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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…

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Top Secret – Nike MAG shoe future arrives

The future finally arrived – at least for the much talked about Nike sneakers Marty McFly in the cult movie ‘Back to the Future Part II‘ had on his feet. Since that movie has been released countless innovators and hackers attempted to bring these shoes back from the future. According to a viral video showing…

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SLIVER cells on the wearable solar power horizon

Researcher at the Australian National University developed what seems a new generation of thin, flexible solar panels called SLIVER Cell. The SLIVER cells are not thicker than a sheet of paper of human hair, making them extremely light weight and flexible. For me the most interesting development is the ‘bifacial’ design meaning these wearable solar…

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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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Networking Garments

According to industry experts and cell-phone manufacturers NFC (Near Field Communication) will become a standard function in the near future for short range wireless communication between portable devices. NFC works on high frequency like Bluetooth but over a shorter range, only a few centimeter and is based on inductive-coupling, where loosely coupled inductive circuits can…

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Take That – video jacket by Moritz Waldemeyer

Besides having cool songs what do have Take That, Will.I.AM, Rhianna, Bono and OK-Go in common? Their light fashion designer Moritz Waldemeyer. Moritz Waldemeyer started to electrify and illuminate the fashion world by cooperating with Fashion design icon Hussein Chalayan back in 2006/07 with the Robotic Dress which was followed by a LED and laser…

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Sound Illuminating Dress

Still in my catch up mode to hunt down interesting material for talk2myShirt I literally stumbled upon a beautiful textile dress made by Chung-Hay Luk and presented at the eTextile and Wearable Computing Showcase last May, the Sound Illuminating Dress. The Sound Illuminating Dress is a cleverly designed strapless dress which made the technology involved…

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ProtoSnap – LilyPad E-Sewing Kit

Sparkfun is continuously expanding their eTextile portfolio to the delight of many eTextile sewing, stitching, knitting, weaving  and soldering fashion hackers. The latest addition is the ProtoSnap LilyPad E-Sewing Kit, a card that contains a LilyPad Coin cell Battery holder, one LilyPad Button and LilyPad Slide Switch and five white LilyPad LEDs. To round up…

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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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Intelligent Bag – Deja Vu

Deja Vu comes from French and means ‘already seen’ (that). This interesting project title has been selected by MIT students Heidi Chen and Nicole Tariverdian for their intelligent bag, the ‘Deja Vu‘. ‘Already seen’ is applied to the situation at which their Deja Vu bag saves the peace of mind of people constantly either forgetting…

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Cyclists discover the Turn-Signal-Jacket

Most of the time talk2myShirt reports about eTextile developments and experiments carried out by creative minds around the globe. Usually these news originate from the experts, from people who invent and experiment. Today’s article is about a group of girls, The ‘Bird Wheel‘ with a passion for cycling ranging from building world class custom frames,…

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Musical Gloves performance by Imogen Heap

British musician, songwriter and singer Imogen Heap performed at the opening of the annual TEDGlobal in Edinburgh/UK, with a pair of high-tech gloves, the ‘Musical Gloves‘, continuing the recent trend of the use of wearable technology by artists to enrich their performance. The ‘musical gloves’ are essentially a high/soft tech musical instrument enabling the artist…

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Fashionable Solar Handbag by Diffus

Let’s start this week energetic with another story on wearable (solar) power after pointing to the latest high-tech research at MIT in the wearable solar power field last Friday and the amazing Diode-solar-cell by Meg Grant. Diffus, a Danish design company who’s work connects culture, aesthetic and technology has designed a gorgeous looking Solar Handbag….

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DIY – textile solar panel

Connecting to yesterdays solar power related article, the summer sun mood many people enjoying right now and the eTextile treasure chest from Meg Grant adds up to an amazing DIY solar cell technique I was really astound when seeing it the first time. Solar power to electricity conversion with the use of naked diodes. Yeah…

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Are we there yet with printing solar cells?

On a fairly regular bases news out of research around solar power by making solar cells more efficient, less expensive and preferable let them attach or print onto any surface pop up in the news. Especially around the sunny summer time such news gain weight as anyone hanging out under the sun these days can…