Archive for April, 2010
Check out this funny parody video about iPad fashion accessories. I honestly don’t think we’ll see wearables that integrate the iPad into your clothing but maybe people will start writing iPad apps that interact with wearable fashions.
For over a year now we have been lucky owners of Android OS enabled phones. Recently, Google has released the Android Scripting Environment, which allows users to write simple code (even on the phone) that uses many of the powerful Andorid API classes.
This new application brings Android features to the masses and also allows for rapid prototyping and on-the-fly development. As an added bonus, the phones has it’s own sensors (compass, accelerometer, etc.) and screen output, as well as an all-important connection to the internet, which can be used to push or pull data or even advanced features like text-to-speech.
We first learned of the Android Scripting Environment through CellBots, a project that uses ASE and Arduino to make robots that use the phone’s sensors along with the sensors connected to the Arduino for navigation and remote control.
This is an interesting area for wearable technology because 3g phones are gaining market share. Scripting languages for phones that interact with electronics essentially give us ultra cheap computers – more powerful than a cheap microprocessor alone. We can and should use the phone to cut back on the power and size costs of features like GPS location, internet connectivity and heavy duty processing.
We found the Email Counting T-shirt by Chris and Madeliene Ball through Talk2myShirt and this is a perfect example of using ASE and Arduino. The shirt uses a ridiculously simple python script to access the Gmail RSS feed and transmit the count data through serial to the Lilypad. Additionally, this is also a good use of screenprinting and wearables.
Read more info after the jump.
We have the privilege of being one of the featured designers at the Geek Artists/Green Innovators Festival fashion show in Pittsburgh PA today.
The fashion show will take place tonight at 9:00pm at the Glass Center in the downtown Pittsburgh art district.
If you are too late to make the entourage, check out the live stream provided by Vivo Live.