The open-source hardware company Adafruit Industries, recently announced its new seweable electronic device called FLORA.

The inventor, is an MIT Engineer, Limor Fried, must known as LadyAda.

Named one of the “Most influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company, Fried, who was a member of the MIT wearables group and likes to sew, thinks that even if wearable electronics means serious applications for health, medicine and other technical fields, it doesn’t need not be just used for those activities and could also be used as part of fashion. She says that “she envisions a world where people carry handbags with text or video, or wear TV screens on their T-shirts.”

A small, user friendly wearable electronic device

In practical terms, the FLORA is a small 1.75 inches across computing device. It can be sewn into any material, garment or accessory and since it does not use FTDI headers (headers of any kind sticking out can grab and tear fabric.) it can be used with any fabrics, even the more delicates.

Thanks to its built-in USB port, the FLORA is fledgling users friendly : you plug it in to program it, it just shows up. Compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux PC for programming, anyone should be able to use it with only its imagination as a limit. And with its USB HID support, you will be able to control it from your cell phone with the Apps for iOS and Android.

Made in New York City

The FLORA is made in NYC at Adafruit and will soon be available. The kit will come with Adafruit’s support, tutorials and projects. Adafruit has dozens of projects that will be released with its new device in 2012 and has staff entirely dedicated to creating tutorials and projects for use with it!

 “Let a hundred flowers bloom.”

In a recent interview on Wired, Phillip Torrone, Adafruit’s creative director explained :“We have lots of ideas, but one of the things we learned from our involvement with (Microsoft, ndlr) Open Kinect, is that it’s better to turn it over to the Adafruit’s community, see what they imagine, and let them go. Ultimately users and other developers are going to be the ones who figure out what the platform will do. “That’s one reason we named it ‘Flora,’” he said. “Let a hundred flowers bloom!”

And you? How will you use it?

Picture and video copyrights : Adafruit

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