Interactive performance wear – Aural Aura

I am fascinated from the Aural Aura concept since I have discovered it a few days ago. Fascinated because of the conceptional idea of Aural Aura which aims to unite sound, color and dance fluidly to create a magical audible and visual aura around the performer. The designer of Aural Aura is Sofia Paraskeva, a…

Torsolovely – memory rich, interactive clothing

The story behind Torsolovely is as amazing as the design idea behind it. Torsolovely is a jacket designed to record touching experiences throughout the day and play back those moments from the past. Created by Andrea Lauer, a costume designer and multimedia artist focusing on the intersection of clothing and technology. The lovely story behind…

Metallica M4 Jacket with Speakers and iPhone connection

Metallica, the biggest selling heavy metal band in the world is the latest example of how music artist’s embrace wearable technologies joining the likes of Madonna, Bono, Kanye West or OK GO to name a few. A partnership between Metallica and Sessions, a leading snowboard and action sports company selling high-performance snowboard apparel and accessories…

Feel the beat with the Thumping Thread vest

The Thumping Thread vest, winning entry of University of Michigan‘s ‘Feel the Music‘ competition, is a excellent wearable electronic concept addressing the limitation deaf and hearing-impaired people face when it comes to their musical experiences or the lack of it. ‘Feeling the beat’ will allow deaf or hearing-impaired people to get into the rhythm, feel…

Interactive clothing made in Sweden

Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles and FOV Fabrics AB in Borås loves to combine technology and textiles to create smart, interactive clothing. Her love started at the turn of the millennium when she dismantled two interactive products, among them an intelligent glove, capable of transmitting communication. This experience and the following…

Interactive Fashion Hoodies from KILLA

Canada’s innovative fashion label KILLA launched their latest and hippest interactive fashion collection, the SWITCH hoodies. KILLA interactive clothing uses QIO Systems e-textile controls in soft, lightweight hoodies to bring iPod ready clothing into the city life style. Until now interactive jackets have been mostly introduced in the winter outdoor segment for snow boarding, skiing…

Interactive clothing – Stress relieve via Facebook

Interactive clothing seems to play a key role when it comes to blur the line between online and offline identities, between the physical and virtual world. Numerous concepts have been developed over the past years, becoming more advanced and more realistic than ever. This is partly because the wearable technology advance rapidly and partly because…

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…

Fibretronic connects fashion with Apple Inc

Great news for owner of interactive clothing and bags fitted with the Fibretronic CONNECTED-wear system. A brand new module is on it’s way to the stores promising great value for a few bucks. The new IPLX module connects via the headphone connector to the iPod and iPhone and not via the dock connector. To our…

Wearable Electronic events in The Netherlands

Rotterdam based V2_ ‘Institute for the Unstable Media’, will host coming May highly interesting events around Wearable Electronic. On May 16-17 Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (aka KOBAKANT) will give a two-day workshop on DIY wearable technology.  The workshop will put the emphasis on DIY techniques and performing arts and is aiming to provide participants…

Moda Milano – Catania iPod Jacket

Former Italian Davis Cup Champion Sergio Tacchini launched Moda Milano in 2007 as a premium elitist range for sports apparel and footwear inspired by the 80’s fashion style. The Catania Retro Track-top iPod Jacket with Embroidered Sergio Tacchini logo on the chest, front zip fastening, ribbed collar, cuffs and hem and an outer shell  with…

Small price for Big boys – iPod Bomber jacket

Republic, a UK high street retail chain launched last year under their hip and hot style brand ‘Crafted‘ the iPod Bomber jacket constructed with metallic yarn to give it a unique crinkled appearance and designed for the urban streetwear market, cool and gorgeous looking. The jacket uses Fibretronic’s ‘ConnectedWear‘ audio control technology and works with…

Interactive jacket lets you feel the virtual world

Philips Electronics is on the forefront in research and development when it comes to blur the line between physical and virtual world. Extending the visual range beyond the boundary of a TV screen, ‘AmbiLight‘ is one example how to extend the sreen world. The ‘amBX‘ system is another technology where ‘rumbles and wind effects’ are…

iPod Shuffle and the need for more interactive clothing

Triggered by the recent release of Apple’s new iPod Shuffle with it’s size barrier breaking and usability paradigm shifting design by eliminating every button on the device I revisited my presentation I gave 5 years ago on my view of miniaturization and wearable electronics. Electronic products get smaller with every new generation and at the…

Second skin sense – Taiknam Hat

Ricardo Nascimento, Ebru Kurbak and Fabiana Shizue, students of the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria, created an interesting interactive clothing item which is ‘feather rising’ literally and figuratively. Their project, the Taiknam Hat is a kinetic head-wear that reacts and animates in accordance with the changes in its surrounding medium wave radio signals. Taiknam Hat is an…

Interactive Fashion bargain

At time where money supply is tight, getting some savings is always good news. We have been looking around for bargain prices for high tech fashion and our first choice is the Jansport Power Jacket for men. This soft shell jacket resists light precipitation which might just be ready to welcome spring 2009. The Power…

Stay connected with Rome Snowboards jackets

Rome Snowboards, a young, dynamic and innovative company founded in 2004 sets itself away from the pack by putting design at top priority into their snowboard range as well in their outerwear designs. The tech outerwear collection for this winter season includes the men’s ‘Vagrant‘ jacket and the women’s ‘Swagger‘ jacket both incorporating Fibretronic‘s joystick…

CONNECTEDwear interactive fashion

Fibretronic introduced last year the CONNECTEDwear system that allows consumer to mix and match their interactive clothing with any and every function needed. This system together with ‘CONNECTEDwear ready’ clothing makes the reuse of the electronic part of interactive clothing beyond the current fashion season possible as the electronic part usually will last longer and…

O’Neill launched the NavJacket

What better, bigger start into the new wearable electronic year could there be as to announce the availability of the ‘king of interactive clothing’ the long awaited NavJacket from O’Neill. The NavJacket is not only cool, it is uber cool as this sophisticated jacket comes with an sophisticated social networking tool that allows the uploading…

Interactive maternity clothing – Kickbee

Expectant father Corey Menscher attracted quite some interest with his recently project called Kickbee to connect to his unborn baby during the pregnancy of his wife. The Kickbee is a wearable device made of a stretchable band and embedded electronics and sensors. Piezo sensors are attached directly to the band, and transmit small but detectable…

Feel the nature – Wearable Forest

Wearable Forest, created by Ryoko Ueoka, Hiroki Kobayashi and Michitaka Hirose from the University of Tokyo, a dress that interacts bio-acoustically with a remote forest. The dress interacts with the distant wildlife that could be at any place in the world through a wireless link to the internet streaming real time sounds to the dress….

Girl power – 3rd Space gaming vest in Pink

TN-Games, the maker of the interactive gaming vest that let you feel the punch you get in a game has added a pink version to their range of otherwise masculine and military look of their 3rd Space Gaming Vest. The military look does not appeal to everyone, especially less likely to girls even when they…

Drum T-Shirt

We just covered some new interactive T-Shirts but there is ‘one more thing’: the Drum T-Shirt is pushing the limits of interactive clothing into new a new dimension. ThinkGeek has proven in the past to think geek out-of-the-box when it comes to funky, innovative T-Shirts. The latest T-Shirt invention, the Electronic Drum Kit Shirt, transforms…

Interactive T-Shirts

T-Shirts with EL (Electroluminescent) displays have come a long way. What started out as novel idea with only very few variations to choose from has evolved into a colorful and variation rich segment. There are millions of different designs available to be used to send specific message of the wearer out to the world. The…

S.A.D – Heat sensitive T-shirt

S.A.D stands for ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ or also known as winter depression, is a mood disorder whose sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter when it is darker and less sunshine. I think I am not suffering from SAD but I do like to be…

Back to Schoolwear – iPod enabled jackets

UK’s high street retailer, Marks and Spencer, launched interactive blazer and winter coats for girls and boys looking for a cool outfit for the coming School year. The Marks and Spencer 2008 Back to School collection is for the first time offering in the interactive fashion sector girl and boy cuts in different styles. It’s…

Celio Club Suit – interactive fashion

Celio, a men’s ready-to-wear fashion brand from France is launching the Celio Club Suit, an iPod compatible mens extending their innovative collection of sports and casual wear, a masculine yet relaxed fashion style of its city-wear range, Celio Club. The Celio Club Suit will be the third iPod ready mens suit after Marks and Spencer…

Xara iPlay iPod Warm-up Jacket

Want to carry your iPod in style and let your jacket take control over it? The Xara iPlay iPod Warm-up Jacket might be interesting for you. As unique, sporty and fashionable as the iPlay iPod Warm-up Jacket is as unique is the company which produces this jacket. Xara is a high quality soccer clothing brand…

Fibretronic launched a new soft keypad

The choice for interactive apparel manufacturer is expanding with Fibretronic‘s new control interface the FTXS series for wearable electronic products like clothing and soft goods. The new keypad technology is an extra soft version of Fibretronic’s silicone keypad for wearable audio, mobile phone and communication product controls. The keypad uses Fibretronic’s patented ‘double-bridge’ contact switch…