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
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 —
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.
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 —
skôn is a beautifully designed knit illuminated hoodie that changes the intensity of the light by tugging and stretching the hood itself. Designed by Paula Kassenaar in collaboration with Paula Segura Meccia at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the project was intended as a simple exploration into electronics and textiles.
Lucy McRae is an artist whose work lives in the intersection of fashion, technology and the body. Her work often transposes the human figure with readymade objects creating imaginative skins from toothpicks, q-tips, balloons, and foam.
Her latest project titled Peristaltic Skin Machine resurfaces the body in tubes of colored liquid that dramatically stutter and flow across the body. The video… Continue
I made this arachnid LED belt to wear to SXSW a few weeks back and I just got around to photographing it. The belt itself is made from searsucker fabric and the critter is constructed using buttons covered in wool and a variety of beads. It's a simple project so I don't think a tutorial is needed. If you've worked with LEDs before, the project should take you between 2-3 hours to craft.
Heatswell is a new material invention by Amron Exptl. that is paper-thin in it's inactive form and swells into a 3-D shape when activated by heat (an endothermic reaction). I believe the reaction works only once (doesn't return to it's original state once it… Continue
Added by Syuzi on April 1, 2010 at 12:30pm —