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The Gigabyte Shirt

Imagine our clothing, any type of clothing from under to outer-wear is acting as digital data storage memory. Sound too far fetched? Actually NASA scientists found a way to do just that – transforming fabrics into huge storage arrays potentially transforming a simple shirt into a Giga or even Terra Byte storage medium. The underlying…

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,…

Electrically conductive textile platform

EMPA – an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain will present this Friday at the Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, the ‘Conducting textile platform based on novel e-fibers’. There are different technologies and processes to create electrical conductive fibers and yarns, some use fine silver wires…

Sound generating Tuxedo

Inspired by the wave of illuminated clothing used by artists I looked around the creative wearable electronic community for other music related clothing. My search came up with the Accouphene Tuxedo created by Vincent Leclerc, Joanna Berzowska and the XS labs crew back in 2006. The idea behind the Accouphene Tuxedo is to ‘…  create…

FIR – Far Infrared clothing

It might not seem to be the best time of the year to talk about heated clothing but I learned recently about an advanced textile technology, the Far Infrared (FIR) fibers which are not only used as textile heating elements in cold weather clothing but they are widely used in the therapeutically clothing segment as…

Interactive Sample Book for e-textile designer

During my visit to the TechTextil I met Hanne-Louise Johannesen, co-founder of Diffus, a Denmark based design company with the mission of ‘diffusing traditional thinking as well as materials in order to create the unforeseen‘ in e-textile applications. Very interesting to me is the project of the Interactive Sample Book (ISB) designed by Diffus with…

The Digital world at your fingertips

Plusea aka Hannah Perner-Wilson is one of the most active wearable technologists judging on the amount of her DIY instructions especially around textile sensors and interactive clothing for performing artists. Her most recent creation posted on YouTube is the ‘Sensitive Fingertips‘ (see embedded video below) a glove containing pressure sensors on each finger tip allowing…

Virtuality becomes reality – Clickable dress

Nadya Peek, a first year grad student at the MIT Media Lab created a unique interactive dress to close the gap between our presents in the physical and virtual world. Yeah – it’s not the first time technology enhanced clothing is doing just this: merging our ever expanding virtual existence with our physical presents. Having…

Illuminated, organic dress

Canadian textile artist Marisa Ranalli created an amazing dress resembling deep sea jellyfish fashion with the use of e-textile materials like LilyPad Arduinos, LEDs and nitinol wire (an alloy that changes shape when electricity is applied) to add organic movements and illumination to the dress. Marisa gets her inspirations from her fascination of the inside,…

Interactive, Talking Quilt

The ‘Talking Quilt‘, a co-creation between Fiona Carswell, designer of the shockingly-creative ‘Smoking Jacket‘, Alice Tseng-Planas, Kate Hartman, Kati London, Megan MacMurray and Nanna Halinen was developed for speech and learning sessions with a non-verbal, mobility-challenged young girl. But this concept could be used to entertain kids or ‘grown-ups’ alike. Imagine this: you record on…

Wearable Electronic science – Nanofication of textiles

At times, nano-whatever seems to solve all problems the world is suffering from. Nano has the sound of a ‘magic spell’ on it. No wonder that ‘nanofication’ of textiles was one of the first areas nano technology found early commercial applications. One of the most prominent nano-textile applications is the impregnation (coating) of fibers and…

e-textile DIY material

Getting e-textile materials is still not a s easy as conventional crafting materials like for example thread. Syuzi Pakhchyan, an expert in smart crafting, has posted on her blog Fashioning Technology a great overview of commercially available, electrically conductive threads together with information on the positive and negative aspects for each of them. Conductive threads…

DIY e-textiles crafting for beginners with StitchLits

Artist-Researcher-Educator Kate Hartman, currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University teaching courses in soft circuitry and physical computing created a cute little tool box targeted towards novices in e-textile crafting. She made her DIY kit called ‘StichLits‘ available on Etsy which contains everything needed to create a first ‘electrified’ crafting project for clothing,…

Heated garments made from recycled carbon fiber

Hong Kong based Pensonic Technology has developed in close collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Hong Kong University a line of heated garments ranging from jackets and vests for street wear and motorcyclist,  gloves and more. The uniqueness of Pensonic’s ‘Volcanic Heat range‘ is the use of recycled carbon fibers giving them a second…

Leah Buechley – democratization of technology

Leah Buechley one of the leading personalities in the DIY wearable electronic field and creator of the unique LilyPad e-textile platform as well as countless DIY instructions to create ‘soft electronics’ gave recently a talk outlining her new task at MIT where she is heading the High-Low Tech Group. Expanding on her great work in…

DIY – Moonlit Flower

‘Moonlit Flower‘ is a cute little DIY project created by Korean designer and mother Ji Sun Lee as part of her TechDIY project. TechDIY is a project for women involving a holistic process of mothers and daughters learning electronics together and sharing this with others. The Moonlit Flower requires some sewing skills, basic sewing materials…

Stay warm and electro-smog free with the mediaVEST

Baybox, a German company is working on the mediaVEST which should make life easier and safer for the gadget wielding reporter and bloggers during harsh outdoor conditions. A couple of considerations go into the design of the mediaVEST: addressing the negative effect of freezing temperatures for the wearer and the multimedia device. Humans dent to…

DIY – remote controls with a soft touch

The background story of the first e-textile DIY project the ‘Senior Remote‘ is as lovely as the project itself of transforming a hard plastic TV remote control into a cute soft remote control. Intructables user ‘unknownuser2007‘ wanted to make life easier for mom to navigate her TV as she does get confused with the countless…

Chic and comfy warm – Burton’s Dream Jacket

Looking to the extreme low temperatures in parts of US and Europe I was looking around for jackets that keep comfy warm in the most extreme temperatures and look cool/chic. Heated clothing comes to my mind but many of the products on offer are kind of bleak and black. Burtons LTD Heated Dream Jacket for…

Living textiles – Tornado Dress

Taking the theme of Nebraska storm-chaser Mike Hollingshead to print one of his dynamic Tornado photos on a dress’ fabric, spice it up with e-textile magic and you get a gorgeous looking, interactive Tornado Dress. Created by subTela studio, the Tornado Dress’ lining has been embroidered with conductive threads and electronic components including super-bright white…

Heated Glove Liners with a twist

Heating apparel have seen a big boost over the past 2-3 years with every year more companies come up with new solutions to take out the pain felt when outdoors for prolonged time in cold weather. e-Textile advancements in this field enable clothing designer to integrate heating elements in textiles making them un-feelable and invisible…

DIY wearable electronic: multilayer e-textile circuit board

Instructables member Lynne Bruning has been very busy the last 2 days designing unique concepts on how to ‘hide’ or integrate conductive thread into needle work materials like wool, fusible fibers, fabric tubes and fabric patches fused together. You have to check out all of them as they are very inspirational and as Lynne states…

DIY wearable electronic – temperature sensing tapestry

Another cool – or should I say hot – DIY project using e-textile technologies surfaced on Instructables by user craft-tech. The e-textile materials and components used come for base material Aniomagic which has a nice range of simple to use e-textile components including very smart little sensors for light, temperature and one to be programmed…

Radiation detecting bracelet

Self-proclaimed engineer, designer and artist Cati Vaucelle created a variant of a wearable Electromagnetic Field Detector in the form of a bracelet. Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors are certainly not new and wearable prototypes have been created throughout the past years like the one mentioned on the Make Blog by Jonah Brucker-Cohen but Cati Vaucelle build…

Wearable Electronic DIY – a Blinking Fashion Statement

A recent article by Charlie Foster for Forbes.com about the wearable electronic DIY movement describes the ‘cross over point’ between the ‘boy’s only’ club of silicon based tinkering and the ‘arts-and-crafts’ community traditionally a more feminine domain. The marriage of tech and fashion opens the doors for crafters to learn how to solder and tinkerers…

Beat cold hands with the Vaso heated glove liner

Cold hands are the first sign of the approaching winter time. If you hate, like me, cold fingers, heated gloves are the invention of today. With the advancements of e-textiles our winter outfit does not have to come in multiple layers but it can be slim and lightweight almost like summer clothing as long as…

Textronics offers heart rate monitor developer’s kit

Textronics, who’s textile sensor is used to make one the most fashionable heart rate sensing sports apparel follows the trend in the wearable electronic industry by offering a developer’s kit for their heart rate textile sensors. The Developer’s Kit contains a large selection of Textronics textile sensors (12x), different types of knit tubes with snaps,…

QIO Systems textile touch pads for fashion designer

QIO Systems which licensed the ElekTex and SOFTswitch technologies is putting back the textile keypad into the interactive fashion world. A wealth of information is available on QIO System’s new Website showing the solutions QIO is offering to the fashion brands and manufacturers. Next to the fabric keypad QIO Systems offers a wide range of…

e-Textile pants can improve the lifestyle for elderly

We have pointed out in the past ththe high value e-textiles and wearable technologies have to help improving the lifestyle of persons requiring medical treatment, rehabilitation after medical treatment and enhancing the life style of elderly persons by assisting declining body functions. Without wearable technologies many of this persons are confined to rooms or stationary…