EroGear Wearable Display Jacket

Extending our wearable display topic from yesterday, we found another amazing wearable display from a company called ‘EroGear‘. But unlike to our story yesterday, EroGear is offering their wearable display integrated in any jacket of your choice. Here are some of the impressive features EroGear is offering in their tailor made display jackets: a software…

DIY textile display – Embroidered LED matrix

Another amazing way on how to ‘soften electronic’ or should I say ‘electrify textiles’ has been worked out by Leah Buechley, an Embroidered LED matrix providing a soft display for your next outfit. Leah’s ‘proof of concept’ demonstrates how to create a textile display by using both sides of a fabric to realize a 2…

Stretchable textile pressure sensors for better product design

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. started in 1996 as a commercial spin-off from Harvard University to design, develop and manufacture high performance multi-element pressure and tactile sensing systems. Their latest commercially available product is the FingerTPS(TM) (Finger Tactile Pressure Sensing). Flexible sensors are worn on the hand and transmit accurate, repeatable tactile force data to a…

e-Textile Sensor Workshop for Musicians and Artists

Wearable Electronic and Musicians might not have a obvious relation but this is going to change. The University of California‘s Department of Music is holding the ‘2008 Sensor Workshop for Musicians and Artists‘ focusing on e-textile technologies. New fiber and malleable materials including conductive fabrics, piezoresistive fabrics, conductive heatshrink tubing, carbon fiber etc. will be…

Walk on Light – the Luminoso Rug

Rugs that light-up seems to become a new trend for the sophisticated lifestyle. First we saw the FootLume with EL light in a Rug to light the way in the dark and now we have the Luminoso, a Wool Rug interwoven with LEDs. The Luminoso is a creation from Top Floor an interior design company…

Bubelle the Emotion Sensing Dress of the future

How will fashion look in 2020? That’s very difficult to say considering making a predictions for the next season is already a challenge. The Design group at Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands gives it a shot and takes a look into the far, far future of fashion in their SKIN project, an exploration research…

Quiksliver’s U-Ramp Snowboard Jacket controls your tunes

Quiksilver has added to their backpack line with sound shell in the 2007/08 range a Snowboarding jacket that let you control your tunes easily while racing down the hills. The U-Ramp Snowboard Jacket has soft switch buttons in the left sleeve that can be operated even with thick gloves on your hands. There is no…

Sexy LumiTop illuminates you in style

LumiGram® designed a collection of illuminated, sexy tops that promise: your nights will never look the same …. LumiGram uses Italian’s Luminex unique light emitting fabric which has as its light element fiber optics woven into conventional textiles. We have posted about Luminex here and here and here. Unlike light sources such as LEDs or…

Garments that Sense with SmartLife Technology

SmartLife® Technology Limited, a UK based company founded in 2003, has designed and developed a garment based system with integrated sensors for sport, personal health and wellbeing monitoring. In sports, integrating sensors that collect data about a wearers body conditions help elite athletes (but also you and me) to optimize the training and performance. The…

The love – Hug Shirt becomes reality

Around half year ago we have posted about the Hug Shirt, a concept created by the fabulous team of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the founders of CuteCircuit, have taken on the challenge to bring this great idea to reality. Much has been written and said about the Hug Shirt but it seems this, once…

SKORPION Dress by XS-Labs

Garments that change shape have a similar magical fascination and garments the emit light. How big this fascination is has been shown by Hussein Chalayan with his Mechanical Dress, the Video Dress and his latest creation the Sparkling Crystal Dress. A collaboration between Di Mainstone and Joanna Berzowska at XS Labs took the shape shifting…

Wearable Electronic DIY project: digg-me Shirt

Our reader tamberg pointed us to the ‘digg me’ Shirt, a very well documented Wearable Electronic Instructables project and just the right stuff to write about at the end of the week when we switch to an more relaxed mode. The ‘digg me’ Shirt is a truly Wearable Electronic DIY project combining the usage and…

The ultimate Wearable Electronic DIY Kit: LilyPad Arduino

Leah Buechley created in cooperation with Sparkfun the next generation of e-textile modules for the Wearable Electronic DIY enthusiasts: the LilyPad-Arduino set. To introduce Leah Buechely might not be needed for our regular readers and everyone interested into Wearable Electronics just so much, Leah is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of…

e-textiles bake bread

Las Vegas had its e-Textile symposium and almost at the same time on the other side of the globe in Taiwan, the Textile International Forum and Exhibition in Taipei has e-Textiles on their agenda as well. Scientists from the Taiwan Textile Research Institute showed backed to the delight of the visitors toasts in an oven…

E-Textiles symposium starting soon

Just a friendly reminder for our dear readers: IFAI EXPO 2007 is starting in two days (Oct. 3) and on the same day the E-Textiles symposium will be held from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. The E-Textiles Symposium offers a journey into the vast world of Smart Textiles by exploring revolutionary fabrics, e-textiles, i-textiles, flexible…

Fashion meets Technology on IFA 2007

Fashion meets Technology again during IFA 2007 between Aug 31 and Sept 5 in Berlin/Germany. IFA is the world largest Consumer Electronic Show and Wearable Electronic will have a strong presents during this event. The Smart Textiles Interessengemeinschaft, a community that represents the interests of producers and developers from the application fields of fashion, sports,…

e-textiles on IFAI Expo 2007

Wearable Electronic takes center stage during the upcoming IFAI Expo 2007 from Oct. 3-5, 2007, in Las Vegas, USA. IFAI stands for Industrial Fabrics Association International and is the most important textile industry event of 2007. Especially interesting for us is the E-Textiles symposium which is part of IFAI. This symposium will have prominent speakers…

LED bracelets from Leah Buechley

The nice and chic looking LED Bracelet from Leah Buechley is a concept I liked from the first day I have seen it on her site. The latest version of her LED Bracelet was also part of the efashion show during the UnRavel event this week. Leah created the first version of the LED Bracelet…

UnRavel – efashion show as part of SIGGRAPH 2007

SIGGRAPH is the focal point for everyone involved in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professionals from six continents come together in San Diego, California from August 5-9, for the industry’s most respected technical and creative programs focusing on fashion, research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity and education. For us the most interesting part is ‘UnRavel‘,…

Interactive, electronic Textiles from Maggie Orth

Maggie Orth is an artist, technologist, entrepreneur who creates and invents interactive and electronic textiles. She is considered a pioneer in the emerging field of electronic textiles, interactive fashions, wearable computing, and interface design. Maggie uses electronic textiles to create programmable color change textile art works, soft and fuzzy textile sensors and light artworks, electronic…

The soft side of Technology

The aim of Wearable Electronic is to make the electronic soft, soft to the extend to build electronic functions into soft products like our clothing, bags, sofas and anything we use and is made from textiles. Although many question why do we need to build electronic functions into clothing or other textile based products, we…

Get creative with the Eleksen fabric keyboard Evaluation-Kit

Eleksen launched their Evaluation Kit targeted towards designers, academics, and journalists to get a first-hand experience with ElekTex® technology. The ElekTex evaluation kit is designed to explore the interface design for interactive soft goods products, including consumer and industrial apparel and accessories. The Evaluation Kit enables users to experience and learn how to program smart…

Smart Textiles on stage during CPD trade fair

Wearable Electronic and Smart Textiles will be again on stage between July 22 and 24 during the CPD, a International Trade Fair for Womenswear and Accessories in Düsseldorf / Germany. With 1,050 exhibitors representing a total of more than 1,430 brands from 38 countries, CPD Womenswear and Accessories is one of the biggest events in…

Techno Textiles 2 – Book review

Summer time is a great reading time. Lying on the beach, the pool or siting in the park (always with the Juice Bag next to me) is the best way to relax and reflect. Although Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Designis not a new book, I like to re-read it and get…

Black Stripe iPod suit

Timeless tailoring meets the latest innovations in fabric technology: that’s the iPod suit from Marks & Spencer. Much hyped a few weeks ago and now on sale. According to the UK online store from Marks & Spencer, only the iPod Jacket is available, they don’t sell matching pants for the Jacket. You are free to…