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Future Fashion Hack Workshop at eTech Ohio!

Think Project Runway is hard? Try hacking your clothes with technology in 6 hours!  

On February 1st, watch live as I challenge 14 fashion students from the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center to hack their clothes with technology at eTech Ohio. With only 6 hours and no prior knowledge of technology, Juniors and Seniors will instruct and learn how to infuse technology such as conductive thread, fabric, fiber optics, wires, and sewable LEDs into garments.

The designs will be showcased on the catwalk prior to the keynote event on the 2nd. Don't Miss it!

If you want to keep up on the play by play action, be sure to follow the conference on Twitter @ohioetc

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2010: Year of the Tigress

According to Chinese Astrology, 2010 is the year of the Tiger, but I am calling it the year of the Tigress. It is a year of personal growth, intense change, travel, opportunities, friendship, and challenges. Every day, I had to learn how to land on my feet.

The year got off to a grand start with another episode of the show, MyHome 2.0. I created an interactive Skype Wall for the Reyes Family in Tampa, Florida and shared the stage with the flawless Tiffany Smith and Mark Montano. The Reyes’ loved the Skype wall I built and have called me from it a few times after the show. They still use it weekly to keep up with friends and family.

[On the set of My Home 2.0]

Directly after MyHome2.0, I flew to LA to spend a day with my friend and visit Disney Imagineering. I can't say what I saw, but it was stupendous! It was a dream visit. While there I had dinner with one of my favorite fashion techie’s Ms Syuzi Pakhchyan of Fashiontingtech.com.

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Zip!

Want to see men falling at your feet while your turn down the volume?

ZIP by Jennifer Darmour of ElectricFoxy is a sexy tailored jacket with a zipper controlled volume control for your ipod, earbuds in the collar, and form fitting device holder. Future iterations will have the ability to skip tracks, pause, play and browse through the actions in our clothing. This is another advanced prototype from

I can't wait to see more, but Ms. Electricfoxy feels that the mainstream fashion world just isn't ready for electronic fashion. "Very few wearable technology projects successfully target consumers outside of the sports, medical and military fields. We are just not there yet. The project (Zip) aims to generate market desirability for a wide variety of people to use in everyday life" says Jennifer.

All I know is that with style like this, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga leading the way, I think 2011 just may be end up being the year for techno fashion. In fact, I am counting on it. For order inquiries, please contact: : orders@electricfoxy.com

If you cannot see the video above, click here: ZIP from Dos Rios on Vimeo.

 

Thanks for sharing Jennifer! Awesome work!

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Switch Craft at CES MommyTech Fashion Show!

At 6:00 PM on Friday, January 7, at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas Switch Craft's very own Shiny Clutch hits the runway at the CES MommyTech Event! Find out more here: mommytechsummit.com

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Have a Tron Inspired Holiday

Tonight, one of the greatest cult fashion technology films is coming back to the big screen. TRON (insert dramatic sound here), is returning with a cast of super sexy sci-fi characters, inspirational lighted costumes, and a digital covered in electroluminescent wire and backlighting.

If you are feeling left out, or just want to light up your holidays with electronic pulse, put on one of Opening Ceremony's Tron-inspired fashions. Disney collaborated with OC to bring high-tech aesthetics and futuristic designs to the fashion forward.

 If you fancy some real light in your life, then make this DIY EL Wire Tron Bag made by the amazing LadyAda and Becky Stern for CraftMag. It is just the spice you need to light up the night. >

 

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Maker Fair NYC: Fabric.it

Despina Papadopoulos and Zach Eveland at Maker Faire NYC showed off Fabrick.it, a set of sewable and snapable electronic modules for creating interactive fashions and wearable prototypes. The fabrick.it collection includes a removable, rechargeable Coin Cell Battery Brick, x-LED Brick with built-in resistor, and a Snap Connector Brick which makes connections fast and easy. The modules are connected with a washable and sewable 3-wire conductive fabric ribbon.

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Nokia's Electronic Skin

Dr. Stephanie Lacour of the Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge is working to make a “stretchable electronic skin.” Some may see this as a new form of wearable cellphone, but I see it as gateway to interchangeable mobile accessories. Imagine switching your service or generating content just by moving and/or exchanging a fashionable pair gloves.

Via: Ecouterre

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Spray-On Clothing. Good Idea. Horrible Name

What you see above is a new product called Fabrican, an aerosol based fabric spray. This technology allows for tiny particles or fibers to be airbrushed onto the body. Once dry, it can be pealed off, washed, and worn again once.

Fabrican is the techno-baby of Manel Torres, a Spanish fashion designer and academic visitor at Imperial College and Paul Luckham, a professor of particle technology. They have been working on the product since 2003 and while it’s still in the prototyping phase, they’ve already procured patents in the US, Europe, and Asia. (Forbes)

In the beginning, Torres and Luckham milled down old fabrics and mixed the fibers with a polymer. They then added a solvent that would evaporate and dry before it hit a solid surface. The first prototypes were thin and fell a part in your hands, now the material has a feel more like suede.

If you can get past the horrible name, Fabrican can (no pun intended) change the way we use and interact with materials. It has many applications from pre-sterilized bandages to fashion.

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Book: Functional Aesthetics by Sabine Seymour

  

My good friend Sabine Seymour, author of Fashionable Technology, has come out with a new book called Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology.  It is full of examples of state-of-the art projects that intersect fashion, design, technology and aesthetics.

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