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High-tech costume for Belly Dancer

A recent trend in the show-biz points towards high-tech outfits for artists wearing technology enriched stage-wear to attract visual attention and enhance their performance during the show. Loretta Faveri student at OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design University) goes beyond and above the usual visual effects with her version of a Belly Dance costume…

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Wearable TV with the Video Coat

The Video Coat from David Forbes is the ultimate wearable display hack I came across so far. Many artists and Haute Tech designers embrace the idea of animating clothing with light effects and images. Having worked myself in this field intensively for a couple of years I know how challenging this endeavor is, what hard…

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Revealing the Secret Keeper Glove

Everyone loves secrets – who doesn’t? Having secrets is the spice of life. Revealing secrets is even more exiting than keeping one – it’s a sweet feeling to lift the lid on a secret. So what’s all about my secret talking? Meg Grant, freelance web developer and eTextile enthusiast explored over the past 2 years…

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Fingual – finger language translator glove

Talking with hands often refers to people who spice up their spoken words with generous gestures to hammer out the point they like to make. Talking with hands is first and foremost a important communication form for people who unfortunately lost their hearing capability. There are other hand communication forms like people who spice up…

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Art, Fashion and Technology by Ying Gao

Ying Gao is a fashion designer and professor of design at UQAM from the Université du Québec presents her latest collection that includes 3 interactive, intelligent garments at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec between June 9th and August 28th 2011 The garments respond to sound, motion or light by changing their shape and…

Mind blowing – eardrum bursting Speaker Vest

The world of fashion design always welcomes the irrational, the provocative side of creativity unlike technology which loves to be strict, definable and playing along the rules and laws. Where does this leaves us when we talk about wearable, fashionable technology? Maybe something like the Speaker Vest with 8″ Sub-woofer created by Joe Andolina a…

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talk2myShirt becomes wearable

Thanks to the fantastic WordPress plug-in WP Touch you can now view talk2myShirt on the go with one of your smart phones as long as it has a touch screen, be it the iPhone, Android powered devices or Blackberry touch screen models. WP Touch makes it a breeze to create a smart layout for smart…

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Cellphone charging on the go

Getting an unlimited stream of power for smart pocket devices while on the go is on top of the wish-list of billions, regardless where one lives, in the urban jungle or in the forest jungle. Wearable power, how to make good electrical use of all the kinetic energy people generate as by-product while going, running…

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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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Powertex gives power mobility a new meaning

A group of students at the Aalborg University in Denmark won the ‘Future Textiles International Prize Competition 2011′ for their design of a fabric capable to charge any mobile device by just placing the device on that futuristic textile. Called Powertex, industrial design students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang aim…

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Smart glove is looking for investors

Adding audio control and cell phone navigation to gloves is not an entirely new idea, we have seen many concept designs and a few commercial ski gloves from various brands over the past few years doing that. Even gloves that make phone calls came along but none of these products made a real dent in…

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eTextile and wearable computing Showcase at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011

On Saturday May 21st at 3:00PM fashion designers, engineers and the immensely growing nubbier of wearable technology experts will come together for the ‘eTextile, smart clothing and wearable computing Showcase‘ at the Maker Fair. The ‘eTextile, smart clothing and wearable computing Showcase’ is a production of Lynne Bruning, one of the most knowledgeable eTextile experts…

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eTextile Lounge by Lynne Bruning

A reminder for the creative, inventive and interested eTextile community around the world: Lynne Bruning started a fantastic initiative to bring interactivity into the eTextile community around the globe by setting up and moderating the global eTextile Lounge via USTREAM.tv A excellent opportunity to meet like minded, to get informed, to network and best of…

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Redefining the colors of fashion – Amy Winters A/W 11 collection

Media artist and fashion designer Amy Konstanze Mercedes Rainbow Winters is presenting her second collection of color changing fashion for the Autumn/Winter 11 season. Amy’s first Spring/Summer 11 collection has been inspired by the vibrant colors of nature like the rain-forest, light rain, cloud bursts and tropical thunderstorms. The water-reactive ink disappears revealing the color…

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Keyglove 2.0 looking for investors

Since our first article about the Keyglove end of last year Jeff Rowberg kept working and improving his Open Source Hardware project – the Keyglove. The Keyglove is is based on the Arduino/AVR and acts as wireless input for electronic devices like computers and potentially for computer controlled equipment. What sets the Keyglove apart from…

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Vega – a new light on the fashion horizon

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere gave the inspiration for Canadian clothing designer Angella Mackey who resides currently in Gothenburg, Sweden for her first illuminated fashion design, the Vega One. The Vega One is a medium to lightweight Spring dress coat made of…

Never get lost with the MapBag

GPS has come a long way starting out as an exclusively used technology by the military, then migrated to the aviation industry and finally became accessible to the general public as car navigation and nowadays GPS is a standard feature in many of the hand-held personal electronic devices like cell phones. People like me who…

Global eTextile Hacker Meeting

Last night 8pm MDT / 10pm EST / 2am GMT / 10am WITA (South East Asia – Central Standard Time) – I hope I got all the time conversions right – Lynne Bruning pulled off the first Global eTextile Hacker meet-up in the virtual space with the help of USTREAM.tv an online service that offers…

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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…

Introduction to Wearable Technology workshop

The wearable technology event calendar is filling up rapidly in 2011, a sure sign for the growing popularity and awareness of eTextile developments. Ricardo O’Nascimento at Popkalab is holding a 3 day workshop, running form April 27th to 29th in Sede Tecnológica de la UNIA, Málaga/Spain. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants…

Future Textiles Summit

Future Textiles is the name of a three-week long event focusing on collecting and communicating knowledge about smart textiles. The Future Textiles summit is hosted by the Knowledge Center for Smart Textiles at TEKO Design + Business, VIA University College, in Herning Denmark. During the summit, Knowledge Centre for Smart Textiles organizes the exhibition ‘Pretty…

Intelligent Textiles Workshop

Just before the Smart Textiles Salon, the University of Ghent in cooperation with Plug and Wear and Systex organize a two part, three day workshop on Intelligent Textiles. Part I will equip the participant with fundamental theoretical knowledge and practical insights in the field of intelligent textiles. The practical workshop, STS ToolTime, by Riccardo Marchesi…

Creative Technology Studies – Soft Circuitry weekend

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has on their extensive list of workshops one that will be highly interesting for our smart (textile) readers: the Soft Circuitry workshop on Saturday April 2, 2011 and Sunday April 3, 2011 from 10:00am – 4:00pm Instructor of the Soft Circuitry workshop is Lara Grant who will start…

Smart Textiles Salon is calling for prototypes

The second edition of the Smart Textiles Salon, an initiative from the University of Ghent, Belgium and Systex, is well under way and accepting project submissions until March 15th. Your project prototype should fit in the scope of the exhibition being textile based or compatible with intelligent textile systems. Documents must be written in English…

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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…

upcoming eTextile events

A number of eTextile and wearable technology events coming up, events that you don’t want to miss. Already tomorrow Thursday March 10th, Lynne Bruning is giving a lecturer titled ‘Introduction to eTextiles‘ at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, located at the Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Crossing the Atlantic, Riccardo Marchesi from…

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The sound of Fabric

Sometimes people ask me if there is a way to replace headphones with smart textiles, sound coming out of a hood or from the fabric around the shoulder areas, near the ears. What at first seems impossible is actually feasible with a bit of eTextile magic. Hannah, one of the most innovative personalities in the…

Sun power on the go for iPad

Voltaic Systems, the company that started the light-weight, flexible solar power integration into bags is soon offering a tablet case for iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and other tablets hitting the market soon. Drawing on the experience Voltaic gained over the past years about solar power on the go, the Spark Tablet Case promises 1 hour…