Illuminated fashion – Into the Deep by Vega Wang

If you are inspiring fashion designer with parents working in the engineering field then it is almost pre-programmed that you will become very likely a fashion-technology designer like Vega Wang. China born Vega Wang, a graduate of BA Fashion Design Womenswear in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, got her calling…

Electrified Fairy wings

I could not resist writing about Halloween in connection with the possibilities eTextile techniques offer for this type of once-a-year event. Making a mini-voting contest among my friends we selected the ‘Wing’ type of DIY projects as our favorite design. Two of the most outstanding wing design DIY projects are the ‘Removable EL wire art…

LumiNet – an organic, interactive, wearable computing network

Wearable technologists are familiar with the LilyPad Arduino developed by Leah Buechley. LilyPad is the first choice when electro-textile designer look for some number crunching application, be it to control light or coordinate sensor inputs and convert them for light or other visual representation. The only downside with a central processor is – when it…

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…

Design contest for Cooling Jackets

The last thing most of our talk2myShirt reader will have in mind right now with the winter in front of the door is thinking on a cooling jacket. But there are regions on our planet where people straggly with the heat around year. India is such a place where the intense heat causes heat stock…

SYSTEX Smart Textiles Student Award 2010 winner – Active Belt from Kunal Mankodiya

For the second time SYSTEX and the Ghent University called students around the world for smart textile designs and to select the yearly champion. The 2010 winning entry is the Active Belt by Kunal Mankodiya from the Institute for Signal Processing, University of Lübeck, Germany. Active Belt, the award winning project, investigates the longtime use…

Touch screens love Agloves

With the begin of the cold season many users new to the world of touch screen cellphones, Music player and iPad style tablet devices might not be aware that operating this devices is not possible with gloved hands. Taking a call or checking up some infos on the tablet means taking off the gloves, putting…

High-tech fashion by Anouk Wipprecht

Belonging to the new generation of fashion-tech designer, Anouk Wipprecht understands very well how to make use of technology to re-invent fashion design. Fashion design, used to provoke, to challenging but also connecting to social values has always been at the forefront of fashion design. Using technology like Anouk Wipprecht opens up almost unimaginable possibilities…

Charge up your boots – Columbia Bugathermo Season 2

Columbia Sportswear establishes itself as the leader of a new generation of winter outdoor apparel and footwear. Last Fall/Winter season Columbia pioneered into the high-tech footwear sector with the launch of the Bugathermo boot with integrated heating system which has been sold out almost overnight. This Fall/Winter season Columbia extended their range of heated boots…

Pillow Alarm

The Alarm Pillow design from Korean Designer Seung Jun Jeong takes a simple idea and wraps it into a gorgeous looking object. Pillows are, next to our clothing one of the most used intimidate products we have a lot of skin contact and we enjoy using. Enhancing these objects with sensible functionality, combining soft materials…

Dream Jammies come with a wakeup App for the iPhone

The idea of using clothing as means to stay connected is interesting and lovely. Staying connected has become part of our lifestyle – who can imagine being more than a few clicks away from the friends list, status updates or tweets. The Dream Jammies by Alexander Reeder, well known by talk2myShirt reader for his designs…

DIY eTextiles – Light Up Leggings

Good news for the DIY wearable electronic community: the Soft Circuit Contest by Instructables has extended it’s submission deadline giving you another week to post your textile project. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a Salt n’ Peanut soft circuit kit from Soft-Circuit.com and an Instructables prize pack including…

eShirt for social fitness sharing

Semi professional and professional athletes need to collect their bio and other workout related data during their training to optimize their program to successfully comped for the precious metal at sporting events. Most of the recording is still done by hand with data coming from multiple sensor devices attached to the athletes body. It’s working…

Stretchable Electronic Skin

A team of Nokia researchers working at Cambridge working on a morphing, stretchable face of next generation phones but this technology is also highly interesting for wearable electronic, to integrate complex electronic functionality into our second skin = our clothing. The researchers work on projects such as Nanowire Sensing, Stretchable Electronic Skin and Electro-tactile Experience…

Water and Sun reactive fashion by Amy Winters

Amy Winters is a new media artist and fashion designer whose work lies at the intersection of fashion, visual arts, music, film, dance and theater. The British/Swiss artist graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in 2006 with a BA in Theater Design. Her first ready-to wear collection was on the runway during this month London Fashion…

Rhyme&Reason – knitwear and fabric enlivened by illumination

Two years ago Mary Huang, at that time student of Design|Media Arts department at UCLA started weaving and knitting with light. The interview I have done with her was inspiring and shed already some light on her future relation with fashion and technology. Fast forward into our present day, Mary’s Rhyme&Reason collection evolved technically up…

Realtime update on your cellphone from your baby’s Exmobaby pajama

Over the past years we have seen quite some wearable technology concepts and products around babies, ranging from music radiating maternity wear for the unborn, allowing unborn babies to tweet their first movements or baby clothing that changes color when baby’s temperature rises. The latest high-tech baby wear takes the ‘always connected’ term of your…

Book preview: Functional Aesthetics by Sabine Seymour

Since the day Sabine Seymour published the wearable technology book ‘Fashionable Technology‘ I have been waiting for follow up on the success with another book. Two years of waiting are soon over as Amazon accepts pre-orders for her second book titled: Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology. The accompanying Website is also ready to be…

Textiles and Electronics Workshop

Sarah and Lara Grant, a sisterly team with interests in physical computing, electronic textiles, controller design and signal processing, both students at NYU ITP, inviting to join their ‘Textiles and Electronics Workshop‘ this Friday Sept 17th at The Tank, 354 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036. The workshop will start with a demonstration how…

Instructables – Soft Circuit Contest

One of my favorite places when searching for eTextile DIY projects, Instructables.com started the Soft Circuit Contest, challenging and inviting the creative DIY community to showcase their latest and creates eTextile projects with others. The rewards for sharing your designs: First there is the great Grand prize, a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a custom…

Translator shirt

Visionaries at Bayer, a German high tech company directed their research power on photovoltaic according to a recently published press release. The for us noticeable statement can be found towards the end of the press release stating ‘In future, photovoltaic applications could extend far beyond traditional solar modules. One such application could be a “translator…

World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show

The sweet summer holidays are coming to an end for most part of the world it’s time to quickly catch up in the working schedules. To help you get back into the wearable technology event calendar here is a reminder for the upcoming ‘World Maker Faire New York eTextile Fashion Show‘ running from Sept. 25…

Wearable Technology goes academic

The University of Florence, with participation of PlugandWear, is running the high profile course ‘Wearable Technology – a hands on analysis of electronics in innovative textile and prototype development’ from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 in Florence – Italy. University courses dedicated to Wearable Technology offer an important step towards a more structural approach to…

Light animated suit controlled via iPhone and WiFi

Marc, a engineer and software guru from Miami created an amazing, light animated suit that will be for sure the highlight of every party you show up with it. His iPhone Controlled LED Suit can serve as yardstick and inspiration for everyone who plans to create interactive fashion with outstanding light effects. Marc sewed LED…

Soon people can call your little black M-Dress

Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, the creative force behind CuteCircuit are pushing the limits of wearable technology far into the future with their recent activities which ranges from illuminated stage-wear for artists to launching their own CuteStore for technology enhanced fashion. In the ‘coming soon…’ section of the store we can find the famous Hug…

Wearable Power – the body as power station

Next to interactive gloves, wearable power is coming into the news on a regular, frequent basis. The latest news I picked up is based on research work at the University of Southampton where scientists aim to generate energy through people’s movement. In theory human motion generates an estimated 67 watts of energy with each step….