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…

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…

DIY – stylish eTextile embroidery

The fabulous eTextile DIY site ‘How to get what you want‘ from  Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson keeps on adding frequently new material for every eTextile enthusiast to learn and to get inspired. I love the recently posted embroidered potentiometers as they show nicely how to integrate technical parts such as conductive lines which can…

DIY – surface sound speaker

We receive frequently emails from the wearable electronic community asking about speakers suitable to be integrated into garments or bags. My first choice for doing this would be the surface sound technology from NXT which is used for the soft, magical sound in backpacks like the one from Spyder or Reebock. NXT, the inventor of…

DIY – eTextile cable knitting

Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson beamed up at ‘How to get what you want‘ a nice technique on how to create eTextile cables that provide a new way of designing cable connections for a wearable electronic design. The cable are knitted using a tube knitting technique with many names like ‘French knitting’, ‘Spool knitting’, ‘Corking’…

DIY – stylish conductive fabric

Creating stylish conductive fabric is easier then you might think, assuming you follow the fabulous instruction from Lynne Bruning on her Instructables. Lynne keeps on adding creative ideas on how to electrify textiles. Her Instructables collection is full of tips, excellent documented with material resources, written and photo guides to make the process as easy…

Interested in conductive yarn?

Getting conductive yarn in small quantities is sometimes difficult as manufacturer usually think big and are not set up in their logistics to serve individual customers with small quantities. Hannah Perner-Wilson over at ‘How to get what you want‘ is able to make a deal with one of these big manufacturers – Schoeller – and…

DIY – Illuminated dog hoodie

This weeks eTextile DIY project proposal is definitely falling in the cute category. Val Head created for her cute dog Tucker and Light-up dog hoodie. Most of the time we are stretching ourselves to figure out how and where to use eTextile tech for our clothing but seldom we think about our cute friends from…

Wearable electronic DIY kits from Aniomagic

The magic keeps coming from Aniomagic as they have redesigned their flagship Schemer™ letting ‘ordinary’ electronic components look like jewels. You can chose to hide them or show off these eTextile components in your wearable electronic designs, either way will lead you to gorgeous looking interactive fashion objects. Aniomagic’s latest Schemer™ version allows to connect…

Atlas Gloves – a DIY hand gesture interface

This weeks wearable electronic DIY project introduction is not very challenging on the eTextile part but it is one of the most outstanding projects I have seen around the interactive glove topic. The Atlas Gloves, created by Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv at the ITP – NYU, act as a physical interface for controlling 3D…

DIY – dynamic EL wire graphic for T-Shirts

We have seen many examples of Electroluminescent (EL) wires used to decorate clothing or bags by simply having some strings placed as contour and a light up in a flashing pattern. Cute at times but not very stylish most of the times. Not so the design as shown above which is from the latest issue…

DIY – sensible eTextiles

The countless variations of textile/knit/crochet sensors Hannah Perner-Wilson aka Plusea created provide a valuable toolbox and source of inspiration for the eTextile community. Her recent focus on pressure and stretch/bend sensors made by knitting and crocheting offer a unique alternative to conductive stretch fabric sensors. Although it is sometimes challenging to find conductive yarn and…

Power design for eTextiles

From a clothing designer point of view, the focus is on style and aesthetics. From an electronic engineer point of view, the power efficient circuit design is one of the keys between being a master or mediocre in this profession. Designing electrical function with high power efficiency in mind minimizes the need of power, allowing…

DIY – Emotional Scarf

Communicating clothing is one of the most interesting concepts in the interactive fashion domain and well taken care off especially by the eTextile DIY community. Instructables member ArduinoFun has posted a inspirational project called ‘Arduino Lilypad Interactive Passion Sensing Scarf‘ using the LilyPad Arduino and conductive yarn to create the textile circuit into a scarf….

Textile Prefboard

The eTextile toolbox just got a big addition in form of Plug and Wear‘s Textile Prefboard, courtesy of my creative friend Riccardo. Prefboards are used by electronic wizards to quickly put together a circuit during development and for testing. Needless to say – this is one of the most essential parts in their toolbox. Riccardo…

DIY – Fabric Display

Fabric Light-Bright is an amazing textile display project from Eli Skipp of Pumping Station One, a first class hacking community in Chicago. I have never seen before such a simple yet highly unique eTextile design. Simple in it’s functionality as described by Eli but highly expendable and wide open for upgrading to more complex functionality….

DIY eTextile projects from Kobakant

Kobakant, the joined DIY Wearable Technology Documentation project from Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi keeps adding interesting must-read information for anyone interested into eTextile technology and design. It’s one of my habits to check out this site on a regular basis (it’s easy via a news reader) to make sure I do not miss any…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Geek chic – DIY alarm purse

Today’s weekend DIY project is about upgrading a purse with a personal alarm system. Sadly, especially for women it is always a good advice to have a kind of personal alarm device in the pocket or bag while walking alone in most of the big cities around the world. But having the personal alarm device…

Soft circuit techniques

Triggered by Jennifer Dopazo‘s short presentation posting on Fashioning Technology about the process of fabricating an ‘iron on textile PCB’, I looked around to see what options the eTextile designer has when it comes to softening up the electronic world. If you every wondered how a textile PCB can be made, flip through the presentation…

My Sew EZ Touch kit available

A short update on the ‘My Sew EZ Touch kit‘ we have posted about a few days ago: the kit from RNK Distributing comes complete with a standard 6-button PANiQ Wearable User Interface and a PANiQ Controller for iPod and is available now via the PANiQ online shop for $79.99 Full instructions and embroidery designs…

Resistor Reference Card

Last month I have blogged about the pocket LED Resistance Calculator, a simple to make but sometimes very useful little tool to decide which resistors to buy for the next eTextile DIY project – or any other electronic projects for that fact. But what about having a bunch of resistors sitting on your desk with…

Crochet, the new DIT eTextile technique

The team at ‘How to Get What You Want‘ published recently eTextile sensors (pressure and tilt sensor) which a made of conductive wool using the Crochet technique to build electrically conductive traces and patches into Crochet work. Besides weaving and knitting, crochet is a excellent way to incorporate electrically conductive elements into fabrics totally seamless,…