IM-Blanky

IM Blanky, blanket with personality

A team at Studio NMinusOne at the University of Toronto’s RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels) developed an amazing smart textile object, the IM Blanky a blanket that knows its state in time and position in space. Being able to know ones position in time and space represents one of the most primitive forms of cognition,…

Future Textiles Summit

Future Textiles is the name of a three-week long event focusing on collecting and communicating knowledge about smart textiles. The Future Textiles summit is hosted by the Knowledge Center for Smart Textiles at TEKO Design + Business, VIA University College, in Herning Denmark. During the summit, Knowledge Centre for Smart Textiles organizes the exhibition ‘Pretty…

Smart Textiles Salon is calling for prototypes

The second edition of the Smart Textiles Salon, an initiative from the University of Ghent, Belgium and Systex, is well under way and accepting project submissions until March 15th. Your project prototype should fit in the scope of the exhibition being textile based or compatible with intelligent textile systems. Documents must be written in English…

High Flying Smart Textiles

A number of initiatives look into the sensible use of smart textiles, sensors embedded into the fabric of life like for medical purpose or evaluation performance in sport activities. Using sensible, smart fabric covered airplane seats for a more comfortable and safer trip on these long distance flights of the future is a new angle…

SYSTEX Smart Textiles Student Award 2010 winner – Active Belt from Kunal Mankodiya

For the second time SYSTEX and the Ghent University called students around the world for smart textile designs and to select the yearly champion. The 2010 winning entry is the Active Belt by Kunal Mankodiya from the Institute for Signal Processing, University of Lübeck, Germany. Active Belt, the award winning project, investigates the longtime use…

Translator shirt

Visionaries at Bayer, a German high tech company directed their research power on photovoltaic according to a recently published press release. The for us noticeable statement can be found towards the end of the press release stating ‘In future, photovoltaic applications could extend far beyond traditional solar modules. One such application could be a “translator…

World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show

The sweet summer holidays are coming to an end for most part of the world it’s time to quickly catch up in the working schedules. To help you get back into the wearable technology event calendar here is a reminder for the upcoming ‘World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show‘ running from Sept. 25…

SYSTEX Smart Textiles Student Award 2010

SYSTEX in connection with Ghent University – Department of Textiles is inviting the wearable electronic community to submit projects for this years SYSTEX Student Award 2010 and Smart-Textiles-Salon 2010. Our extensive coverage about the SYSTEX Student Award 2009 may serve as inspirational source and motivation to participate in this years event. Last years winner was…

Pretty Smart Textiles

Pretty Smart Textiles is the name of an exhibition about and around the latest innovations in eTextiles from Dutch artists and designers including Daan Roosegaarde, Maartje Dijkstra, Meg Grant, Nicky Assmann, Dorith Sjardijn, Melissa Coleman, Heike Sperber, Marina Venendaal, Karina van Heck, Florian Kräutli, Aduen Darriba, Joachim Rotteveel, Anouk Wipprecht, Charlotte ‘t Hart, Evelyn Lebis,…

TecInTex – Technology Integration into Textiles

Wearable technologies or smart textiles are of high interest among the medical community as these technologies promise to enable more accurate monitoring of patients while giving more dignity and convenience to the patients in form of discretely integrated sensors into clothing. Although wearable technology development has made significant steps towards this goal most of the…

Detectair – Air pollution sensing clothing

One of the most interesting aspect of smart, sensible clothing is the integration of sensors that visualize environmental conditions we cant’s see or smell easily or to visualize such parameters to warn us when they reach health threatening levels. The Breathless Corset and the Climate Dress both have sensors that detect and indicate high levels…

iTouch gloves

Just in time at the eve of the iPad launch, new gloves technology could be seen on the MacWorld last week. iTouch gloves are different to all the other touch screen compatible gloves we have seen so far. The iTouch leather gloves don’t have any style interrupting dots or conductive squares that make the fingertips…

Sensible clothing stretches the imagination

Sensible, sensing clothing are a fascinating topic which has got the intention of a highly creative team which integrates Merlin Stretch Sensor into beautifully designed garment to sense the wearers movement. The movement data can then be used for various purposes like interaction with a garments appearance, interaction with other smart sensing garments or interaction…

Smart eTextile Solutions seminar at IFAI 2009

IFAI, the largest trade show in the Americas devoted to technical and specialty fabrics opens the doors between Sept. 23 – 25 in San Diego, CA. Organized as a pre-IFAI event, the Smart eTextile Solutions is taking place on Sept. 22, from 8:30am – 6:30pm Like in the past few years, IFAI continuous to support…

Final agenda for the Smart Textiles Salon

The hard work of the team organizing the Smart Textiles Salon, trying to get the best of the best to offer in the smart textiles arena, has finalized and released the agenda for this event which will be held later this month (Sept 22) in Ghent, a jointed European workshop organized by the European projects…

SysTex rewards students’ work in the field of wearable electronic

SysTex, a European project within the Seventh Framework program for research and technological development in the field of e-textiles and wearable electronics in Europe is organizing the SYSTEX STUDENT AWARD. Eligible for the SYSTEX STUDENT AWARD are thesis’ or projects at European universities, research institutes and companies. The award will be given to the student…

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…

Show your great Smart Textile project

The organizer of the Smart Textiles Salon are still looking for your latest, greatest wearable electronic creation and have extended the dateline for submission of your work. If you have just finished a new project or like to show your exiting demonstrator to a wider audience submit is together with a written abstract of maximum…

TechTextil – the innovative interchange

techtextil, one of Europe’s largest trade fairs around textile innovation will, like in the past few years, cover Smart Textiles, showcasing innovative apparel textiles, future-oriented clothing and visionary prototypes under the slogan ‘the innovative interchange‘. Innovative interchange opportunities are provided not only by visiting the 1000+ exhibitors on the show floor but also in parallel…

Innovations in Textiles 2009

Right after the Smart Fabrics Conference in Rome another highly interesting event around smart textiles takes place on March 18 and 19 at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK. Titled the ‘Innovations in Textiles 2009: Smart, nano and technical textiles for medical, industrial and clothing applications‘ will bring together multiple disciplines and various technologies…

Woven Light by Kathy Schicker

Kathy Schicker, textiles designer, artist and teacher adds a new dimension to illuminated textiles by weaving with light. How does it work? Her light reactive textiles using new and smart yarns that emit, reflect or react to light, including reflective, phosflurescent and photochromic yarns. These were woven using both traditional techniques and advanced technology –…

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…

Show your workout data on Facebook

Two New Zealand companies have developed a merino shirt that promises to revolutionize the way athletes measure, track and share information about their performance. South Island-based sportswear innovation company i-RULE and Auckland-based smart-fabric monitoring company Zephyr Technology combined forces to create the Sputnik shirt, named after the world’s first artificial satellite which means “co-traveler”, “traveling…

Valentine ElectroPUFF Lamp Dimmer

Looking for a unique and creative Valentine gift from the Smart Textile department? If your answer is yes keep on reading. International Fashion Machines Valentine ElectroPUFF™ Lamp Dimmer and, for the creative folks, the Valentine ElectroPUFF™ Craft Kit give light switches a new meaning. The ElectroPUFF™ Lamp Dimmer is a plush touch sensing light switch…

Valentine Day – Give from the Heart for the Heart

NuMetrex offers the perfect Valentine gift under the tag line: Give From The Heart For The Heart. Benefit one: NuMetrex will donate $5.00 to the American Heart Association for every red or razzleberry sports bra purchased during the month of February. The American Heart Association, which organized the National Wear Red Day on February 1…

Power generating clothing charges your iPod in the pocket

A recent article by T3 introduces a highly interesting textile and clothing concept worked out by one of the most innovative and forward thinking design companies: Frog Design. The textile and clothing concept in question can harvest the power everyone is creating with his/her clothing! Yes, you will have experienced the electrical power in our…