How to get what you want: E-Textile Style

"How to Get What You Want" is an AMAZING site documenting Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson's e-textile explorations for the past few years.

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DIY LED Necklace by Diana Eng

Digital Textile Design Book

Japanese Lighted Mirror: A Look at Cultural Misinterpretation and Misrepresentation

The "Actress Mirror," made by Train Corporation in Japan, has been recently introduced to the US market and sold in the Paul Smith retail. It is a compact mirror with 8 built-in LED lights, powered by a 12V battery housed inside the hinge of the mirror's clamshell. With that information, fashion tech DIYers like you probably can figure out how to make one yourself by procuring 8 LEDs rated around 1.5V and wiring them to a 12V power source (1.5V x 8 = 12V). But this post is not about making a lighted mirror. What I'm wondering is this:

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Vogue China: Scientific Glamour

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 Collection

Tom & Lorenzo have put together a great review of the “Scientific Glamour” editorial for Vogue China’s August edition photographed by Greg Kadel.

What I love about the word "scientific" in this instance is that the combination of shiny coated-fabrics, unique prints, and architectural silhouettes can only be accomplished by today's advanced fabric technologies. Like most all techy high-end fashions, we are reminded of Paco Rabanne's 1960's concoctions of industrial plastics, metal, and paper. However, what makes these different is the fact that the fabrics are soft and wearable even if they look somewhat intense. So don't feel too bad for this model, if there is any discomfort, it is purely due to her melodramatic posturing.

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Women in spaaaaaaace!

[Image above] Dava Newman in her Biosuit--a sleek spacesuit that relies on mechanical counter-pressure instead of using gas pressurization--on Henry Moore's sculpture 'Reclining Figure' on the MIT campus. Photo / Donna Coveney

Today is the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing and to celebrate this glorious feat of scientific and human advancement here are some female astronauts who helped us achieve our goals in space exploration.

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Make Your Own EA SPORTS Active Resistance Band

[Post updated] Here at Switch we are very into the convergence of lifestyle and technology (not that you haven't noticed). One trend that we found very encouraging is the technology-assisted fitness programs. Inventions such as Nike+, Wii Fit, and Equinox MyEq are all great examples of what can be done in this space.

The latest success story is a Wii exercise "game" called EA SPORTS Active (video embedded below). While it can't replace a real personal trainer, it may be the next best thing for people who don't have the moolah to hire one or find the gym mind-numbingly boring. No wonder it managed to sell over 600k copies in less than two weeks and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Innovative Women: Brynn Hudson's Travel Iron

(Video above) Press & Go Iron from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

Brynn Hudson, a jewelry designer from Maplewood, New Jersey, shows off her idea for a Press & Go Travel Iron to You can take it anywhere and spot press your clothes on the go with no fuss, no mess, and no wires!

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WTF Moments in Fashion Tech History: Lady Gaga Edition

Where did Lady Gaga find her inspiration for this bustier of "empowerment?"

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Kyeok Kim's Second Skin Jewelry

Jewelry designer Kyeok Kim plays with the relationship between ornamentation and the body, allowing colorful light to cascade over the skin or leaving impressions of text on the body.

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