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Make Your Own Wearable Tech

by Paul Strauss

Ever thought about putting together your own “smart garments?” Well here’s a way to weave technology into your very own clothing without too much effort.

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Thanks to fabric technologist Hanna Perner-Wilson (aka Plusea), you can now purchase pre-made components which you can use to make interactive clothing pieces.

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Her collection of wearable tech items includes things like fabric pushbuttons, a pressure, stretch and bend sensors and even a special neoprene battery pack you can sew into your clothes.

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Most parts sell for about $15 to $20 (USD) over at Plusea’s Etsy shop, and of course you’ll need some electronic circuitry to wire these elements to.

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If you’re into hacking and modding, you could definitely come up with some cool concepts using these. Personally, I’d like to see a complete wireless game controller for my Xbox 360 woven into a jacket. Why? Why the heck not?




Comments (1):

  1. AO says:

    Very cool, thanks for the heads up!

    ao [ http://www.technoetc.net/blog ]

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