Keyglove

Keyglove 2.0 looking for investors

Since our first article about the Keyglove end of last year Jeff Rowberg kept working and improving his Open Source Hardware project – the Keyglove. The Keyglove is is based on the Arduino/AVR and acts as wireless input for electronic devices like computers and potentially for computer controlled equipment. What sets the Keyglove apart from…

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Vega – a new light on the fashion horizon

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere gave the inspiration for Canadian clothing designer Angella Mackey who resides currently in Gothenburg, Sweden for her first illuminated fashion design, the Vega One. The Vega One is a medium to lightweight Spring dress coat made of…

Never get lost with the MapBag

GPS has come a long way starting out as an exclusively used technology by the military, then migrated to the aviation industry and finally became accessible to the general public as car navigation and nowadays GPS is a standard feature in many of the hand-held personal electronic devices like cell phones. People like me who…

Global eTextile Hacker Meeting

Last night 8pm MDT / 10pm EST / 2am GMT / 10am WITA (South East Asia – Central Standard Time) – I hope I got all the time conversions right – Lynne Bruning pulled off the first Global eTextile Hacker meet-up in the virtual space with the help of USTREAM.tv an online service that offers…

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Haute Tech turns the Light on

‘Haute Tech': Turning the Lights On is the headline of a recent article in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, featuring the fashion illumination designs by Moon Berlin, a Haute Tech fashion design house founded by Brigitte Franken and Christian Bruns. It looks to me as wearable illumination technology is putting…

Introduction to Wearable Technology workshop

The wearable technology event calendar is filling up rapidly in 2011, a sure sign for the growing popularity and awareness of eTextile developments. Ricardo O’Nascimento at Popkalab is holding a 3 day workshop, running form April 27th to 29th in Sede Tecnol├│gica de la UNIA, M├ílaga/Spain. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants…

Future Textiles Summit

Future Textiles is the name of a three-week long event focusing on collecting and communicating knowledge about smart textiles. The Future Textiles summit is hosted by the Knowledge Center for Smart Textiles at TEKO Design + Business, VIA University College, in Herning Denmark. During the summit, Knowledge Centre for Smart Textiles organizes the exhibition ‘Pretty…

Intelligent Textiles Workshop

Just before the Smart Textiles Salon, the University of Ghent in cooperation with Plug and Wear and Systex organize a two part, three day workshop on Intelligent Textiles. Part I will equip the participant with fundamental theoretical knowledge and practical insights in the field of intelligent textiles. The practical workshop, STS ToolTime, by Riccardo Marchesi…

Creative Technology Studies – Soft Circuitry weekend

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has on their extensive list of workshops one that will be highly interesting for our smart (textile) readers: the Soft Circuitry workshop on Saturday April 2, 2011 and Sunday April 3, 2011 from 10:00am – 4:00pm Instructor of the Soft Circuitry workshop is Lara Grant who will start…

Smart Textiles Salon is calling for prototypes

The second edition of the Smart Textiles Salon, an initiative from the University of Ghent, Belgium and Systex, is well under way and accepting project submissions until March 15th. Your project prototype should fit in the scope of the exhibition being textile based or compatible with intelligent textile systems. Documents must be written in English…

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A sparkling fashion future

The fascination, the desire to add sparkle to clothing has a long history going back decades if not centuries of fashion design. Throughout fashions history designer came up with ideas to add different materials to their designs, materials that reflect light and add emotional as well as style sparkle to our wardrobe. Thanks to the…

upcoming eTextile events

A number of eTextile and wearable technology events coming up, events that you don’t want to miss. Already tomorrow Thursday March 10th, Lynne Bruning is giving a lecturer titled ‘Introduction to eTextiles‘ at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, located at the Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Crossing the Atlantic, Riccardo Marchesi from…

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The sound of Fabric

Sometimes people ask me if there is a way to replace headphones with smart textiles, sound coming out of a hood or from the fabric around the shoulder areas, near the ears. What at first seems impossible is actually feasible with a bit of eTextile magic. Hannah, one of the most innovative personalities in the…

Sun power on the go for iPad

Voltaic Systems, the company that started the light-weight, flexible solar power integration into bags is soon offering a tablet case for iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and other tablets hitting the market soon. Drawing on the experience Voltaic gained over the past years about solar power on the go, the Spark Tablet Case promises 1 hour…

FashionWare on stage at the SXSW exhibition

Syuzi over at Faschioning Technology is very busy organizing the first major event in wearable technology of 2011, the FashionWare SXSW exhibition on March 18th and 19th in Austin, Texas. The FashionWare show will bring on stage the most advanced and beautiful wearable tech garments of today. Here is a short list of some of…

modwells – wearable Wellness and Fitness assistant

Smart-phones added a new dimension to our lifestyle by offering an App = solution for almost everything imaginable and if there is no App yet – it will be made soon. Increasingly, these smart pocket devices connect to all kind of peripherals like sensors, extending our sensibility towards the environment and even our body beyond…

eTextile treasure chest: Kit-of-No-Parts

Hannah Perner-Wilson, currently working on her masters degree in the High-Low Tech research group at the MIT Media Lab, started the Kit-of-No-Parts project, a Website that presents easy to access information about ‘electronics crafting’. I like the term ‘electronics crafting’, this distinguishes the work associated with electronic Textiles to the work of conventional electronic design….