Smart Fabrics 2009 wrap-up

The annually held Smart Fabrics conference organized by IntertechPira is one of the biggest events in the wearable electronic business calendar. This years Smart Fabrics was help in Rome, Italy, the center of the world of fashion. The 2009 edition has seen an expansion in terms of information diversity as well as in the choices…

Wearable Electronic science – hardware made soft

Traditional electronic components are stiff and rigid which makes them not only ‘unwearable’ when integrated into textile but also ‘unusable’ as those components will be damaged when bended. Much efforts are spend into softening traditional hardware to allow smart electronics enter new application areas to improve our life and lifestyle. e-Textile technologies usually start out…

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…

Wearable Electronic Science

Researcher from the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium and its associated laboratory at Ghent University presented this week during the Smart Systems Integration Conference in Brussels their newly developed UTCP (ultra-thin chip package) technology which can be seen as a big boost towards fully integrated, complex electronic into textiles. UTCP allows the integration of…

Wearable Technology on its way into International Cricket

I have to admit I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to Cricket but the following story from the Cricket world got my attention: In a recent move, Cricket Australia slapped a ninety days ban on its fast bowler Aaron Bird on the charge of illegal bowling action. In another move, International cricket council,…

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….

Interactive Fashion year 2009

Welcome back to talk2myShirt which is running on a new, bigger and faster server to serve you our dear reader in 2009 fully energized and ready to take on the opportunities and challenges of 2009. Before looking into the wearable electronic crystal ball to check out what 2009 will have in the Interactive Fashion store…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We hope you enjoyed reading talk2myShirt over the past year, the products we have posted about, the news we reported about and the creative projects presented from visionaries, students and DIY enthusiasts. We thank you for visiting our blog, for the many tips, contributions and encouragements we received throughout the past year. Your feedback and…

New books about Wearable Electronic

While ordering my copy of Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sewby Alison Lewis which started shipping two days ago I stumbled upon two other upcoming books from Diana Eng due to be launched in the first quarter of 2009. The first one is TechStyle: Create Wired Wearables and Geeky Gear in cooperation with…

Interactive fashion from Argentina for the digital lifestyle

Argentine clothing line Indarra DTX created an impressive collection of Interactive apparel ranging from iPod controlling jackets and pants to cellphone charging jackets. Fashion Designer Julieta Gayoso, founder of Indarra DTX said that technology has become today such an important part of life that it is necessary to be available with a person everywhere. Her…

Temperature Sweater

Fitting perfectly into the unstable autumn weather most of us facing right now is the Temperature Sweater, a creation from Despina Papadopoulos, founder of Studio 5050. The cozy fleece sweater has in each sleeve a temperature display, one for Celsius and one for Fahrenheit so you don’t have to struggle converting from one unit to…

Wearable Posture Monitoring

One of the most ‘sensible’ wearable electronic concepts I have seen is the Wearable Posture Monitoring vest from Lucy Dunne. Spending every day a lot of the time behind the desk and hammering around the keyboard like many others are doing nowadays, the body posture changes from energetic in the morning to almost melting in…

Design for Wearability

Digging around in our library I found an interesting report from the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University on Design for Wearability. This research has been done ten years ago and is a excellent guide for designers, students and hobbyists who want to find the best place to integrate technical elements into…

Beijing Olympics opening with light suits

I just can’t pass this over: Chinese men wearing suits with lights during a full dress rehearsal which was conducted under a cloak of secrecy ahead of one of the most anticipated summer Olympic Games of all times. Didn’t the Chinese invent the fireworks many thousands years back? Maybe the Light Suits are their latest…

New style for talk2myShirt

Our frequent readers of talk2mySirt have noticed we have change the style of our blog. We did keep the base character the same but made a ‘fresher’, ‘brighter’ look and feel. Our motivator behind the style change is to make browsing through our growing information data base as easy and convenient as possible. We moved…

Wireless PTT Glove

Oskar Palinko, a grad student at the University of New Hampshire is working on an interesting project: a glove based input for in-car speech interface. The wireless PTT (push-to-talk) glove has buttons inserted under the fingertips of the index finger and the thumb. These buttons activate when index finger and thumb are pressed together an…

‘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…

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…

Weaving and knitting with light – LED dress from Mary Huang

Student designer Mary Huang from the Design|Media Arts department at UCLA shows a unique way to integrate light into clothing radiating a mystical, sensual aura around the wearer of the dress. Her LED dress is a combination of woven cotton jersey and hand-crocheted flowers. About two dozen bright white LEDs are embedded in the dress…

Stress measuring vest

We are all stressed at some point just how stressed, we can’t quantify objectively. This will change very soon according a press release from Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration when the textile stress sensor vest becomes reality. From sports training to computer games, our garments will register the electrical excitation of the muscles at any…

Upcoming book: Switch Craft by Alison Lewis

ALISON LEWIS the producer and host of SWITCH, an online blog that showcases technology as modern, crafty, fun, and fashionable is working on a book called ‘Switch Craft – Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew‘ due to be on sale on October 28, 2008. Alison has worked as an electronic textile designer at DuPont and…

Book review: Fashionable Technology

It took some time to finally sit down to give you the view of talk2myShirt on the latest and greatest book about wearable electronic: Sabine Seymour‘s ‘Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology’. It’s a page turner and extensive resource for inspiration in the field of technology meets fashion – or the…

Amazing littleBits

littleBits is an amazing concept of electronic modules enabling people with little electronic knowledge to create complex electronic systems. The littleBits concept is a library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Different electronic functions like switches, power modules, USB connector, sensors, LEDs are designed as small as possible to allow easy integration…

360 vision – Hard-Wear Jacket from Paul Coudamy

Humans have an almost 180-degree forward-facing field of view where over a range of 140 degree, called of binocular view, we can perceive depth and the rest of the 180 degrees goes to peripheral recognition. Our back (side) is usually not covered and that’s where the danger usually waits, be it in from of an…

Project Walkway – eight girls hack their shoes

Girls of all ages are fascinated by shoes. There can never ever be enough shoes in the closet. Every occasion needs the perfect matching footwear. What do we get if girls take electronics and upgrade their shoes? – Project Walkway where eight teenage girls learned to mix technology with fashion. Project Walkway spanned 6 weeks…