This past fall (2015), I taught an introductory class of technology textiles to fibers students at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. This was for many students a first introduction to the world of electronics, soft circuits, programming and designing for interaction. Needless to say, the final projects pretty much blew me away!
Techno-Textiles: The course was designed to make the world of electronics accessible for the creation of interactive textile art projects. The design brief for the final class project focused on building a "second skin" that communicates information (physical memory) to another human/animal/object.
Here are some of the projects!
Sara Graorac + Tess Kuramoto “I Care”
"I Care" is a pair of wrist and forearm splints that serve to communicate through several sources of energy. "I Care” splints function through a wireless signal and an interaction between wearers. "I care" explores the effects of holistic and alternative medicine, juxtaposed against aesthetics of modern healthcare. The wearable technology references light therapy and reflexology. "I Care" serves as an extension of the self; a reminder that our body can be a vessel for the intangible, and a centre for empathy, communication and ultimately for healing.
Posted by 3lectromode on January 18, 2016 at 10:30am
Cabin Crew Uniform
The haute-tech uniform will sport Cute Circuit’s signature style programmable LEDs on the shoulders and hem. The LED displays on jacket lapels will scroll through your flight number and destination, in case you forget where you’re going.
The uniforms are also equipped with built-in microphones for communication with the crew. …Continue
Posted by Syuzi on November 10, 2015 at 11:30am
They just released project "Fabricate" for use with the Cube, their 3D printer designed for home use, however, the applications of their base technology is much broader than hobbyist designers and makers.
It brings the 2014 collection of knitwear fashion house Pringle to mind, using 3D elements as decorative and enhancing, rather than an entire 3D printed outfit. At $1199 for the Cube printer plus Fabricate Design Pack and $149 for the Design Pack alone (presuming you already own a Cube), there is an initial deep pocket investment, but there is something more important going on here.
Tastefully art-directed, they've made it extremely easy for the average user to whip up something delicious. This gives beginners a place to start - a springboard for inspiration. It figures out the technical details, so that creators can focus on the form.…Continue
Posted by meg on October 1, 2015 at 6:30pm
More nice work coming out of the Netherlands fashion schools with Jasna Rokegem's Brainwaves pieces.
Styled for both men and women (so long as they are from the future!) the work uses neurological activity sensors to activate lights and movement in the clothing.
The project has earned Jasna a nomination for a 2015 Bachelor…Continue
Posted by meg on September 26, 2015 at 11:49pm
Neffa Studio's Chameleon Mood Scarf is designed to create a sense of comfort, warmth, peace and safety for the wearer.
Different layers of phase-change inks change and react depending on the environment, making different patterns come to the forefront depending on the situation.
Neffa Studio describes the phase-change design this way: "the black pattern is printed in thermochromic ink, which responds to the wearer’s body temperature. The pattern disappears as it warms up; this gives the scarf a more muted appearance and renders the wearer less conspicuous, which is precisely what you want if it is fear or stress that has forced your body temperature up. The light green pattern is printed in photoluminescent ink, which reacts to light and glows greenish blue in the dark for added visibility. The white print uses photochromic ink. This print reacts to UV light and changes from white to orange when the wearer goes outdoors, reflecting how sunlight often improves people’s mood."
Video by Local Androids
What I like about this scarf is its well-considered use of technologically-advanced materials. There are plenty of…Continue
Posted by meg on July 28, 2015 at 9:36pm
Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology 2015 recently held from May 11-13 in the booming start-up town of San Francisco featured some of the most exciting and cutting edge research and innovation in fabrics and wearables tech. Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology is a leading industry conference that blends business with the science of smart textiles and features speakers as diverse as engineers, business developers, and fashion and technology experts.
Given that 2015 has so far been a landmark year for wearables in the tech industry, the tone of the conference was decided tuned to business, emerging markets and productions modes as well as the touchy issues of intellectual property and legal frameworks around building a new business in tech. That said, a lot more internal questioning on the purpose and the design vision of wearables was considered in this edition of Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology. Having attend this conference on a number of occasions in the past, I can attest to the focus having evolved from an insider group to a full fledged startup culture that is ripe to not only change the tech market, but our relationships to objects, data, and engineering as it becomes increasingly intertwined with personal issues of the body. The conference can best be summarized by an overview of a few of the highlight presentations.
Monday May 11, 2015
The fist day was focused on industry:
Denise Gershbein from FROG DESIGN started the conference by highlighting the role of…
Posted by 3lectromode on July 8, 2015 at 11:00am
If you can only attend one wearable technology conference this year, then Smart Fabrics 2105 should be at the top of your list. What differentiates this conference from all the others is its diversity of speakers. From researchers working in corporations and academic institutions to design consultancies imagining the user experience of future wearables, the Smart Fabrics conference offers you the opportunity to meet divergent thinkers all invested in the future of wearable technology.
The Smart Fabrics conference takes place May 11 -13 at the Hyatt Regenchy in San Fancisco. And as a member of the Fashioning Tech community, you’re in luck! Use the code FT15 for a $200 discount.
Hope to see you there!
Some highlights from the agenda are presented below. You can access full agenda here.
Workshop: Hacking the Tiny Screen
May 11, 2014: 8:00-…Continue
Posted by Syuzi on April 27, 2015 at 12:43pm
Notice anything strange about this photo?
She's done it again: Beauty technologist, Katia Vega (together with fellow researchers, Marcio Cunha and Hugo Fuks) is once more pushing the boundaries of wearable electronics with her latest project, Hairware.
Hairware is beauty technology using chemically metalized hair extensions as a capacitive touch interface. Actions are triggered when the wearer touches her hair - the extensions are natural-looking and are able to be completely hidden on users with long hair. Hairware allows unconscious behavior, like twirling and playing with hair, to be interpreted by an algorithm and expressed in a number of different ways.
Stroking your hair could send a message to a loved-one, trigger a confidence-boosting message or, of course, take a selfie.
Using the body as an interactive platform, the seamless and embedded nature of Hairware raises interesting questions about the advantages and disadvantages of disguising technology on one's body. Do we have a social obligation to signal to others when we're interfacing with our devices in social situations? Or should we just expect our devices to simply become another layer of social interaction?
Katia and her team already have an impressive collection in their Beauty Technology range, such as conductive make-up and RFID fingernails projects. What I find really interesting about the mixing of these media is the combination of modern…Continue
Posted by meg on April 12, 2015 at 11:00pm
Christopher Raeburn’s latest collection “Raft” includes primary-colored inflatable latex puffer jackets that are far sexier than any life preserver.
The collection with its darker “survival” theme is playfully juxtaposed with a novel use of colorful inflatable latex, essentially creating designer floaties for adults.…Continue
Posted by Syuzi on January 16, 2015 at 1:57pm
Swarovski, best known for their blingy crystals, has a history of innovative collaborations with product and fashion designers. Nearly 8 years ago, a collaboration with Swarovski and Hussein Chalayan resulted in the first wearable tech garments, decorated with crystals and lasers, to be shone on the runway.
No stranger to fashion tech, Swarovski’s latest fashion tech collaboration is with Misfit. The offerings radically reconsider the materials that tech products can be constructed from. To note, the Misfit Shine set itself apart from other activity trackers by creating an elegant activity…Continue
Posted by Syuzi on January 6, 2015 at 3:06pm