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Wearable Technology – the Past and the Present

Until recently there has been one topic on the agenda  of every Wearable Technology conference on the planet: the search for the “Killer Application in Wearable Electronics”. It appears this question has been partially answered for now with the emergence of Fitness Bands, Fitness Tracker and Smart Watches. These products generated a great amount of…

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Rebooting talk2myShirt

Hello and welcome back. It has been over 2 years since I last updated talk2myShirt. During this time I have not been idle, on the contrary, I have been involved in a (large) number of projects revolving around Wearable Technology. My work has been challenging at times but  highly interesting and privileged to be part of teams…

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e-Wearable Platform

Apparel fitted with sensors detecting, recording and analyzing movement, physiological data from the wearer or environmental parameters like location, moisture and temperature, light or chemical substances in the air – all these represent vital and interesting  information in many different application for professional and leisure use. Wearable technology in form of sensing apparel triggers sheer…

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Wearable Sports Tech

Some athletes at the Olympic Games demonstrate how technology could become a part of athletic preparation and performance enhancement. Olympic team GB gymnast Mimi Cesar used during her game preparation a haptic feedback system, the MotivePro, a ‘Vibrating Suit’ developed at the Visualization Research Unit at Birmingham City University. MotivePro was initially designed as sensor…

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The Intersection of Fashion and Technology

 SFFT – short for SF Fashion+Tech is a newly formed organization with the aim to promote and support start-up activities at the intersection of fashion and technology in the SF Bay Area. While research and development of wearable technologies has gathered momentum thanks to the appealing interest, very promising outlook of wearable tech and last…

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The cool side of RFID tagged apparel

A while ago RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging of apparel has been a literally hot item which soon cooled down rapidly. RFID tagging of apparel using woven or embroidered RFID antenna typically on labels of apparel would allow a wireless logistic control from production floor to inventory control at the shops. The potential risk of…

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Pulse Sensor – wearable heart-rate sensor for Arduino

The Pulse Sensor is a plug-and-play ready component that hooks up to the Arduino platform which opens a ton of possibilities to incorporate biometric data into wearable electronic designs thanks to it’s very small form factor. The creator of the Pulse Sensor, Joel Murphy and Yury Gitman, set up a Kickstarter account to get the…

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Stock Market Lingerie

Stock Markets are in the spotlight today more than usual so I thought to look for something fitting to all the Stock Market talk but of course with a wearable technology touch. To my surprise and thanks to a fabulous wearable tech project from emerging artist Erin Lewis, currently studying Integrated Media and Wearable Technology…

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The Printing Dress – Wearable technology by Microsoft

Considering the high attention wearable technology attracts lately it is not surprising that big and mighty companies like Microsoft, and I am sure other companies in the same league, are busy to explore the possibilities and opportunities of wearable technology. Jennifer Darmour at electricfoxy.com managed to have a sneak-peek at the Microsoft  Research Center and…

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Reporting back to duty on talk2myShirt

Reporting back to duty on talk2myShirt after some forced out-time on my side. I missed the daily blogging, hunting down the latest and greatest inventions but most of all, staying in touch with the community. But the dark ages are over and I am happy to be back into the sunny side of wearable technology….

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Haute Tech turns the Light on

‘Haute Tech': Turning the Lights On is the headline of a recent article in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times, featuring the fashion illumination designs by Moon Berlin, a Haute Tech fashion design house founded by Brigitte Franken and Christian Bruns. It looks to me as wearable illumination technology is putting…

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A sparkling fashion future

The fascination, the desire to add sparkle to clothing has a long history going back decades if not centuries of fashion design. Throughout fashions history designer came up with ideas to add different materials to their designs, materials that reflect light and add emotional as well as style sparkle to our wardrobe. Thanks to the…

FashionWare on stage at the SXSW exhibition

Syuzi over at Faschioning Technology is very busy organizing the first major event in wearable technology of 2011, the FashionWare SXSW exhibition on March 18th and 19th in Austin, Texas. The FashionWare show will bring on stage the most advanced and beautiful wearable tech garments of today. Here is a short list of some of…

modwells – wearable Wellness and Fitness assistant

Smart-phones added a new dimension to our lifestyle by offering an App = solution for almost everything imaginable and if there is no App yet – it will be made soon. Increasingly, these smart pocket devices connect to all kind of peripherals like sensors, extending our sensibility towards the environment and even our body beyond…

Under Armour Electronic shirt

talking 2 your Shirt is becoming soon a reality thanks to the latest wearable technology innovation from Under Armour, a company founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, with the dedication of creating innovative performance apparel for men, women and youth. The E39 electric shirt with integrated sensors and attachment…

Wearable Technology on talk2myShirt

Regular reader of talk2myShirt will have noticed the long silence at this space. This is not caused by a lack of information and updates on wearable technology but related to my inability to manage my time between increasing workload on wearable tech projects I have running and spending time to update talk2myShirt. To cut a…

Workshop – Where Electronics Meet Textiles

Back after a blogging break caused be work overload the past few weeks and a energetic start into 2011. The first blog entry for this year is the upcoming workshop ‘Where Electronics Meet Textiles‘ arranged by eTextile guru Lynne Bruning at Sparkfun headquarters. The two day workshop help on Saturday Jan 15th and Sunday Jan…

Job opportunity: PhD position for wearable technology

The Department of Industrial Design (ID) of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) is looking to fill a PhD position working on bridging smart textile design with interactive product design. This position is situated within the theme of Wearable Senses and the Designing Quality in Interaction group (DQI). The theme of Wearable Senses applies the mission…

Taiwan eTextile Fashion Show

The Shih Chien University in Taipei is worldwide one of the most active places around wearable technology, nurturing and educating aspiring fashion technology designer in the art of wearable technology. Earlier this year we have posted about the students at the very same University who envision a invisibility dress making the wearer invisible with the…

VJacket – a wearable controller for live video performance

The use of wearable technology for performance wear on stage is one of the driving forces in the exploration of wearable technologies. The VJacket is a great example on how to integrated a performers motion on stage to manipulate videos and sounds in real-time. Built into the jacket are bend, touch and hit sensors which…

THINK – a stylish view into the future of fashion

I have to disclose first: I am contributing to THINK Magazine, an innovative and stylish  online magazine covering the beautiful things of life like art, design, fashion and technology. You guessed it – my contribution is mostly about wearable technology. The latest issue of THINK Magazine relates almost entirely to the future perspective of fashion,…

eTextile and wearable tech meetup with Lynne Bruning

The folks of Dorkbot PDX who’s mission is to do ‘strange things with electricity‘ are hosting an eTextile and wearable tech meetup with Lynne Bruning the coordinator of the Maker Faire eTextile fashion shows and designer of amazing eTextile fashion and technologies. Lynne will bring some of her fabulous designs to show and talk about…

Sensible Music by Stefan Zwegers

The Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology is currently running the ID’10 showcasing the work of the Master’s graduates plus a selection of Bachelor’s and Master’s projects. Some of the exhibits on stage are highly interesting from the wearable technology point of view. ‘Sensible Music‘ from Stefan Zwegers, a name talk2myShirt…

Balancing vest

Researchers at UCLA’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) developed a vest containing accelerometers across the shoulders and pneumatic balloon actuators to provide a portable, wearable aid for people who lost their sense of balance due to injury or disease and have to learn again how to walk. Their vest measures how the…

Subtle Subtitles Scarf

Blending technology with clothing generate amazing innovative ideas like the one I am going to introduce today: the Subtle Subtitles Scarf designed by Calum Pringle, Interactive Media Design student at Dundee University. Calum’s motivation for the Subtitles Scarf which is currently in the ‘experience prototype’ phase is to provide the occasional subtitle, in real time,…

iFashion – Apple hires wearable technology expert

Apple, one of the most innovative companies in modern history with an excellent track record of turning traditional business up-side-down seems to have set their eyes on the next business to transform: Fashion The resent announcement circling around the Internet of Apple hiring a wearable technology expert in the person of Richard DeVaul could mean…

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Air pollution is one of the headaches that comes with our lifestyle where almost everyone has a car which clog up the air in our cities. At days the pollution is getting so bag it almost suffocates us. A radical wearable electronic concept to assist us in suffocating – or make breathing difficult when the…

Wearable Technologies Conference at ISPO Winter 09

For the third time the Wearable Technologies Conference 2009 as part of the ISPO Winter 09 will take place on February 2nd in Munich, Germany. The focus of this years WT conference will be on Monitoring in Fitness, Sports and Health care, Power Supply in Wearable Technologies and Fashion and Sports design for Wearable Technologies….