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Creative, Innovative Wearable Technology community

While companies search for the next  killer application in Wearable Technology a fast growing community of Makers, Students, Artists and home-brew creatives in the DIY community generate inspiring designs with wearable technologies. The advantage of Makers, Artists and home-brew enthusiasts is they do not have to consider cost, robustness of design and production limitation as designer and…

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DIY eTextiles – remote control T-shirt

Are you one of the millions who spend a good deal of time search for that TV remote control? If yes – Designer Rebecca Albrand has a cool solution for you, the Remote Control T-Shirt. Using a Remote control T-Shirt turns yourself into the control master of your TV and I guess you will bring…

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Intelligent Bag – Deja Vu

Deja Vu comes from French and means ‘already seen’ (that). This interesting project title has been selected by MIT students Heidi Chen and Nicole Tariverdian for their intelligent bag, the ‘Deja Vu‘. ‘Already seen’ is applied to the situation at which their Deja Vu bag saves the peace of mind of people constantly either forgetting…

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DIY – textile solar panel

Connecting to yesterdays solar power related article, the summer sun mood many people enjoying right now and the eTextile treasure chest from Meg Grant adds up to an amazing DIY solar cell technique I was really astound when seeing it the first time. Solar power to electricity conversion with the use of naked diodes. Yeah…

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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…

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….

DIY eTextiles – Sewable Disc Button

Sewable eTextile Buttons are the creation of ClothBot Designs using the unique service of Shapeways. The Sewable Disc Button is designed with diagonal thru-holes in the pegs for sewing conductive thread and has at it’s center a hole straight through it, acting as a socket for thru-hole component terminals and wires. These little buttons are…

Tron Costume by Syuzi Pakhchyan

Being an expert in wearable technology helps tremendously when designing a out-of-this-world party outfit. Point in case: Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the book Fashioning Technology and the wearable technology Community site Fashioning Technology designed the Tron: Quorra Costume for this years Halloween but it would be a waste of beauty if she would only wear…

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…

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…

Instructables – Soft Circuit Contest

One of my favorite places when searching for eTextile DIY projects, Instructables.com started the Soft Circuit Contest, challenging and inviting the creative DIY community to showcase their latest and creates eTextile projects with others. The rewards for sharing your designs: First there is the great Grand prize, a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a custom…

Light animated suit controlled via iPhone and WiFi

Marc, a engineer and software guru from Miami created an amazing, light animated suit that will be for sure the highlight of every party you show up with it. His iPhone Controlled LED Suit can serve as yardstick and inspiration for everyone who plans to create interactive fashion with outstanding light effects. Marc sewed LED…

DIY wearable tech – Auto lacing shoe

Instructables member blakebevin posed a project that comes very close to fulfilling one of my longtime dreams: Power Laces – the Auto lacing shoe. Since I was small and may be inspired by ‘Back to The Future II’ I always wanted to have shoes that lace themselves to support my natural laziness. Finally the long…

DIY wearable electronic – LED Bead Jig

The portability for eTextile enthusiasts for the need of sewable LEDs is very high as almost everyone I know off will make at one point illuminated details in their designs. Getting sewable LEDs can be a challenge especially if you look for these tiny-tiny SMD LEDs with beads on either side. Leah Buechly created this…

DIY fabric PCB etching with salt and vinegar

‘How to get what you Want‘ is certainly the first address every eTextile enthusiast working or planning textile electronic projects. It’s full of amazing tips and tricks coming from Hannah Perner-Wilson, one of the sites main contributor. New techniques are added very frequently so check out ‘How to get what you Want’ again and again….

The world’s largest collection of e-textile materials

Adrian Freed, Research Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) compiled the self-proclaimed ‘world’s largest collection of e-textile materials and associated tools‘ and having spend a very long time browsing through the collection I can confirm his proclamation. Adrian pioneered many new applications of mathematics, electronics and computer science to…

eTextile DIY community – LilyPond

The high-low tech team at MIT under the lead of eTextile innovator Leah Buechley started a very interesting project called LilyPond, a eTextile Web community and place for collaboration and sharing of eTextile projects. LilyPond is aiming to pond the LilyPad community and to provide support for people who want to design and create soft,…

DIY – Light Up Cycling Jersey

Riding a bicycle by night, especially in areas with street lights far apart requires good lighting on the bike. To increase the visibility and with it the safety of bikers, illumination of a bikers clothing is a wise choice only – there are very few commercial products on the market. Most biking enthusiasts know first…

eTextile DIY treasure chest – Plug and Wear

Riccardo Marchesi started around a year ago the online shop Plug and Wear to provide the eTextile community with a one-stop-shop offering eTextile designer a large selection of materials for wearable electronic projects. The relative new area of wearable electronic with it’s specific eTextile components does not yet have a structure of well established resources,…

DIY – Bi-Directional Flex Sensor

Flex sensors are a often used elements in eTextile projects as they give indication of movement or pressure events in interactive wearable electronic objects. Plusea has made a large range of stretch and pressure sensors using neoprene and conductive yarn as the key elements. Instructable member jiovine made a Bi-Directional Flex Sensor using copper foil…

DIY – Wireless Dance Costume

Interactive clothing is attracted the interest of performers who are experimenting with the possibilities technology enhanced costumes to add a new dimension of interaction to their shows. You might say this is not new, costumes have always been one of the attention points of performances. Yes, this is correct but by embedding technologies these costumes…

North Skirt

Soft electronic innovator Meredith Scheff, we posted about her Sew-through circuit board, showed her latest creation the North-Skirt during the eTextile Fashion Show @ Maker Faire in May. Based on the North-Paw kit from Sensebridge and her newly developed StarBoards, the North Skirt has vertical rows of LEDs whereby the row which is pointing to…

Soft Circuit Saturdays

What better day than our ‘usual’ Saturday posting around DIY eTextile project to introduce ‘Soft Circuit Saturdays‘ from Angela Sheehan, who is organizing  a DIY/Maker crafting group around soft circuits in New Hampshire/Boston area. Angela discovered her interest into e-textiles, craft technology and wearable computing during her time at Bennington College. Her research and interest…

Smart sensing backpack with Aniomagic eTextile components

The folks over at Aniomagic have made a weight sensitive backpack. Note the emphasis is on weight sensitive and not weight sensing. Using Aniomagic’s fabulous smart eTextile components and a force sensitive resistor you can create a cool light animation on any bag. It won’t tell you how much weight you are lugging around –…

DIY soft electronics: Sew-through circuit board

Meredith Scheff, self proclaimed artist, writer, mechanic and fabricator posted a really cool design of a soft, sew-through circuit board using DuPont’s Pyralux Copper Clad Laminate, a very thin and flexible sheet of polyimide which has copper on one side. If you are familiar with making your own PCBs you will know how to make…

DIY – Southpaw, measure distances with your hand

We have reported about the Northpaw by Sensebridge, an anklet that indicates the direction via vibration. Today’s DIY project introduction called ‘Southpaw‘ could be seen as complementing the directional wearable assistant by adding a distance detecting functionality to a glove. Southpaw by Instructables member south_paw has a sonar range finder and a small LCD screen…

DIY – Frogr eTextile adaptor for the LilyPad

eTextile designer will love the Frogr, a creation of Angella Mackey and David McCallum. The Frogr is an adapter – called shield in Arduino terminology – give a higher degree of flexibility when creating multiple designs which require the LilyPad. The LilyPad has to be sewn onto the textile circuit to make good contact. Creating…

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…

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…