For all of you trekking out to Austin today, there is a lot going on this year around wearable technology. Check out my list of talks and events not to be missed. Also if you are in Austin, please say “hi” and ping me on Twitter @fashioningtech.
See you in Austin!
Posted by Syuzi on March 7, 2014 at 8:00am
With Intel’s announcement of a collaboration with Opening Ceremony and Fitbit partnering with Tory Burch, the tech industry has been reaching out to the fashion industry to help transform their wearable gadgets into something a bit more fashionable. Outside of Cute Circuit, who debuted their first haute tech collection at NYFW this year, most of the fashion industry has yet to embrace — even explore — wearable technology.
The exception this year was Swiss fashion house Akris, led by designer Albert Kriemler, who sent an illuminated coat, pants and three dresses down the runway.
The collection itself was inspired by German artist Thomas Ruff’s work “Stars,” “Nights” and “ma.r.s.”…Continue
Posted by Syuzi on March 4, 2014 at 7:30am
It was kind of funny to see ElectroLoom and OpenKnit pop up in my feeds in the same week. They're both being talked about as "clothing printers" and have similar goals: to decentralize clothing production in order to reduce the embodied energy of a garment. However, the technologies and philosophies of the projects couldn't be more different.
OpenKnit is a DIY, open-source, arduino-powered knitting machine project by artist and designer Gerard Rubio. The promo video tells you everything you need to…Continue
Posted by meg on March 3, 2014 at 8:00am
Two projects using technology in fashion caught my eye last week. These projects share a similar goal: decentralized clothing manufacture. The idea is that if we are able to produce our clothes locally, we can eliminate a large part of the manufacturing and distribution chain that accounts for a big part of fashion's carbon footprint.
The first project, Electroloom, promises "the world's first 3D printer for clothes" and has received a grant and support from Alternative Apparel. Their ambitious goal is to complete development of the 3D printer by the end of 2014. Here's a preview of what it may look like:
Using electrostatic filament extrusion techniques, the system will create a non-woven web on a body-mold like the one in the picture. Remember Fabrican spray-on clothing that had us all so excited a few years back? The technology is different, but as far as I can tell, the result will look similar. Interested? You can visit their website, but you won't find much information there. Try their Facebook page instead for updates and more info. Scroll right to the start of their timeline and check the video of the first day of prototyping. Exciting, but a long way to go: good luck Electroloom!
Maybe in the distant future, this means clothing replicators in every home, but for now, more practical applications might be local clothing stores producing bespoke items for individual customers. This would mean swapping out the base…Continue
Posted by meg on March 2, 2014 at 9:30am
One of the primary functions of clothing is the regulation of body temperature. Traditionally we layer on clothes as the temperature drops but the acting of dressing and undressing as we move from outdoors to indoors is quite cumbersome.
We’ve mastered garments that keep our bodies warm but wearables that keep us cool are more difficult to come by. Do sweat-wicking performance wear actually work?
Adaptive Survival Clothing by Jacqueline Nanne is early stage smart textile experiments that aim at creating clothing that adapts body temperature. The textiles are designed with kinetic pores that open and close. Nitinol, a smart memory alloy, is used to actuate the textiles.
Follow the development of the project here.
Posted by Syuzi on February 28, 2014 at 1:47pm
Most of the wearable technology on the market today falls into the accessories category, predominately taking form as electronics wrapped in silicone intended to be worn on your wrist.
When I began researching wearables 8 years ago, what initially drew me into the field was the potential to create “electronic skins.” Conductive threads and woven electronic textiles was my gateway to the wearable technology frontier.
But combining electronics and textiles is not an easy task. Companies seem to have abandoned a future in e-textiles entirely and instead invested all their energy in creating flexible PCBs.
You may balk at paying $1850 for an illuminated cycling jacket, but — if you have the spare cash— what you are investing in is research and a vision. Ya, ya — that all sounds idealistic but recognize that everyone who has purchased a Google Glass is too investing in an idea.
I can’t not tell you how proud I am of wearable tech pioneers Ryan Genz and Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit. Pushing the boundaries of fashion and tech for a decade, their perseverance and vision has landed them at NYFW.
CuteCircuit's haute-tech collection is gorgeous and highly wearable. Some of the garments are controlled via your mobile phone. I can’t wait to purchase my second ( I already have one of their Ts) CuteCircuit piece. Plus check out that purse!
Baubles are fun. It’s a great way to add personality to your wardrobe. Whether you’re into studs or pearls, jewelry adds that tiny bit of distinction and personalization that makes any outfit your very own.
But what else can diamonds do beyond make you feel and look glamorous? What happens when your wedding ring can sense your pulse, your pendant your posture, and your watch your stress levels?
Our jewelry and accessories begin to take on new, unexpected roles.
PosturAroma, a project developed by students Akarsh Sanghi, Shinichiro Ito, and Laura Mul from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, explores the enhanced poetic functionality of future high-tech jewelry.
PosturAroma is positioned as “safety” and “confidence building” wearable. It essentially aims to monitor posture and release a variety of scents to modify one’s behavior. Scent here is being used as the emotional trigger for behavior change.
To learn about the project, visit the Media Lab…
Posted by Syuzi on February 10, 2014 at 2:33pm
PixMob has done it again by creating another wearable that turns show participants into part of a large screen. This opportunity to create interactive environments with PixMob's ability to push realtime content really excites me. I cannot see what they come up with next.
The entire show is controlled by blasting the crowd with IR signal to tell their pixels which color to be. Even the 80k pixels make for a quite low resolution from what we're used to, so there is a great bit of work in using movement and color for the show instead of the graphics we're used displaying during shows. Wired got some behind the scenes footage of their testing for for the show here.
The stadium was outfitted with 14 transmitters which beamed video onto the audience
@Hamelin_MP: Fortunately, #pixmob is not the #halftimeshow every Sunday! @PixMobOfficial #stress #dreamjob #sb48 pic.twitter.com/1KkDJI1Kwu
of the possibilities of this Bead of PoixMob says they can be:
Woven into costumes, PixMob Beads illuminate a dancer's body, opening up creative possibilities through movement, shadow-play and space. They can remotely light-up or react to body motion.
Posted by matt pinner on February 3, 2014 at 3:00pm
For all you compulsive shoppers, you can ditch your 12 step program for an iBag which promises curtail your impulsive spending.
The GPS-enabled iBag is aware of your location at all times and will illuminate to warn you when not to spend any more of your dollars if you’ve reached your monthly budget. If an itty bitty light doesn’t change your behavior and you continue to pull out your wallet , your iBag will text your mother, hubby or whomever else you’ve assigned to help control your habit. Hopefully, all this is done in time before you swipe that well-worn credit card.
The bag can even be programmed to lock during lunch or post-work — during your most vulnerable shopping times of the day.
Naturally, I have to ask, is this a hoax? It’s…Continue
Posted by Syuzi on January 31, 2014 at 4:00pm