The BB.Suit, created by the brand byBorre, was inspired by a project to create vibrating pillows to communicate with dementia patients whose other senses were impaired. While working on that project, the designers developed a method of knitting together fabric with wires and electronics, which inspired the Wi-Fi suit.
Borre Akkersdijk, founder of byBorre, was wearing the baggy quilted suit - part ganster, part oversized onesie - when Live Science met with him. Borre was linked into his suit's hotspot with his iPad at the time. The BB.Suit makers also partnered with the online music platform 22tracks to allow people at SXSW to upload music to the suit's network and stream it from the suit's hotspot.
Solar-Powered Clothing For the practical-minded fashionista, Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen is creating dresses and coats that incorporate solar cells, which could be used to power a smartphone or other gadgets. Van Dongen's brand was a finalist in the wearable-technology category at the South By Southwest Accelerator, a live pitch competition held March 8-9.