Neighbourhoodie – the coolest gaming accessory for iPhone and iPod touch

I am always fascinated by innovative design concepts that merge our virtual existence with the physical space in which we live, especially if it includes technology enhanced clothing. A team of designer formed at the Canadian Film Centre, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program, Kathleen Climie, Rose Bianchini and David McCallum created the ‘Neighbourhoodie’, a hoodie…

Wearable electronic guardian angels

Thanks to constantly advancements in medical health care and our general knowledge about healthy lifestyle the percentage of older people increases rapidly around the world. This group of people is in need of new types of products that do mostly not yet exist. One of these areas of need is particularly interesting for wearable technologies:…

Simple and practical: T-Shirt as headphone cord extension

Simple ideas with great impact, does not everyone wish to have such products? Just use them, have them at our disposal all time and if we use them it feels great. Most people get into a defensive mode when I talk about wearable technology as this is still somewhat provocative to imagine having a bit…

Bio Circuit, a wearable sound escape

The Bio Circuit vest is a interesting concept design created by two students at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Dana Ramler and Holly Schmidt. Bio Circuit provides a sound (e)scape in sync with the biological state of the wearer. As parameter of the biological state serves the heart rate which is slower…

Textile illumination – Delight Cloth

Based on the feedback we receive on talk2myShirt and my personal experience, illuminated textiles, be it for clothing or interior design, never fails to trigger instant, highly emotionally charged reactions from everyone around when seeing textile objects suddenly light up, changing their color. I am not talking about blinking, cheaply made decals, I am referring…

Sessile – twinkling starlight handbag

Grace Kim, a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, currently working as Interaction Designer for Yahoo! created a beautiful handbag with sensibly stylish light  animation, the Sessile Handbag. The center stage is once again the LilyPad Arduino, a must have standard part for most if not all eTextile and soft technology designer. A…

Balancing vest

Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) developed a vest containing accelerometers across the shoulders and pneumatic balloon actuators to provide a portable, wearable aid for people who lost their sense of balance due to injury or disease and have to learn again how to walk. Their vest measures how the…

Solar power Backpack with mosquito repeller

The approaching sunny summer time is inviting to spend more time outside – a healthy mindset but causing some headache when it comes to keep all our electronic gadgets charged up while disconnected from the power grid. Solar bags started to show up as commercial products just a few years ago but have become a…

Subtle Subtitles Scarf

Blending technology with clothing generate amazing innovative ideas like the one I am going to introduce today: the Subtle Subtitles Scarf designed by Calum Pringle, Interactive Media Design student at Dundee University. Calum’s motivation for the Subtitles Scarf which is currently in the ‘experience prototype’ phase is to provide the occasional subtitle, in real time,…

GER – emotional fashion

Fashion is emotional, any piece of clothing we buy is selected based on our emotions, feelings, likes and view of the world. To elevate this emotional aspect of clothing Kristin Neidlinger, designer with focus on Sensory Computer Interface designed GER which stands for ‘Galvanic Extimacy Responder’ which in turn is the detection of emotional or…

Communicating Jacket

The ‘Communicating Jacket‘ by David Bormans and Ivan Razin aims to create a jacket that allows interactive communication within the personal space of the wearer. The personal space as it is defined in this project of the Digital Arts Studio at the School of Visual Arts in Belgium (ESAPV) ‘is unique to every individual and…

DIY – Weight sensing Tote Bag

Instructables member markaleung made one of those sensible wearable electronic concepts I love for their simplicity and sensibility in regard to the functionality offered: the Weight sensing Tote Bag. Knowing the weight of a bag, especially when flying somewhere can be a question of how much money we have to shell out when in front…

HaptiHug – affective garment hugs you

Who has not send his/her hugs via SMS, email or phone. Although ernest mend it is just a word. But sending a hug with it’s warmth could soon become more tactile according to Japanese researchers. Dzmitry Tsetserukou, assistant professor at Toyohashi University of Technology and creator of the system that includes the HaptiHug, HaptiHeart and…

PING – social networking fashion

The rapidly growing interest into wearable electronics is attracting the attention of innovative fashion designer, technologists, artists and the educational sector who create wearable electronic design concepts of astonishing sophistication. An example of the creative power of wearable technologies comes from Jennifer Darmour over at Electricfoxy, a Weblog dedicated to technology enriched clothing, a fix…

SKÔN – beautiful illuminated hoodie

Paula Kassenaar and Paula Segura Meccia, students at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland took on the challenge to develop over the course of just one week during a module for an ‘exploration into textiles and electronics’ given by the faculty at the Wearable Senses division by the teachers Michel…

Messenger Dog uses wearable electronic

Messenger dogs have a long history of contributing, serving their friends and masters in mission-critical situations carrying messages across battler fields, natural disaster devastated areas and during snowy mountain rescue operations. A team of highly innovative students at the CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design), Laura Boffi, Mary Huang (see also the Meet&Playback glove) and…

Email counting T-Shirt

Catching up with wearable electronic news I came across the email counting T-Shirt made by  Chris Ball and his wife Madeline. It’s actually a DIY project we usually bring Saturdays but this one is so good – I can’t hold back that long. This high tech T-Shirt will indicate in binary form via LEDs the…

DIY – heating and cooling jacket

CU Boulder GEEN 1400 Engineering Costumes students Chris Francklyn, Diana George, Jenna Sobieray and Alex Cossoff posted a hot-cool project on Instructables, the ‘How to make a Heating and Cooling Jacket‘ project. The jacket has the capability to sense the temperature inside the jacket and turning on the heating or cooling elements as needed to…

Gesture control with MIT’s Glove Mouse

We are used to control almost every aspect of our physical world with our hands so it is no wonder that technology enhanced gloves have a great appeal among the creative, innovative minds. Technology enhanced gloves bridge the gap between the physical, ‘real’ world with the imaginary, virtual world consisting of Bits and Bytes. A…

Wiffinder – Wifi sniffing bags

We have covered Wifi sniffing T-Shirts, Sneakers and bags for a while and my biological radar is always going off when I see a new clothing or bag item that offers a Wifi network indicating feature. Wifi signal indication and knowing the Wifi signal strength is almost as knowing there is breathable air around –…

Solar power dress

Integrating solar panels into a dress or any kind of clothing is a style challenge, a balance between looking very – let’s say – techie and the trade-off on solar power loss when integrated to subtle, too hidden and covered up. Abbey Liebman, a senior at Cornell University gave this challenge a go and the…

Sensible, wearable electronic underpants

We have highlighted many times before the usefulness of wearable technologies in the field of medical care, to improve the living quality of those who need assistance and for the improved service quality of those who take care. Australian based Simavita came up with a solution primarily for the aging population with increased risk of…

Pianowl – musical mask

We have covered before various DIY projects using toy pianos, take them apart and add soft, textile like keypads to be integrated in shirts for a playful – literally – experimentation with eTextile materials. Tara Pattenden, visual artist in the field of media – video, sound and installation is creating a range of audio masks…

Tactile vest for virtual shooting reality

The integration of actuators into clothing to give tactile / physical feedback triggered by real or virtual world events is a frequently used topic among technology enhanced clothing concept designs. Saurabh Palan, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, uses a haptic interface integrated into the Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) designed for FPS (First…

Light animated figure skating costume

While the wearable electronic business community is scratching their heads in search of the killer application highly creative and innovative designer seems have no problem to come up with pleasantly exiting designs in the clothing market. Clothing does not always mean what we wear everyday or evening. There is a wide range of professional, specialized…