Social Textiles


GPS Shoe for Alzheimer Patients

Posted by Katrien on Thursday December 1st 2011 at 10:15

Getting lost is a common problem for Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers. They often forget the way when going out on walks and can’t remember how to get home. In this context, location-based technologies are an helpful way to keep track of patients.

GTX Corp has developed the  GPS Shoe, a pair of sneakers embedded with GPS technology that allow caregivers to track patients via a computer or smartphone.

Source: Nextweb

Heart monitoring vests

Posted by Katrien on Friday April 1st 2011 at 10:21

Fashion Designer Angella Mackey created several prototypes of a Heart Monitoring Vest.She designed multiple prototypes addressing not only the wearability of the vest but, more importantly, the usability. Each of her designs addressed the patients need to place multiple electrodes on their chest without the assistance of a nurse.

The world’s first air purifying dress

Posted by Selina on Tuesday January 18th 2011 at 12:41

Catalytic Clothing, a collaboration between the London College of Fashion, University of Sheffield, and the University of Ulster, has recently presented the first prototype of a dress that can purportedly absorb airborne pollutants. A thin layer of space-age, pollution-absorbing concrete mixture is sprayed onto the “Herself” dress. Wearing the dress automatically means that you are helping to save the environment, simply by walking around and being fashionable!

However, the “Herself” dress is highly experimental and is only inteded to illustrate – in artistic form – the idea that textiles can help eliminate certain pollutants from the air. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that an actual, wearable version of the dress will be made.

Check out the dress here!

Wearable batteries: energy-generating T-shirts

Posted by Selina on Monday January 17th 2011 at 11:38

If it is up to the scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas, you can soon charge your mobile phone by plugging it into your T-shirt!

The university is researching ways to weave energy-transmitting yarn into ready-to-wear material. So far, the scientists have discovered a way to create energy generating textiles from powder-infused carbon nanotubes. The nanotubes in use will be able to support superconducting particles, such as magnesium powder, with a more manageable form without binders or lasers. If the scientists are successful, this energy-transmitting yarn could be fashioned into lightweight batteries you can wear. This concept of wearable batteries that look like regular clothing would mean that you no longer have to search for a power outlet could and look fashionable at the same time!

Read more on Ecouterre and Inhabitat!

Tomato dress

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday January 11th 2011 at 12:32

Korean artist Sung Yeonju’s new project Wearable Foods is a photoshoot of dresses made out of food such as tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs and bubble gum.

Sources: PSFK, Yeonju Sung

Getting started with fabrickit

Posted by Katrien on Saturday November 27th 2010 at 12:34

Fabrickit is a collection of wearable electronic modules that make it easy to construct wearable projects. And if you still need some inspiration or guidance, you can have a look at the tutorials!

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