Many of you may have never attended a proper fashion show and we thought it might be interesting to give you a little bit of the flavor of such an event with video from the London 2013 3D Printed Fashion Show.
First we have a video of one model showing “Half Entity” by Steven Ascensao. The music and movement was typical of the event, which included numerous designs shown by multiple professional models.
You couldn’t attend the event, so we took a number of still images which we’ve tied together into a video of the entire show – in 24 seconds.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
As part of the Computational Fashion initiative, Eyebeam is hosting a panel and demo night exploring emerging opportunities in fashion and wearable technology. The panel, “Fashion and the Body”, will feature a selection of emerging fashion thought leaders and makers, including FIT curator Ariele Elia, designer Titania Inglis, and Computational Fashion Fellow Keren Oxman in a spirited discussion moderated by Sabine Seymour. The conversation will cover possibilities and obstacles for fashion designers looking to incorporate technology in their work, as well as consideration for how/if wearable tech can actually be fashionable.
Please visit the campaign page to see more photos of the stickers and to see how they can be used.
Here, I will write a bit about the background story, tech details, and manufacturing processes that went into making them.
Circuit stickers are peel-and-stick electronics for crafting circuits. In a nutshell, they are circuits on a flexible polyimide substrate with anisotropic tape (or “Z-tape” — so named because electricity only flows vertically through the tape, and not laterally) laminated on the back.
The use of Z-tape allows one to assemble circuits without the need for high-temperature processing (e.g. soldering or reflow), thereby enabling compatibility with heat-sensitive and/or pliable material substrates, such as paper, fabric, plastic, and so forth.
This enables electronics to be integrated in a range of non-traditional material systems with great aesthetic effect, as exemplified by the addition of circuit stickers to fabric and paper.
Join Becky Stern and friends every week as we delve into the wonderful world of wearables, live on YouTube. We’ll answer your questions, announce a discount code for the Adafruit store, and explore wearable components, techniques, special materials, and projects you can build at home! Ask your wearables questions in the comments, and if your question is featured on a future episode, you’ll be entered to win the show giveaway!
Nike’s LunarENDOR QS snowboard boot commands a whole new level of recognition. Impressive enough standing still, these LED-adorned beauties will mesmerize crowds as they rotate through the night sky at this season’s biggest snowboard competition finals. The swoosh’s 30 LEDs are powered by an embedded lithium ion battery, and it’s on/off switch is conveniently located atop the boot’s cuff so you can go UFO whenever the mood strikes.
The Wearable Technology Show in 2014 will be the first show of its kind in the UK to bring together key industry professionals, developers and decision makers. Attendees will hear from innovators, product champions and experts within the industry and gain unique insights into the latest trends that will shape the market, network with industry experts and watch product demos with 8 different workshop tracks to choose from, which will include:- Sport, Fitness & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Gaming, Smart Textiles & Fashion, Healthcare, M2M & IOE, Security, Enterprise, Mobile Marketing and App Development. Plus there will be Live Product Demos, a Developer Hackfest, and a Business Start Up Conference.
Egads! LED Goggles you can see through (surprisingly well, too)! They pulse subtly, making them so cold and dehumanizing. They were totally perfect for the character I was going after – Mr Freeze. It was my first time really playing with LEDs and Arduinos, so it was a good learning curve hugely aided by the wonderful Instructables community. The biggest lesson here for me (as with virtually every project) was iterate, iterate, iterate! I’ve skipped all that for this instructable though and I’ll show you the steps to the end product!
A big focus at Embedded World 2013 was for the RX platform of 32-bit microcontrollers. Renesas commissioned Anouk Wipprecht to develop an interactive TechnoFashion dress designed using RX GR-Sakura (Arduino compatible) boards. For more information on RX, please visit: www.renesas.eu/rx
As part of an e-textile research project for Smart Textile Services (CRISP), designers Eunjeong Jeon, Kristi Kuusk, Martijn ten Bhömer and Jesse Asjes have developed a therapeutic wearable to treat a variety of physical ailments, including pain, sports injuries, and bone density loss.
Aptly called “Vibe-ing,” the wearable is embedded with circuits that can sense touch and actuate a vibrating motor on specific pressure points on the body.
Similar in function to Vibe-ing, Tactile Dialogues is a beautifully designed e-textile pillow constructed with touch sensors and vibrating motors. The pillow is used to generate a positive interaction between a caregiver and an individual suffering from severe dementia.
Vibe-ing and Tactile Dialogues essentially use the very same technologies yet take on very different forms. Worn on the body, Vibe-ing is a personal and intimate tool used to promote self-healing. Tactile Dialogues instead is a medium to generate interaction and conversation.
Both of these wonderful projects point to the importance of how much form and context (not the technology specifically) shape the development of the user experience.
“Getting people to want to wear things all the time — whether it’s on or off” is a huge stumbling block, said Becky Stern, director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit. Sure, smartwatches and activity trackers are becoming increasingly more visible in the tech space, but mainstream adoption is still key for the long-term success of the diminutive gadgets. Here at Expand NY, a trio of wearable-tech experts from across the spectrum of devices discussed the tech and the roadblocks to widespread use from consumers. Currently, there’s still a challenge with getting the public to want to wear anything, let alone a smartwatch or activity tracker.