Posture-Suspenders

Smart Posture Suspenders

eTextiles and wearable tech truly inspire people around the globe, innovator and creator of amazingly sensible solutions. Designer, developer and entrepreneur Tobias Sonne designed the Posture Suspenders to solve a problem most of the notebook and iPad swinging folks are confronted with on a daily basis: slouching behind a keyboard, maltreating the spine and muscles…

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Communication glove for deaf-blind persons

We have seen a number of wearable tech enhanced gloves supporting the communication between deaf persons and persons who do not understand well the sign language. Such gloves contain sensors which detect gestures and translate this signals into speech. Researchers Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner and Gesche Joost at the Design Research Lab in Berlin, Germany,…

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Smart Clothing to be Safe@Sea

 Safe@Sea is a European Union funded project looking for solutions to eliminate the high causality rate of fisherman at sea. Fishing is among one of the most dangerous professions especially in bad weather on small boats. Far too often a man goes over board during the battle with the elements. If that happens, a range…

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Future of Protective Clothing: Intelligent or not

Work-wear, garments catering for the specific needs for various professions are to my opinion a prime market for wearable technology adoption. Enhancing the safety and/or productivity of professionals is a huge incentive to embrace any idea, any design that serves these to factors. Life is priceless and higher productivity always justifies investment. Wearable technologies do…

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The world’s longest illuminated skirt

CuteCircuit established itself firmly in the illuminated fashion domain pushing constantly the technological boundaries far out into the future. Founded by Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, CuteCircuit moved from the early days of the Hug Shirt to textile illumination, creating stage-wear for some of the big names in show-biz. Their latest boundary pushing stage-wear outfit…

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Countdown to Smart Fabrics 2012

In less than 2 weeks, on April 17th to be exact, the 8th annual edition of the Smart Fabrics Conference will open it’s doors in Miami, FL The Smart Fabrics Conference is one of the most important event in our wearable tech calendar, a point where leading experts from Research, Academia and Industry meet and…

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Fiber Optic Tapestry

Weaving illuminated fabric using fiber-optic strands can achieve mesmerizing light effects on clothing, accessories and pillows. There are a couple of companies who offer fiber-optic fabrics and ready to wear clothing based on this technology. Fiber-optic strands transfer light from one end of the strand straight out at the other end without loosing much of…

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DIY eTextiles – remote control T-shirt

Are you one of the millions who spend a good deal of time search for that TV remote control? If yes – Designer Rebecca Albrand has a cool solution for you, the Remote Control T-Shirt. Using a Remote control T-Shirt turns yourself into the control master of your TV and I guess you will bring…

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Upcoming Wearable Technology events

Catching up on the Wearable Technology event list here are the upcoming highlights. Eyebeam & MoMA teamed up to present a youth workshop series exploring art that you can perform and wear using the latest in portable, digital innovation. Inspiring eTextile designer will be taught by Diana Eng how to incorporate cutting-edge technology to explore…

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Smart Textile Summer School in Switzerland

The Swiss Textile College is offering this September a two week summer School course on Smart Textiles in Zürich / Switzerland. As one of the leading European institutions for textile research & development, the Swiss Textile College aims to bring together students and professionals from different disciplines to learn the necessary theoretical and practical know-how…

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Adidas Performance Bra with HRM sensor

Adidas is renewing it’s drive into wearable tech with the launch of the Tennis Performance Bra as part of the Stella McCartney collection. The Tennis Performance Bra features besides high performance textiles, integrated sensor patches at the front of the Bra’s band ready to be connected to the HRM sensor from the Adidas miCoach Fitness…

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Electrifying Fabrics

Wearable power is on the top of my search list and each time I stumble across news out of the research kitchen I can not help but to share the latest news. Undeniable, wearable power, using materials that act and look like ordinary fabric that either generates or stores electrical energy will ultimately be THE…

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Cycling in style – Sporty Supaheroe jacket

Light animated cycling apparel are on course to become the latest trend in technology enhanced clothing. The advantage of active-light elements for cycling apparel is a greater visibility at night and with it a much lower risk for cyclists to be over run by a car. UTOPE, a cooperation between Wolfgang Langeder (CEO and Designer…

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Wearable sensing for sport activities

Professional as well as fitness sport apparel look like to become a prime area for wearable technology integration. In the past few month I have seen a increase in research and development activities for integrated sensory functions in sport apparel and accessories. Using ‘smart shirts’ to capture the body condition of athletes is one area…

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eTextile Tutorial – Audience Jacket

One of my favorite wearable tech resources is OCAD’s (Ontario College of Art & Design University) Social Body Lab headed by one of the most prominent persons in the wearable tech space – Kate Hartman, co-creator of the LilyPad XBee and Assistant Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology at OCAD. Examples of the amazing works…

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Wearable Tech and E-Textiles Meetup

Mika Uehara, Co-Founder of SF FASHION+TECH is organizing a ‘Wearable Tech and E-Textiles Meetup‘ for the wearable tech community in and around the SF Bay Area on March 21st from 7-9pm at the TechShop San Francisco. Please follow this link for details and registration, the space is very limited. The ‘Wearable Tech and E-Textiles Meetup’…

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eTextiles How-To guide by Lynne Bruning

As technologist you may know little about thread, sewing and fabric cutting but you want to use your technical knowledge to explore the  eTextile world. As fashion designer and needle craft enthusiast you know everything about fabrics and sewing until you encounter ‘short circuits’, malfunctioning in your eTextile project. Fret no more – Lynne Bruning…

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TeKila Dress

Shipping Toohey, currently working as Design Tutor at the Victoria University of Wellington, designed a light animated dress inspired by alcohol – really, no kidding. While studying different alcohols under a microscope she got fascinated by the geometric color pattern Tequila is exhibiting. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant which grows in red…

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Star light fashion

Jenny, ‘a super newbie to the world of making clothing and work with electronics‘ according to her own assessment, made a super fantastic, star-light animated shirt called Alioth named after a bright white star in the Ursa Major constellation also known as the Big Dipper. I am a fan of simplicity, subtle elegance yet sophisticated…

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Project Runway – the dark light of fashion

Last week’s episode of Project Runway was about ‘electrification’ of fashion indicating that wearable technology awareness slowly enters the world of fashion design. First I was exited to see such prominent placement of wearable tech but after the first few minutes into the show I got hugely disappointed and irritated in the way the ‘innovative…

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DIY – Night Biking Gloves

To increase bikers visibility during evening and night time is attracting highly creative people among the wearable tech community since Leah Buechley published her Turn-Signal-Jacket design which ignited the imagination of wearable tech enthusiasts to come up with creative, fun and highly useful designs. This week’s eTextile DIY introduction is an amazing design that shines…

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Le Chal – wearable navigation for visually impaired

 Le Chal is one of the wearable tech projects I really love. Why? Because their purpose, their reason of being created is adding so much value to parts of the population that needs more help than others: people who lost their eye-sight, the ability to navigate through our complex world most of us take for…

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Haute Technology Laboratory

Wearable Technology research got another boost in form of a $1 million funding from Shima Seiki USA, a leader in 3-D computerized knitting systems, for a ‘Haute Technology Laboratory‘ led by  Genevieve Dion,  Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director at the Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Genevieve Dion’s research…

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Power Felt – a wearable power generator

Imagine your clothing charges all your smart devices by just putting them into a pocket. Imagine you do not have to do anything to generate the electrical power – no need to run around, just sit there and let the magic happen. Sounds like alien technology from the latest SciFi flick but thanks to nano…

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A string of light – LED shoelaces

Soon the great outdoors will warm up, inviting fitness enthusiasts for an after office run or ride on the bike. More often than not this activities take place after sunset because of work schedule or because the more pleasant temperatures after sun-down which means the visibility while running or cycling becomes a safety issue. In…

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LedBAG – light up your life

Back in 2009 talk2myShirt introduced a illuminated bag concept design, the ledBAG from Polish designer Maria Roza Szczepanska. At that time I did not anticipate this cool design concept would grow to a commercialized product any time soon, but I have been proved wrong this time. Roza’s ledBAG made it from the drawing board all…

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The eTextile Lounge at the Maker Faire

One more thing …. Miss eTextile Lynne Bruning invites makers of wearable computing, soft circuits, eTextiles and paper computing to join the eTextile Lounge to share projects, present lectures and host workshops to her eTextile Lounge at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 this May 19th and 20th. For readers not familiar with the eTextile…

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Cotton Transistors

Mastering a truly seamless integration of electronic functionality into fabrics remains a challenge up to this day. Most experiments and design concepts use hybrid solutions ranging form detachable, add-on wearable electronic functionality to semi integrated solutions where part of the electronic elements are fully integrated into the fabric of clothing while part of the function…