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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…

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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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Wearable Tech for Cyclists

Since the day Leah Buechley unveiled the Turn Signal Jacket many wearable tech enthusiasts using Leah’s concept as inspirational springboard, adding their own creativity and create safety enhancing features for cyclists. Don’t Break My Heart is a really cool version of a safety feature for cyclists. The heart shaped decal is designed as a self-contained…

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Wearable Tech and Performing Art: the Sound Gloves

Wearable Technologies attract increasingly the attention of performing artists, recognizing the value wearable technology integration into stage outfit offers, adding a new dimension to their artistic performance. The Sound Gloves designed and developed at the Aalto Media Factory’s Wearable Electronics course by Carmen Brecheis, Minna Holkkola, Chi-Hsia Lai demonstrate how wearable instruments like the Sound…

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VEGA 2012 collection – the bright side of fashion

Almost exactly a year ago I had the pleasure to introduce you to the Vega One collection from Canadian clothing designer Angella Mackey. Angella acquired a diverse background such as new media art, electronics, fashion and product design, elements that enable her to create aesthetically delighting, wearable technology enhanced fashion. Her 2012/13 collection, succeeding the…

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Charging up Smart Fabrics with a woven battery

Wearable Power, the seamless, unobtrusive integration of electrical power storage or generation into woven structures – speak fabrics – is a highly active area in wearable tech research and development. A team of scientists at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, Canada led by Maksim Skorobogatiy has joined the race for wearable power with a highly…

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Wearable tech Fitness shirt

2012 will see hyper activity in research and development of smart shirts for sports/fitness apparel – at least this is my view on the ‘killer application’ in wearable tech this year. Smart shirts, having textile sensors integrated that pick up the electrical signals generated by muscle activity like heart rate form the heart muscle or…

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eTextile Valentine DIY by Sparkfun

Looking for a special something for your special someone to give a electrifying Valentine’s Day gift? Here is a tip: Sparkfun is running a Plushbot Class on Saturday Feb 11th at the Sparkfun HQ in Boulder, CO from 9am until 5pm The eTextile class centers around the Plushbot design, which incorporates electronics into stuffed animals…

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The ‘wow’ factor of Textile Illumination

Integrating light elements into clothing never ever fails to attract astonishment and the ‘wow’ effect when unsuspecting people come for the first time in contact with illuminated clothing. I experienced this first hand while working on illuminated textiles, a rewarding feeling for the designer. What puzzles me is why textile illumination has not been more…

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DIY eTextiles – Adafruit Flora

Picking up on my habit featuring DIY infos for the weekend, the recent announcement of Adafruit about the soon to be launched wearable electronic platform called Flora, designed by Limor Fried aka Ladyada, is promising a exiting year ahead for the eTextile community. Flora will be an alternative to the currently available LilyPad, a wearable…

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Antenna clothing

Researcher at the Ohio State University focus on antenna integration into clothing using plastic film and metallic thread. The potential benefit of doing so is the increase of four times of the antenna range compared to a conventional antenna. Currently the textile antenna research is targeted towards smart fabrics for the army enhancing the ‘communication…

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Nike MAG secret unveiled

Just a few hours after our posting about a mysterious video clip showing the Nike MAG in what looked like a testing room, the secret is officially unveiled. It turns out Nike produced 1500 pairs of this futuristic shoe and will auctioning off all of them on eBay (nikemag.eBay.com) starting on Thursday Sept 8th at…