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Laser fashion – may the force be with you

I was watching Star Wars over the weekend, got fascinated (again) with the laser thing and looked around if I can find a match between laser and clothing. Sure enough I hit a laser activated T-Shirt called the LazerShirt. The LazerShirts is the invention of the LazerShirts Team who has successfully run a Kickstarter project…

Fashion meets Technology by Tine Beez

How technology can enhance fashion design has been nicely demonstrated by Tine Beez, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with her ‘Fashion meets Technology‘ active wear collection unveiled last May. The inspiration of her collection is drawn by the mountaineering legend George Mallory, using natural fiber combined with cutting edge…

Wearable technology for Improved Social Interaction

Designer, artist Lauren McCarthy, currently an MFA student in the UCLA Design / Media Arts program developed ‘Tools for Improved Social Interacting‘, a series of wearable devices that use sensors to condition the behavior of the wearer to better adapt to expected social behaviors. An interesting design concept that uses technology enhanced clothing to assist,…

Love Shirts

The month of May is often associated with Love like ‘love is in the air’ when nature awakes finally from the winter hyper-nation and starts it’s new love-life cycle. What better time could there be to introduce another project from the AiQ Smart Clothing Design Contest in Taiwan, the Silver Wing Award winning Love Shirt…

Neighbourhoodie – the coolest gaming accessory for iPhone and iPod touch

I am always fascinated by innovative design concepts that merge our virtual existence with the physical space in which we live, especially if it includes technology enhanced clothing. A team of designer formed at the Canadian Film Centre, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program, Kathleen Climie, Rose Bianchini and David McCallum created the ‘Neighbourhoodie’, a hoodie…

Tactile vest for virtual shooting reality

The integration of actuators into clothing to give tactile / physical feedback triggered by real or virtual world events is a frequently used topic among technology enhanced clothing concept designs. Saurabh Palan, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, uses a haptic interface integrated into the Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) designed for FPS (First…

AwareFashion visualizes our invisible connections

Richard Etter, Diana Grathwohl and Sigmund Homolya created AwareFashion, clothing that senses and visualizes today’s invisible, digital layer of wireless networks that surround us wherever we are. AwareFashion’s concept is based on the idea to visualize the digital environment we are living with, which surrounds use. All the radio waves, be it radio or TV…

Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie

Conway’s Game of Life has been explored before in wearable electronic by Leah Buechley or Elizabeth Fuller, showing random light pattern on dresses or jackets based on the rules of the Game of Life. The starting point of the artificial life form comes in these examples from a random number generated by a micro chip….

Compass Vibro Anklet – North Paw

North Paw is an anklet that tells the wearer which way is North. The anklet holds eight cellphone vibrator motors around the ankle. A control unit containing an electronic compass senses magnetic north and turns on and off the motors. At any given time only one motor is on and this motor is the closest…

Interactive clothing gives goose bumps

No other product we own comes closer to our body, our skin sensory feelings than clothing and no other personal communication is more intimidate than a soft touch that triggers goose bumps or sends a tickle along the spine. Combining both, Lina Saleem, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IZM, designed the Hap.tickle GREETING dress which…

Twitter Fashion

Twitter, one of the hottest social networking tools which created communities via 140 character lines looks like to become a favorite for the wearable electronic community as well. A few short years ago, we all where happily writing lots of emails to our friends, then came Facebook to link up and expand our network. With…

The touch sensitive S-Dress

The S-Dress is another interesting wearable electronic concept design I found recently. Made by Suzan Ereslan for her final project at the Interactive Telecommunications Project at NYU in 2006. Suzan derived the S-Dress name from Estrus, the swelling and reddening of the female genitals to indicate mating readiness to the male of the species. The…

Sound reactive nightgown

Voice activation is a function electronic devices like cell phones, GPS units and computer include in their feature list to make it more convenient to interact with them but clothing? Yes, clothing too, at least this is what Sarah Soriano, a new media artist with a love to electrify garments is proposing with the sound…

Kinetic Dress by Kerry Jia Yi Lin

We love to transform ourselves by selecting our clothing carefully according the lifestyle, the belonging or the mood we want to represent. Clothing that transforms itself based on our ever changing mood swings or social needs must be the ultimate solution for our desire to change outfit: Instant reaction on changes and taking away the…

Interactive fashion Spring 2010

Canadian fashion brand KILLA is opening the 2010 interactive fashion season with the launch of the Spring collection which once again demonstrates the dedication and leadership of KILLA and their brand ARCHITECT in technology enabled street wear. A selection of gorgeous looking sweater and hoodies make use of the eTextile based keypads of QIO Systems…

Spyder Destroyer Jacket with sound control

Spyder is one of the brands making use of the Skullcandy wearable electronic system we posted about a few days ago. The Spyder Destroyer Jacket is available in the colors black and red-white with a Skullcandy electronics compatible exterior. Integrated into the jacket is a flexible keypad and the eTextile cable system which provides a…

Rockin jackets from Columbia Sportswear

The last time I blogged about Columbia Sportswear‘s techno clothing collection I was ‘wondering’ what comes next after their launch of heated boots, heated jackets and the music super charged backpack. Now we know – Columbia Sportswear added the Rockin Out jackets for men and women. The Rockin Out jackets have of course the technology…

Have you already activated your jacket?

Skullcandy, formed in 2003 with the goal of designing audio player accessories that fit into an active action sports lifestyle seems to me is up to (r)evolutionize the audio accessory business with their new range of wearable technology modules. The AMP’D Music System includes a 2 watt amplifier, two wearable speaker modules, an iPod and…

Old tradition merged with eTextile technology – the LED Kimono

Miya Masaoka, American born musician, composer and sound artist of Japanese descent is a master of the 17-string Japanese Koto zither who loves to enrich her musical performances with sometimes unusual elements like the movement of insects or the physiological response of plants. Her latest sound experience enhancing creation is the LED Kimono which interacts…

Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket with iPod control from Zoo York

Zoo York‘s range of apparel which are inspired by the New York City graffiti art and skateboarding culture jumped on the interactive fashion skateboard trend and released the limited edition, iPod controlling Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket. Featuring the PANiQ eTextile control system from QIO Systems, the Dr. Z Windbreaker jacket comes in black, has waterproof…

Interactive fashion by KILLA

Canadian interactive fashion house KILLA keeps on expanding it’s range of audio apparel with the launch of the ‘Dillinger Varsity‘ jackets for women and men. The Dilliger Varsity is using QIO systems PANiQ eTextile technology which consists of a fabric based control area in the sleeve of the jacket and connects to a range of…

Technology enabled hoodie from PANiQ

PANiQ, the wearable electronic brand from QIO Systems is offering a good looking, promotional hoodie at their online store for a reasonable low price of just $69.99 excluding a PANiQ module which can be picked up in another store section starting at $19.99 for the iPod/iPod touch but there is a range of other modules…

Ecko Unlimited Audio Hoodie

New York urban brand, Ecko Unlimited, has joined the growing fashion segment technology enabled clothing by introducing to their fall/winter 09 clothing range the Audio Hoodie. The Audio Hoodie uses Fibretronic‘s CONNECTEDwear keypad controller integrated in the sleeve and comes with the iPod control module but it is compatible with the full range of CONNECTEDwear…

Sailing jacket with iPod control

One of UK’s biggest action sports company Gul joined the technology enhanced apparel market with the introduction of the Limited Edition Coastal Vigo iPod Control Jacket as part of their range of sailing apparel. The interactive jacket features QIO Systems textile control area on the jackets sleeve and comes with the PANiQ iPod control module….

Reggae Bluetooth snowboard jacket

European outdoor brand Oxbow is launching the Reggae Bluetooth snowboard jacket as part of their autumn/winter 09/10 collection. The jacket uses Fibretronic‘s five function keypad together with the Bluetooth Music Phone Controller which is compatible with all mobile phones with stereo Bluetooth capability. The jacket allows to make and receive phone calls via the sleeve…

FMF Element Ride Jacket – motorcycle jacket connects to iPod

Motorbike fans can now chose to spice up their clothing with soft touch controls on the sleeve to connect to personal electronic devices like iPod, iPhone or other MP3 player or cellphones. US brand FMF Racing launched the ‘Element Ride Jacket‘ equipped with Fibretronic‘s CONNECTEDwear technology and iPod control module. If you don’t have an…

Have you already upgraded your jacket to version 2.0?

Finally there is a solution available for everyone who want’s to upgrade his / her favorite piece of clothing to technology enabled Fashion 2.0 to play in sync with the many electronic lifestyle items in our pockets: iPhone or BT cellphone or iPod. A company called RNK Distributing is marketing a product called the ‘My…