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Saying goodbye to my hero, Lee Alexander McQueen

"Everything has an end. The cycle of life is a positive thing because it gives room for new things to come." - McQueen

It has been almost two weeks since I learned about Alexander McQueen's tragic suicide. When it happened, I didn't want to blog about it because it felt too personal and deeply depressing. For me, iHeartSwitch is about moving forward with technology in a positive light, not mourning the past. But sometimes, you have to acknowledge and share your pain in order to move past it. I am lucky enough to have a venue to do that and I know many of you were also deeply shocked and hurt by his passing as well, so you won’t mind if I get a little personal.

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WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Inflatable Bras Edition

It may be hard to believe but during the 50s and 60s blow-up bras were manufactured and sold to the mass market by Frederick's of Hollywood ("make the most of you") and Très Secrète ("the most inspired of the sweet feminine deceptions"). Mercifully, they were long buried in the dustbin of history—right where they belong. That is, until a 21st century Chinese company got "inspired" and decided to revive the idea that refuses to go flat (sorry).

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Sequined Solar Cells for Power Hungry Fashionistas

 

With the advancement of a new micro solar cell, sequined dresses of the future may not just indicate a fashionista on the loose, but instead, an environmentally conscious go-getter with a fully charged cell phone.

The scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, makers of all things sci-fi, have created tiny snow-flake looking solar cells (pictured below) for possible applications in textiles and clothing. These cells are being designed to be less expensive and have greater electronic efficiencies than the current cells on the market. The micro cells require cutting edge manufacturing techniques to ensure quality. Even so, their miniscule size makes it so that there is a minimal loss of power production if one were to be damaged. Compare this to today’s large rectangular solar panels, where if one goes down, the whole unit has a huge loss in power production. Instead with these new cells if one went down it would just be a small percentage of the overall grid.

This is defiantly a technology to watch. I see a future of sparkling rooftops, glittering light poles, and fashionable sequined shrugs. What do you see? What would you make with solar powered sequins? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: Inhabitat

Dress image from stellarmagazine

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DIY: Scarves That Detect When You’re Loved One is Near

Mr. ArduinoFun has posted a really great tutorial for the electronic seamstress on Instructables. The concept, based Ethan Dicks from theFusefactory.org's emergent Sheep Sculpture project, is a scarf that detects when you are near your loved one.

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DIY: Make A Fashionable iPOD Controlling Evening Dress

I am loving this sexy silk dress from Aniomagic. Not only is it pretty, but just a swing of the train controls a hidden iPod. It may look hard to make, but it's EASY! Aniomagic sells everything and has the directions up on their site and on instructables. Go ahead and turn that LBD into the next glamtronic super machine!

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Holiday Photo Flip Book

This Christmas we had a big gathering up in the hills of Arkansas at my grandmothers farm for a 1930s inspired family holiday. The rule is that everything must be 1930s including the gift for the gift exchange, which has to be hand-made and $10 or under.

Make a Flip Book from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

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Sparkle Labs says Happy Holidays with paper and lights!

Sparkle Labs has come up with the sweetest little light up paper Christmas tree for the holidays. It is easy to make, just use your Discover Electronics Kit for the lights and follow the directions on this page.

If you missed Hanukkah, its not too late! There are still a couple days left to make this beautiful paper Menorah! Download the instructions and template off the project website.

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Lighted Wedding Dress

Photography by Michael SinterniklaasPhotography by Michael Sinterniklaas

Aloha! I am posting from the beautiful island of Kauai today where I am celebrating the wedding of my friends Julia Howe and Dekker Dryer. Julia came to me a few months ago and asked me to design her wedding dress with one special feature, it had to light up. Of course, I jumped at the chance to make a lighed wedding dress!

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How to purchase fabrics for your Switch Craft projects

Obsessed with finding the right fabric? I am too, and this was no exception for the fabrics I used in my book Switch Craft. Each material was meticulously chosen for its color, pattern, sheen, and weave, while bringing vibrancy to the normally dull subject of electronics.

I have put together a guide to help you get the best fabric for your next Switch Craft project.

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Twitter Stockings!

It has finally happened, the Twitter invasion has spread to our bodies, specifically, it has circulated to our legs with Gabby and Tal's Twitter stockings. Each pair has the cute Twitter bird logo and the words "Follow Me" printed down the leg. Donning this legwear is sure to invite strangers to actually follow you. If this is something that doesn't bother you, and as long as they are not creeps, seize the moment to turnaround and give them your Twitter handle. You'll have hundreds of new followers in no time!

Each stocking is made by hand and are sold at their Etsy shop for $18. They sell out quick,  get your order in now for the Holidays. 

 

Via: styleguru

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