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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 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 on March 4, 2014 at 7:30am
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 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.
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment