the heated jackets Radiance for women and the Refugium Jacket for men to stay comfy warm during outdoor adventures. The latest…

DIY heated clothing

Judging on the many emails we receive from our readers, especially motor bike enthusiasts about heated clothing, this type of clothing is in hot demand, even more so now with cold weather outside. No serious motorbike owner likes to stop riding the bike just because it is cold but everyone feels more comfortable to stay…

GalaxyDress by CuteCircuit

Interactive clothing designer Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, owner of CuteCircuit and creator of the famous HugShirt aim to light up future fashion with the GalaxyDress concept design. The illuminated fabric is made by using thin, 2 x 2 mm LEDs, hand embroider them on a layer of silk with conductive yarn traces for connections….

Wearable Synthesis – let your jacket do the talking

Wearable Synthesis is a project created by Akira Wakita, Motohiro Tanji, Sohei Kitada, Midori Shibutani, Masa Inakage, Hiroko Uchiyama at the Keio University, Japan back in 2005. The concept of ‘Wearable Synthesis’ is based on the perception of clothing as a module which in fact most of our clothing is: layers of different clothing for…

Wearable ROCK

ThinkGeek did it again, integrating a musical instrument into a T-Shirt. First there was the Drum-Shirt and now comes the Guitar-Shirt. A T-Shirt with a fully playable guitar, not a toy that plays pre-canned music. All major chords are recorded from a real electric guitar. A magnetic pick detects your strokes via magnetic induction simulating…

Fashionable, color changing flu-masks

Marjan Kooroshnia, textile design student at the Textile & Fashion school of BorĂ¥s, Sweden send us her interesting work ‘Look different with smart textiles‘ using Thermochromic ink printing to add visual effects to medical masks. The visualization can ‘just’ be for fun, adding pattern changing effects to usually not very appealing medical masks or the…

Fairytale eFashion

Fashion Geek Diana Eng started the Fairytale Fashion project with support of Eyebeam with the aim to make magical clothing. Clothes with blooming flowers, clothes that breathe, change color and transform. Diana’s education and experience as fashion designer and research at the University of Bath Mechanical Engineering Dept. enables her to combine technology with fashion…

DIY – EL wire trimming

Today’s wearable electronic DIY tip comes from Riccardo (Plug and Wear) and shows how to cut and trim EL (Electro Luminescent) wires in the correct way so you won’t have to compromise with standard length EL wires for your textile illumination projects. EL wires require inverters to light up and to connect them to the…

H-bomb, the worlds first heated wetsuit from Rip Curl

It took Rib Curl three years to design, test and optimize the H-bomb heated wetsuit but it finally has arrived. Cold weather will never again be a show stopper for dedicated surfer with this high tech wetsuit. The heating elements are placed at the back and made of carbon fiber configured to allow maximum levels…

Smart Fabrics 2010 conference

The clock started ticking again for the preparations to the 6th Annual Smart Fabrics 2010 conference which will take place from April 14 – 16 in Miami, Florida. Organized by IntertechPira, the Smart Fabrics conference is one of the most important events in the wearable electronic calendar as it combines research, innovation, business and industry….

exChange – networking with eTextiles

Networking is a fix-point of our daily activities. Many of us are members of multiple networking communities to stay in touch with family and friends and to meet new people. Wearable electronic is finding it’s space in the drive to stay connected physically. As clothing is very close to us it is highly suitable to…

The Sound of Textiles – Lumierophone

Two highly creative ladies, Kristina Johansen and Yann Seznec transforming a bed sheet with the help of some eTextile magic into a sound emitting surface called ‘Lumierophone‘. The light sensors and other components are hand sewn to the bed sheet with the synthesizer connected to the LDRs via metal popper buttons eliminating the need to…