Sensible, wearable electronic underpants

We have highlighted many times before the usefulness of wearable technologies in the field of medical care, to improve the living quality of those who need assistance and for the improved service quality of those who take care. Australian based Simavita came up with a solution primarily for the aging population with increased risk of…

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…

Beagle Scarf – medical fashion for Autism

During discussions around wearable electronic a repeated topic is the usefulness or the lack thereof to integrate technical functions into clothing. While usually the debate of function into ‘every-days clothing’ is controversial and full of opinions there is one area where most can connect easily, seeing the benefits and usefulness of textile electronics, the medical…

Data logging Shirt

Sport enthusiasts know that sooner or later discover that parts or their body can not cope with their enthusiasm, leading to dislodged joints and painfully strained extremities. Fortunately, wearable electronic and the inventive mind of Marcus Moche, Alexandra Morgan and David Schmidt, currently students at the Northeastern University College of Engineering, might provide a solution…

The missing link – Bluetooth bracelets

Today we revisit those Bluetooth bracelets that offer the convenience of never missing a cellphone call by giving a gentle, vibrating buzz on the wrist informing us about an incoming call. Missing a phone call is sometimes not a big issue but at times it can have an impact on our love life, work life…

Magical Fairytale Fashion by Diana Eng

Last week’s Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam set a sparkling crown onto Diana Eng‘s extraordinary exploration into technology enhanced fashion. Regrettable I was not able to organize myself in a way to witness this event in person but with the images and videos becoming available I can very well connect to the magical experience Diana’s…

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…

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….

Fairytale Fashion Show

Diana Eng‘s fabulous project Fairytale Fashion which I highlighted last November is reaching it’s final stage, the Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam on February 24, 7-9pm Models will show Diana’s Haute Tech creations to the music from hacked video game consoles. A technology enriched fashion show demonstrating the potential of wearable electronics. The Fairytale Fashion…

weSearch – wearable electronic search engine

Today is a special day for talk2myShirt: we reached our 1000 posting. To celebrate this milestone we  add another, hopefully useful, feature for our reader and members. Looking back to 1000 blog postings also means looking back to countless hours spending with Google, Yahoo and other search engines to hunt down all the news and…

Wearable Electronic event of the year – Smart Fabrics

Over the past few years highly interesting events around wearable electronic emerged or established themselves as a yearly focus point for the wearable electronic community/business. One of the very first wearable electronic events is the Smart Fabrics Conference which first took place in 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. Since that day, Smart Fabrics became THE highlight…

Textile iPod controls going mainstream

While the market of controlling an iPod or iPhone via clothing is spearheaded and dominated by companies like QIO Systems with their PANiQ controller, Fibretronic with CONNECTEDwear and Skullcandy with the AMP’D system it seems the time is near where traditional textile companies add this material to their product portfolio. During my search for news…

CONNECT to the Wearable Electronic community

We welcome 2010 by inviting you to join our talk2myShirt CONNECTION and connect with the Wearable Electronic community. Inspired by discussions and feedback we received in the past year from wearable electronic creators, producers, brands and consumers expressing the wish to link up, to get in touch and connect with people around the world who…

Happy Holidays

Another exiting year comes to an end and we will start our traditional break over the holidays. We thank you for visiting talk2myShirt, we are grateful for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year. Your feedback and input is our motivation and reward. Looking  back the past 12 month, it…

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…

Wearable Synthesis – let your jacket do the talking

Wearable Synthesis is a project created by Akira Wakita, Motohiro Tanji, Sohei Kitada, Midori Shibutani, Masa Inakage, Hiroko Uchiyama at the Keio University, Japan back in 2005. The concept of ‘Wearable Synthesis’ is based on the perception of clothing as a module which in fact most of our clothing is: layers of different clothing for…

Smart Fabrics 2010 conference

The clock started ticking again for the preparations to the 6th Annual Smart Fabrics 2010 conference which will take place from April 14 – 16 in Miami, Florida. Organized by IntertechPira, the Smart Fabrics conference is one of the most important events in the wearable electronic calendar as it combines research, innovation, business and industry….

exChange – networking with eTextiles

Networking is a fix-point of our daily activities. Many of us are members of multiple networking communities to stay in touch with family and friends and to meet new people. Wearable electronic is finding it’s space in the drive to stay connected physically. As clothing is very close to us it is highly suitable to…

Wear your true lifestyle

‘Wear your true lifestyle‘ is a ‘Wearable Senses‘ project from Gordon Tiemstra, student at the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology, with the focus on a combination of teenagers, lifestyle, identity and smart fabrics. Gordon started out by researching the problems teenager encounter with their identity. One of the results of…

Nemo, the experience of pregnancy

Industrial design student Floor Mattheijssen likes to create systems and services around the human body, the body movements and physiology in medical context. Her latest design is a monitoring system for unborn children called NEMO, short for ‘non-invasive electro-physiological monitor for obstetrics‘. NEMO is able to monitor the heart frequency, electrocardiogram of mother and child…

Meaningful wearable electronics

During discussions around wearable electronic I am frequently challenged with the following questions: ‘Why should wearable electronic, clothing that contains some sort of electrically active technology be interesting for consumers? Why not using small electronic devices as we have already, why not using the ‘sexy’ wireless technology to connect different devices in our pockets?‘ Instead…

Visionary clothing

We have covered many times the advantage wearable technologies can bring to us and our clothing by using it’s potential for sensor inclusion as a second skin, extending our sensory ability. A resent development by a team of researchers at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering led by Associate Professor Yoel Fink could add…

EduWear – a Treasure chest full of wearable electronic information

A remarkable collection of wearable electronic information can be found by EduWear, an initiative of the ‘Digital Media in Education‘ research group which is affiliated with the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies at the University of Bremen, Germany. The project receives support from the European Commission with the aim to develop an educational low-cost…

Frauenhofer IZM TexLab – wearable electronic innovation and industrialization

at the begin of this year the Frauenhofer IZM launched the TexLab concentrating it’s competencies and equipment to the integration of electronics into textiles. The involvement of Frauenhofer’s IZM into wearable electronic goes back to 2001 when they started to investigate eTextiles with a strong focus on assembly and reliability. Since then, IZM not only…

Innovative, interactive fashion design from Novanex

During my TechTextil visit I had the opportunity for a short talk with Alexandra Baum, owner and general manager of Germany based Novanex, a design company specialized in design, product development and manufacture of innovative textiles. Although her services are across the fashion business in general she has a high interest and years of experience…

TechTextile trade show impressions

Coming back tired but energized from the great things I have seen around wearable electronic during a full day of walking and talking with interesting people in the smart textile area of the TechTextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, here are my first impressions: The floor area dedicated for wearable electronic has been a bit…

Wearable Electronic workshop: electro-clothing

Nadya Peek, creator of the Caché dress and researcher at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge is heading a series of workshops about wearable technology at Mediamatic. Participants will be working on their own garments, to make it beep when you talk, or light up when somebody touches you. Over four days workshop participants will…

Early pioneers of wearable electronic

Fibretronic, creator and manufacturer of soft controls for interactive clothing and fashion accessories has started a review of wearable electronic, a trend that started about 10 years ago with the introduction of the first commercially available product in 2000 by Levis in cooperation with Philips Electronics, the ICD+ jacket. Although simple in design, prohibitively expensive…