Anand Duncan makes HackCouture look great!

Our dear friend Anand Duncan, a Designer on the hit TV Show, Teen Titans GO, was feeling so inspired by our Cloud Hoodie that created her own artistic rendering of it!  We’re feeling very honored by this.

Anand is a fan of the artistry of wearable tech.  She’s also been working on fashion illustrations for a while.  I’m so impressed that she was able to capture the soul of this garment.  She got the accents on the chest and arm just right, and she also included our LED to indicate that it was powered on!  Thanks Anand!

You can check out more of her great work at…

Cloud Hoodie Illustration - by Anand Duncan
Cloud Hoodie Illustration – by Anand Duncan

Cloud Hoodie Featured in Fast Company!

The fabric of this hoodie, built by a team from, is packed with sensors that can help wearers keep tabs on how they move throughout the day. Unlike typical fitness trackers, however, it can also detect a fall, high-velocity impact, or heart-rate anomaly and alert a rescue network. The hoodie helps rescuers locate the wearer and allows them to monitor his or her vital signs while in transit.


HackCouture in Vegas!

This past weekend, four members of Team HackCouture, Erin Weathers, Daniel Herrera, Adam Smith-Kipnis and Vaibhav Vaidya, flew to Las Vegas to compete against 800 other hackers in the AT&T Developers Summit Hackathon.  When we arrived, we joined forces with Bharat Chatla, an Engineer at Zappo’s and Sankalp Shere, an Engineer with Bing who had competed, and took third place against HackCouture, at the Seattle Interactive Conference Hackathon.

During the Vegas Hackathon, we created Cloud Hoodie.  Cloud Hoodie is our prototype of an OnStar system for the clothes you wear.  Built from scratch in under 24 hours, we’ve turned the fabric of the hoodie, into a biometric sensor array, and linked it to AT&T’s M2X Cloud services.  We modified and miniaturized several other sensors and microprocessors to seamlessly pair functionality with style.  While the sensor data gives the customer information about progress in active lifestyles, the hoodie can also detect a fall, high velocity impact, or heart rate anomaly. That information can be used to alert a rescue network, and with the Plantronics communication system under the hood, a first responder could initiate communication with the user.

Our iPhone app also monitors proximity in real time, by way of Qualcomm’s Gimbal system, This enables responders to quickly locate those in distress, while monitoring vital signs in real time.  In addition to giving the user both statistics and a safety net for their active lifestyle, we’ve also built in gesture detection with flex sensors in the arms for increased human-computer interaction.

It was amazing to see the level of support from the sponsors.  We were showered with all sorts of components and high end tech products from the sponsors.  We felt great support from companies including Pebble, Plantronics, Qualcomm, Intel, SparkFun, Samsung, WahooFitness and AT&T’s M2X team.  Although we didn’t place as finalists, it was understandable that the judges had a difficult job ahead of them.  They were tasked with reviewing 113 hackathon projects in only 4 hours!  That being said, we had a great time as a team and are looking forward to refining the ideas in this jacket as well as the glove we built in October, and bringing them to market so that other hackers like ourselves can built on these as a platform. Cloud_Hoodie_01 mobile_appAdam_talking_to_erin_01Vaibhav_hacking_01Daniel_on_tv_01Team_Photo

Some love from All Things Digital and Plantronics

Our friends at Plantronics gave us a shout out and linked to a video of us in their most recent interview with AllThingsDigital.  Thanks Plantronics!

“Our expectations are pretty open-minded right now,” Burton said, describing the concept-hardware side as taking a “kitchen-sink approach.” In the long term, the company will pick out the viable candidates for production based on both “volume and strength of demand,” he added.

For now, the Labs division is focusing its attention on talking to developers and gathering ideas at hackathons. Here’s a video of the winners of a recent hackathon in Seattle; I particularly like the “Smoke on the Water” demo that starts at 1:52.





Our Presentation at SIC

This was our final presentation at SIC.  In the middle of the presentation, the power supply fell out of it’s holder and disconnected itself from the glove.  The bluetooth headset went out of range and became unpaired with the iPad, and pretty much everything that could’ve gone wrong, did.  The amazing thing was that the team jumped into action, sorted out all the technical challenges and came up with some innovative ways to demonstrate our project when things didn’t go exactly as planned.  It felt like being a part of a solid rock band, where everyone was riffing off of each other, and we were all having a blast together.

Our portion of the presentation starts around the 15 minute mark.

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Seattle Interactive Conference Hackathon

For the Seattle Interactive Conference Wearable Computing Hackathon, we created a mobile gesture detecting fabric glove, as well as an accompanying music game,  in only 18 hours.  Plantronics was on site, and they loaned us a prototype accelerometer equipped Bluetooth headset that we used for “head bang detection.”

We took 3rd place for “Best Usage Of Plantronics Technology” and 1st place overall in the competition!

RFID Rings

These are a few RFID ring concepts that we created at Metrix when we first got started as a collective.  We wanted to get a better understanding of RFID tech and figure out how fast we could iterate on 3D printed designs.  These rings were remixed from MMaxsu.