Accio invisibility cloak!

Crazy cool wearable, y’all.


Found a cool company that makes clothing and decorations from fiber opticts:

Soical Body Project:Positive Attitude

   For my social body project I was inspired by a girl who  I met at a fundraiser fashion show. I had the honour of designing a dress for  A young women who was dealing with having Multiple sclerosis.  MS is a neurological disease, whose symptom is physical disability, which makes it difficult for patients to walk. MS is the most common neurological disease among young adults, especially effecting women.   After chatting with her for a couple hours, I was so impressed by her attitude towards life in general.  She is an inspiring actress who loves  the spot light while being on stage, as well as a creative writer. She began to tell me stories about the things she did before she had  MS and lost some on the movement in her legs.  This girl around the same age as me, was dealing with a life changing experiences and walked around with the biggest smile on her face.

From this experience came the positive attitude dress.  An el wire is situated at the right hip of the colourful silk bottom of the dress.  By using a soft switch on the right side of the body, when your right hand is placed to your right hip, the el wire lights up, an organic flow shape on the left hip.  This idea illuminates the confidence that it takes to strike a pose on the run way.

pressing the soft sensor 

Final Project: Progress

The blazer, the chain, the wire + the weaving.

Here are a few images of the progress I have made on my final project!

Wearable Cycling Safety

The speed-vest

“The SPEED-VEST is a bicycle safety device and advocacy tool which displays the wearer’s current speed on their back in easy-to-read lighted numerals. It improves rider conspicuity while legitimizing bicycle speeds on the roadway. Originally conceived by Brady Clark and engineered by Mykle Hansen, it just won the Hub Bike Shop’s Bike Gadget Contest in Minneapolis, MN.

The system consists of a wheel speed sensor, a wearable numeric display and a small computer that does the thinking. The computer is an Arduino: an open-source embedded computing platform powered by an Amtel microcontroller. It runs for 6 hours on a 9 volt battery.”

found here.

Turn-signal Jacket

Additionally, “Leah Buechley designs e-textile technologies that do all kinds of things that I cannot begin to understand, from LilyPad Ecelerometers to Vibe boards. However as a cyclist, this one I get: LED turnsignals on a jacket, with controls on the wrist. Very cool.”

found here.

Fibre Optic Tapestry – For you Erin

I received my copy of Fiber Arts Magazine this week and was pleasantly surprised to find this Fiber-Optic tapestry on the front cover. Here’s a link to a video that give more information on the concept and making of this inspirational piece.


That’s right. For more info go here.

odd accessories for obscure body parts

This is the collection No Reference by fashion designer Christophe Coppens. It’s low-tech but like our Whole Body Project deals with those often forgotten parts of our corpuses. More info can be found on Facebook and We Make Money Not Art.

Pamper Those Flex Sensors!

Found out the hard way this weekend that the Spectra Symbol flex sensors (the ones stocked by Creatron & Sparkfun) are quite delicate and highly susceptible to damage. While the embedded sensor is pretty tough (and protected with a sheet of plastic), the section between the electrodes and the sensor is incredibly flimsy — with just a little bit of twisting, the conductive film in that section will begin to flake off.

Here’s how to protect it (and save yourself from losing $10 like I did):

“I was really surprised when I had two of these fail after only about 700 flexings. Looking at the failed sensors I noticed what I would call a design flaw. Most of the sensor has a thick plastic backing which helps keep it from bending too far/sharply to cause damage. However the reinforcing strip ends abruptly about 2mm before the connectors and the remaining material will easily bend far enough to destroy the sensor. (If you look closely at the back product shot you can see where the strip ends.)

After applying strain relief to the connection area (gluing a couple of thick pieces of plastic across it) the life of the sensor has been dramatically improved.”

(from Okseer, on Sparkfun product feedback: )

Conductive Lace

Some ladies in the Netherlands are making conductive lace.

See here.

Conductive lace pressure circuit

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