My Big Fat Electric Wedding Dress

The hit UK documentary series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding has come to this side of the Atlantic, currently showing on TLC. The series offers a rare glimpse into the traditionally secretive Irish traveller community. Despite the show title, Irish travelers are not related to the Romani people. Misnomer or not, I found the series a compelling watch. How can it not with colorful dresses like these:

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Cat Ears Respond to Your Feelings

The Asian Tube TV Online Videos Blog features a video of the new “Necomimi” cat ears that convert your brainwaves into movements. The maker ”neurowear” uses a popularized cultish "CatGirl" style found in Anime and in street styles of Japan. The headband reads your brainwaves through various bio sensors which cause the ears to wiggle in response to your emotional state. 

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TEDYou 2011 Talk on Fashion and Technology

 

In February, I shared my passion for the integration of fashion and technology with the TED audience at the TEDYou Stage in Palm Springs. During my talk I wore a light up jacket that was made from hacking Eric's HeartSpark necklace. The jacket was beaded with lights that blinked in rhythm with my heartrate in real time.

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LadyAda Makes Wired Magazine. What took so long?

I walked by the news stand this morning and saw a familiar face. Ms. Limor Fried was there looking back at me with a strong and powerful glance on the cover of Wired Magazine. Amazingly, according to Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, this is the first time a female engineer has been featured on the cover. 

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Fashion's Copy Culture Leads to Innovation and Creatvity

What will happen with intellectual property laws when we have mass-produced fashion with integrated electronics? Should we follow the fashion industry or the science industry when it comes to IP protection? In case you need some help deciding, here is Johanna Blakley from readytoshare.org talking about "Lessons from fashion's free culture" from TED.COM.

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Show Your Heart Spark for Valentine's Day

If you don't feel like wearing your heart on your sleeve this Valentines Day, try wearing it as a necklace.

Eric Boyd of Sensebridge, designed this wonderful heart-shaped circuit that blinks with the beating of your heart. It reads from a Polar transmitter that you wear around your chest and shares your most intimate biological information with anyone watching. 

The Heart Spark V1.0 is being sold at a trial price of $69 plus shipping & handling, you can purchase it here: http://sensebridge.net/projects/heart-spark/

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Black Eyed Peas Light Up Super Bowl Half Time

Just in case you missed it, watch the amazing light up clothing from the Super Bowl Half Time Show.

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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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BurdaStyle & Etsy Fashion Show/Contest

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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