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Ralph Lauren Fashions Wearable Tech

Ralph Lauren has entered the wearable tech market with the debut of Polo Tech, a smart compression shirt that reads biometric data. Collabortaing with OMsignal, the Polo Tech shirt contains soft sensors that read respiration and heart rate as well as an accelerometer and gyroscope to capture movement. 

The Polo Tech shirt will be available in the spring and offered in a variety of patterns and colors. 

Incorporating technology into garments is a strategic move for the Ralph Lauren brand in an attempt to make the brand more current and “thoroughly modern,” stated David Lauren, executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications at Ralp Lauren Corp. …

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Posted by Syuzi on August 25, 2014 at 11:35am

Jennifer Crupi's Gesture Jewelery

A few weeks ago, I discovered the wonderful work of Jennifer Crupi while visiting the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design.

Part prosthesis, part fine jewelery, the collection hits a sweet-spot between art, craftsmanship, and critical design.

Ornamental Hands: Figure One (shown worn).  Photo: Christian Luis

The Ornamental Hands series treats the hands themselves as jewels, set in sterling silver in delicate, lady-like positions.  The wearer is trained to daintily bend her thumb or raise her pinky finger - a wonderful juxtaposition between the lady-like gestures and the rigid, surgical qualities of the jewelery.

Ornamental Hands: Figure Three (shown worn).  Photo: Christian Luis

Already an established artist, Jennifer Crupi's work is well-researched and thoughtfully presented in the exhibition.  Figure Three of the Ornamental Hands series is shown above below being worn.  The photo below is the display stand for the same piece with historical illustrations showing examples of the gesture.  The contrast between the delicate gesture and the hard metal instrument is emphasized and reminds us of the strict social norms that frequently dictate body language.…

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Posted by meg on August 24, 2014 at 9:14pm

Moff: Wearable Smart Toy For Kids

Moff is a gesture-controlled wearable tech bracelet for children that transforms everyday objects to toys by animating them with sound effects.  Moff works with an app that allows you to select a variety of play experiences from magic wands to a guitar.

The bracelet contains a 3 axis accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth to connect to the app. 

Moff is creating a new imaginative play gaming experience for kids. It’s delightful to see wearables in the kids space that link technology to imagination. 

Moff is …

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Posted by Syuzi on August 21, 2014 at 10:32am

Fibers Software Transforms Your Fuelband Data into Art

Fibers is a lovely data visualization software that transforms Nike Fuelband data into artworks. The project was developed by data visualization artist Marcin Ignac in collaboration with Nike to celebrate the “We Own The Night — Nike Women’s 10k run.” 

A fiber represents a days worth of activity with color and thickness indicating activity levels and intensity. The length of the fibers indicates total sum of activity in comparison to previous days. 

7 days worth of data is translated into dynamic, abstracts prints. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the software was available to us all so we can make prints of our own daily movement? 

via Creative…

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Posted by Syuzi on August 19, 2014 at 1:35pm

2014 FashioNXT Wearable Technology Fashion Competition

Here’s your chance to enter a wearable tech competition focused on making wearables more fashionable. The projects can be conceptual and it looks all you need are drawings and sketches. 

Deadline: Sept 5, 2014

Details below:

Welcome to the 2014 FashioNXT Wearable Technology Fashion Competition for the most fashionable wearable technology design concept, presented by Digital Trends.



The purpose of this competition is to inspire innovative thinking to go beyond and above making technology wearable to making it fashionable and most importantly worn. Imagine and design what has not been imagined before. Stretch the imagination on all ideas fashionable with no limits or boundaries. Change the status quo on how the world experiences the use of technology through fashion.

Conceptual designs are encouraged to be fashion forward with use of innovative technology design methodologies and proposed materials. Design concepts do not have to be currently feasible. The technology specifications are not part of the competition criteria. The competition’s sole focus is on the fashion forwardness of the conceptual designs and…

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Posted by Syuzi on August 18, 2014 at 10:20am

Adidas Reissues Micropacer OG

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Adidas is reissuing the Micropacer OG running shoe with a built-in pedometer.

The shoe will come in its original retro-futuristic silver colorway and, like the original, it will be laceless.

The originally made its debut in 1984!

The sneaker will retail for $255 on August 18.

via NY Daily News

Posted by Syuzi on August 14, 2014 at 10:00am

The Resurgence of Mass Customization: What It May Mean for Wearable Tech

Mass customization appears to be making a huge come back as companies are streamlining the production and manufacturing of personalized products. Mass customization was a hot topic in the late 90’s, with Nike launching NIKEID, a website that allows you design your own Nike shoes, in 1999. Today it’s not only the big players like Nike and Burberry who are entering into the bespoke goods market. Startups, banking on the fatigue of fashion fashion, are building businesses that allow customers to create personalized, one-of-a-kind products. 

Convival Project is a London-based studio that has created a beautiful IOS App that allows customers to customize the patterns of a scarf. The Generative Scarves app enables the user to customize colors and patterns and create a unique print for an individual scarf that can be ordered online.…

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Posted by Syuzi on August 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

5 Wearable Tech Jewelry Pieces Targeted at Women

For women, smart jewelry has become the antidote to the bulky, smart watches designed predominately for the male, tech-obsessed market. At least, that appears to be the wearable tech trend for 2014. If historically jewelry was used as a signifier of fertility, wealth and social hierarchy, high tech adornments are aiming to be social identifiers for the powerful, “connected” busy women. Women  whose inboxes and voicemails are so full they need their jewelry to bling and buzz to selectively filter “important” calls and emails. 

Apparently I’m not important enough to be one of those women. 

The use cases for high-tech jewelry unfortunately fall short considering the affordances they currently provide. Most are feeble alert mechanisms for our mobile device attempting to solve the age old problem of people being immersed in glowing screens. Some are marketed as jewelry that keeps you connected while others tout the pleasure of allowing you to “disconnect.” 

Regardless of the utility, one thing is certain: If these high-tech baubles are to subsist after one season, design has to reign. These young companies need to understand the fashion accessories market and the trend-driven competitive landscape — and design and manufacture accordingly — to be considered more than a novelty and a one-season wonder. 

A few should be applauded for bringing a unique voice to their smart…

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Posted by Syuzi on August 11, 2014 at 2:30pm

Energy Addicts Asks: How Far Will You Go?

Naomi Kizhner's critical design work Energy Addicts is a collection of three parasitic jewelery pieces that harvest energy from the wearer's body.

The E-pulse Conductor harvests electrical pulse energy from the spine. Photo: Shahar Tamir

Designed to start a conversation about how far we are willing to go to fill our need for energy, the pieces are intended to be invasive and provocative.

Blood Bridge attaches to the wearer via two hypodermic needles that allow the blood to flow past a "water wheel" to create power. Photo: Shahar Tamir

The combination of thought-provoking concept, beautiful design and well-crafted execution ticks all the boxes for me.

Blinker harvests energy from blinking eyelids. Photo: Shahar Tamir

Naomi Kizhner’s created the work as part of her graduation project at Jerusalem's Hadassah College.

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Posted by meg on August 10, 2014 at 3:02pm

LEO —The Latest Fitness Wearable With Enhanced Biosignal Monitoring

LEO — an elastic fitness band that you wear on your thigh — integrates sophisticated biosignal monitoring to help improve your athletic performance. Unlike activity trackers, the LEO leg band isn’t intended to be worn all day. 

Its intended audience appears to be fitness enthusiasts (think triathletes) and professional athletes who would like more detailed analysis of their muscle activity (intensity, fatigue and coordination) coupled with their heart rate and hydration levels to provide insight into their physiology and performance.…

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Posted by Syuzi on August 7, 2014 at 10:02am

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