Want to motivate tweens to get off the couch and their game consoles and enjoy outdoor activities? The Neighborhoodie, developed by Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, and David McCallum, is an interactive gaming garment that aims to do just that.
Neighborhoodie is a sweatshirt that links to a custom application on an Iphone or Ipod touch that allows gamers to play survival tag… Continue
Having fantasized some time now about moving handbags I was delighted to discover this birdcage bag made by accessories designer Lulu Guinness and animatronic designer Adam Wright. I am particularly enamoured with this combination of the history of technology and modern day fashion. The bag is reminiscent of the automata… Continue
By now we've seen our fair share of LED jackets, but none have really taken the design of the coat itself into much consideration. When I discovered Angella Mackey's illuminated bicycle coats, I was immediately drawn into the design of coat first and it's functionality second. Isn't that how all wearable technology should be?
The illuminated bicycle coat was born out of a desire to develop… Continue
Added by Syuzi on April 29, 2010 at 11:30am —
Subtle Subtitles clarifies conversation with people with dysarthric speech by presenting subtitles in our peripheral vision in an intuitively crafted wearable. Those familiar with the impediment understand the slurred speech however, as with other variances in expression, strangers struggle to ‘tune in’ to the conversation. Current solutions for this communication difficulty use synthesised speech to replace the person’s own; Subtle Subtitles… Continue
One of my greatest frustrations with the Lilypad Arduino is the inability to swap out the microcontroller to use in different projects. This is particularly ineffective when I'm teaching workshops and I have ten different e-textile samples I want to demo — I always revert to using the Arduino Duemilanove because of it's flexibility.
E-textiles are a fertile playground for exploring novel musical instruments. From the Aeolia cello garment to the electronic tapestries, we've seen a number of creative electronic textile-based musical interfaces.
Yesterday I went on a mini rant about how rapid prototyping is certainly going to effect the way our garments are produced. Today I want to continue that conversation by also adding (perhaps its obvious) that along with the shifts in the modes of production, rapid prototyping technologies are also a vehicle for designers to explore a new aesthetic.
My name is Hilary Hayes and I have just finished my third year studying Industrial Design at OCAD in Toronto.
During the winter, I began creating wearable technology projects and have decided to pursue my thesis is soft circuitry.
Breathe was my first major project.
Lilypad Arduino, temperature sensor, conductive thread, bright white LEDs, purple wool yarn…
Vin Burnham is an international, award-winning costume and creature designer whose body of work is extensive and downright impressive —including costumes designs for feature films, television, opera, ballet and exhibitions.
She is the talent behind the Batsuit, the Penguin and Catwoman costumes for Batman Returns. She has created creatures for Jim Henson’s… Continue
Squamata, designed by Jop Japenga is a prototype for an unusual pair of headphones with a dynamic skin. Much like a bird performing a mating dance, the headphones fluff their "feathers" or "scales" in reaction to the style of music.
Play Lady Gaga and the scales will exhibit an energetic behavior while a more mellow and moody tune will result in subtle movements. The concept behind the headphones was to… Continue
Added by Syuzi on April 19, 2010 at 8:30am —
GER is an externalized intimacy — a display of the personal in the world — the interface by which we identify with the other so that we may gain greater insight of the self. Inspired by Jacques Lacan's "extimacy," the GER visually displays the wearer’s emotional state for both the self and other. A Galvanized Skin Response… Continue