Electrified Fairy wings

I could not resist writing about Halloween in connection with the possibilities eTextile techniques offer for this type of once-a-year event. Making a mini-voting contest among my friends we selected the ‘Wing’ type of DIY projects as our favorite design. Two of the most outstanding wing design DIY projects are the ‘Removable EL wire art…

LumiNet – an organic, interactive, wearable computing network

Wearable technologists are familiar with the LilyPad Arduino developed by Leah Buechley. LilyPad is the first choice when electro-textile designer look for some number crunching application, be it to control light or coordinate sensor inputs and convert them for light or other visual representation. The only downside with a central processor is – when it…

Sensible Music by Stefan Zwegers

The Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology is currently running the ID’10 showcasing the work of the Master’s graduates plus a selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s projects. Some of the exhibits on stage are highly interesting from the wearable technology point of view. ‘Sensible Music‘ from Stefan Zwegers, a name talk2myShirt…

Design contest for Cooling Jackets

The last thing most of our talk2myShirt reader will have in mind right now with the winter in front of the door is thinking on a cooling jacket. But there are regions on our planet where people straggly with the heat around year. India is such a place where the intense heat causes heat stock…

SYSTEX Smart Textiles Student Award 2010 winner – Active Belt from Kunal Mankodiya

For the second time SYSTEX and the Ghent University called students around the world for smart textile designs and to select the yearly champion. The 2010 winning entry is the Active Belt by Kunal Mankodiya from the Institute for Signal Processing, University of Lübeck, Germany. Active Belt, the award winning project, investigates the longtime use…

Touch screens love Agloves

With the begin of the cold season many users new to the world of touch screen cellphones, Music player and iPad style tablet devices might not be aware that operating this devices is not possible with gloved hands. Taking a call or checking up some infos on the tablet means taking off the gloves, putting…

High-tech fashion by Anouk Wipprecht

Belonging to the new generation of fashion-tech designer, Anouk Wipprecht understands very well how to make use of technology to re-invent fashion design. Fashion design, used to provoke, to challenging but also connecting to social values has always been at the forefront of fashion design. Using technology like Anouk Wipprecht opens up almost unimaginable possibilities…

Charge up your boots – Columbia Bugathermo Season 2

Columbia Sportswear establishes itself as the leader of a new generation of winter outdoor apparel and footwear. Last Fall/Winter season Columbia pioneered into the high-tech footwear sector with the launch of the Bugathermo boot with integrated heating system which has been sold out almost overnight. This Fall/Winter season Columbia extended their range of heated boots…

Pillow Alarm

The Alarm Pillow design from Korean Designer Seung Jun Jeong takes a simple idea and wraps it into a gorgeous looking object. Pillows are, next to our clothing one of the most used intimidate products we have a lot of skin contact and we enjoy using. Enhancing these objects with sensible functionality, combining soft materials…

Dream Jammies come with a wakeup App for the iPhone

The idea of using clothing as means to stay connected is interesting and lovely. Staying connected has become part of our lifestyle – who can imagine being more than a few clicks away from the friends list, status updates or tweets. The Dream Jammies by Alexander Reeder, well known by talk2myShirt reader for his designs…

DIY eTextiles – Light Up Leggings

Good news for the DIY wearable electronic community: the Soft Circuit Contest by Instructables has extended it’s submission deadline giving you another week to post your textile project. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a Salt n’ Peanut soft circuit kit from Soft-Circuit.com and an Instructables prize pack including…