Jackets that change your songs and pick up your phone

The Winter Olympic are in full swing (although physically I am far away from Vancouver) I revisited the iPod enabled jacket market to check out what is available right now for people watching the winter games on the spot. The first pleasant surprise is the prices of interactive, iPod ready jackets came down again this…

The North Face Audio Jackets

Despite the cold weather outside, the technology enhanced apparel market is really heating up this winter season. The North Face added to this growing market great looking Audio jackets for women and men. Beautiful not only the style of the jackets but also the soft touch control on the sleeve in the shape of a…

Fan Hoodies with iPod control

LimbGear® joined the interactive apparel market with the introduction of their InterActive™ Hoodio, a screen-printed hoodie which allows you to control an iPod from the sleeve. Using hidden channels within the garment, the earbuds cable runs from the player which is placed in a pocket inside the hoodie and connected to the PANiQ eTextile control…

Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket from POLO Ralph Lauren

This must be the most gorgeous looking technology enabled jacket on the planet: the Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket from POLO Ralph Lauren. What a cool looking snow boarding / winter action sport jacket. The Aerotype Hi-Tech Jacket is made from innovative water-resistant, double-layer Microfiber shell, incorporating interactive PaniQ™ technology that allows safe remote use of Bluetooth™…

Upgradable Polaris Jackets

The upgradable clothing market is growing with the addition of Polaris winter 09/10 collection of outerwear jackets for man and women. Polaris Industries has designed their jackets to allow Fibretronic‘s joystick controller to be added to the sleeve using a Velcro attachment point. Fibretronic has produced a custom designed joystick for Polaris with a Velcro…

Sessions iPod ready, interactive Winter09 jackets

Action-sport apparel brand Sessions teamed up again with Skullcandy to continue it’s presents in the interactive garment segment with the launch of the Winter ’09 iPod ready jacket collection. The Foxtrot Herringbone Skullcandy Jacket for men features a military construction with urban styling – gorgeous looking jacket for action pure and available via this online…

Stylish cool Commwear Jacket from Kjus

Even though many people spend these days on a beach there are folks who enjoy skiing right now. For all those cool people we found a great looking, iPod compatible jacket from the Norwegian company Kjus Skiwear. Popular among fashionable, high end skiers, this company makes one of the coolest looking yet functional ski clothing…

Visibility for runner – Shine Hat from Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi, covered on talk2myShirt earlier with the Vertex MP3 Short keeps innovating and exploring possibilities how embedded technologies into apparel can add value (and safety) to sports gear. The Shine Hat represents a great innovation for commuters and those who prefer to ride or run in twilight/darkness. The lighting system provides enhanced visibility with…

Hero iPod and Audio jacket

For those who are planning to spend some more time in the mountains UK street wear brand Location has launched two interactive, cool looking jackets. The Hero 3 ICU iPod jacket and the Hero 3 ICU Speaker jacket. Both jackets have a dedicated iPod pocket with Fibertronic‘s CONNECTED-wear controls integrated into the sleeve for use…

Burton Audio Stroll Down Jacket review

We have introduced Burton’s Ronin Audio Stroll Down Jacket back in November as one of the first jackets with integrated sound system enabling you to rave down the hills to your favorite soundtracks but still lets you hear any danger around you as you don’t block your ears with headphones. Brian Lam, editorial Director by…

Wearable Electronic options: CONNECTEDwear and PANiQ

Last weeks announcement about PANiQ, the wearable electronic brand from QIO Systems, expanded the choices for consumer on the lookout for interactive apparel. Fibretronic introduced its wearable electronic brand CONNECTEDwear almost exactly one year earlier, at the begin of 2008, and has been used since then by different brands in great looking apparels and bags….

Wearable Technologies Conference at ISPO Winter 09

For the third time the Wearable Technologies Conference 2009 as part of the ISPO Winter 09 will take place on February 2nd in Munich, Germany. The focus of this years WT conference will be on Monitoring in Fitness, Sports and Health care, Power Supply in Wearable Technologies and Fashion and Sports design for Wearable Technologies….

Communication Apparel

New York based interaction designer Alis Cambol uses technology enhanced clothing for non-verbal communication habits simulating communication forms used by animals. Her thesis work at Parson’s, called the Communication Apparel explores the possibilities of communicating with and through clothing. We do use clothing for a very long time to make non-vebal communication, be it via…

Smart clothing – Summit Wired IQ apparel

Many people use music for motivation and relaxation during fitness and sports activities and many I know struggle with the earphone cord as it comes much too often in the way, removing the earphones rather suddenly and sometimes painfully from the ears. Summit Wired, a young, innovative apparel company that engages in merging smart design,…

Fibretronic rolls out CONNECTED-wear

Fibretronic, one of the wearable electronic system providers for the apparel and soft goods industry, started to offer their range of CONNECTED-wear™ smart modules that hook up to wearable electronic enabled clothing and bags allowing to extend the clothes functionality beyond being just clothing. The great news about CONNECTED-wear’s  modular system for interactive fashion: for…

Wed’ze snowboarding jackets Made for iPod

Wed’ze, a snowboarding and ski brand from Decathlon is joining the interactive apparel market with their upcoming Fall/Winter 08/09 range of RNJ (Ride and Jump) snowboarding jackets. Featuring Fibretronic‘s five function joystick controllers in the sleeves of the men’s and women’s snowboarding jacket, these Freestyle jacket give full control over the iPod while racing down…

802.11 Apparel – Wifi Jacket

Jenny Chowdhury a resident researcher focusing on wearable and physical computing at NYU/ITP created a range of 802.11 (WiFi) Apparel by taking out the ‘geeky’ look of other WiFi shirts we have posted about. Her approach is to combine traditional floral pattern used for a long time to decorate clothing with the technology from the…

KILLA interactive apparel for the B-boy / B-girl culture

Interactive fashion is getting another exiting addition coming from Vancouver based KILLA, a brand representing lifestyle by redefining Hip-Hop Apparel. With four styles gearing up to hit retail shelves in the Fall ’09 season, Killa aims to redefine hip-hop clothing. The four styles include reinterpretations of classic designs including a peacoat and an infantry coat….

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,…

‘Crafted’ iPod and iPhone Jacket by Republic

UK high street retail chain Republic has released an iPod jacket in a cool looking Bomber jacket style constructed with metallic yarn to give it a unique crinkled appearance. The iPod Bomber jacket is part of the Crafted branded collection by Republic and designed for the urban streetwear market. The iPod keypad controller is built…

Give Dad something sensible this Father’s Day

Looking for a ‘sensible’ gift for your Dad? NuMetrex has a great offer for Father’s Day: a 20% discount on the Cardio Shirt for Men. NuMetrex has a range of Cardio Apparel we love to write about. They look gorgeous and work perfectly. Getting a bit in shape at the begin of summer is on…

Interactive Textiles for body mapping garments

Interactive Textiles are not limited to control the iPod or other electronic devices but could also be useful for body-mapping garments as a project by Australians CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology demonstrates. The idea is as following: to help basketball players to find their ideal shot-making rhythm and motion the system plays a series of…

Interactive Apparel sale by O’Neill

Few days ago we presented some links where to pick up O’Neill’s cool h4 Interactive Apparel for a reduced price. Today we found out O’Neill is having their own online Sale, offering the complete h4 Wearable Electronic range for an average discount of around €80.- or $120.- not bad for a cool iPod Jacket like…

RHYTHM iPod Jacket

During our restless search for new Interactive Clothing we found another iPod enabled outdoor jacket with textile controls, the RHYTM iPod jacket for men. You might say ‘a bit late for a snowboarding jacket’ and I agree to this. We are spending most of our blogging time searching on the Internet for new products out…

Eleksen gets a new home by QIO Systems

A few month ago the future of Eleksen and with it its ElekTex textile sensor technology that has made a huge impact in the Interactive apparel business in 2006/2007 was very uncertain to say the least. The first re-emergence of Eleksen and its technology was in form of an acquisition of its assets and business…

Peratech acquires Eleksen

Peratech Limited acquired the business of Eleksen from Deloittes, the appointed administrator of Eleksen plc and Eleksen Limited. Eleksen went into administration in Oct. 2007 after being unsuccessful in raising additional funding needed to realize their ambitious plans for 2008. Eleksen gave a big boost to Wearable Electronic and Interactive Clothing by working with major…

Fibretronic launches CONNECTED-wear Program

Fibretronic made a blazing start into the 2008 Wearable Electronic year with the introduction of the CONNECTED-wear™ program. The uniqueness of this new system from Fibretronic is the separation of the textile component, the keypad that goes into clothing and fashion accessories, from the control electronics, the small box that is talking to the iPod,…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoyed talk2myShirt over the past year, the products we have posted about, the news we reported about from our hot topic: Wearable Electronic and Interactive Textiles. We thank you for visiting our blog, for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year….