A lot of the exciting "future is now" stuff we see online these days comes with the caveat that it currently only exists in a secret underground university laboratory. Unfortunately, like generations of humans before us, we too must wait for the future.
That's why I'm pretty excited to see the Motorola + VivaLnk digital tattoo project available to buy for a buck (US) each (in packs of ten) and ready to roll:
And here's how it works:
What's that, I hear you say? Their marketing says it takes the average user 2.3 seconds to access their phone and we do this approximately 39 times a day? But you know MATH so you've figured out that it will only save about 90 seconds per day of your precious time. Quit your whining and welcome to the future, baby.
Posted by meg on July 28, 2014 at 8:36pm
If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the tiny French village of Poncé-sur-le-Loir from 28-31 July, you are in for an e-textile treat! As part of the eTextile Summer Camp 2014, there will be an exhibition showcasing some of the work of the participants.
The Summer Camp exhibition at Paillard Contemporary Arts Centre will host a wide range of work, from academically funded research to artistic collaborations and DIY explorations.
Some works are completely new and will be shown for the first time, while some of them will be more familiar. Definitely some of the most interesting e-textile explorations from the past few years will be on display, and if you're lucky, you'll catch the creators as well. A full list can be found here: http://etextile-summercamp.org/2014/exhibition/Continue
Posted by meg on July 24, 2014 at 5:55pm
The greatly anticipated Tory Burch collaboration with Fitbit is available for preorder today. The small collection features two patterned silicone bracelets, a brass necklace and brass bracelet.
Out of all four, the brass bracelet is my personal favorite. The collection is designed with Burch’s classic graphic sensibility. Priced at $195 for the bracelet and $175 for the pendant, fashioning your Fitbit also comes at a designer price.
Unlike most costume jewelry, the Fitbit accessories are meant to be worn daily. I’d be a bit concerned about how quickly it would oxidize with everyday use.
So what you guys think: Hot or…Continue
Cindy Strobach uses red cabbage dye and electrical household appliances to create fascinating colorful printed textiles. She created the work for her Final Show project at London's Royal College of Art.
Part of a larger exploration into the invisible phenomena of our everyday environment, the Electro Colour series reveals the hidden lives of two electrical appliances, a speaker and a toaster. Working with water electrolysis, which changes the water's acidity level depending on its proximity to positive or negative electrodes, she uses red cabbage dye on silk as a pH indicator. This allows us to see the acidic and alkaline properties of the process as colored patterns.
There's so much to like about this work - on one level the pieces can be appreciated as aesthetically-pleasing and well-crafted. Conceptually, there is a kind of communication between the artist and the lowly devices that inhabit her home. The more poetic among us might say she give the appliances a voice, but personally, I'm above all delighted by the beautiful science-demo aspect of the work.
If you like this work as much as I do and…Continue
With the impending threat of smart watches making activity trackers obsolete, Withings has made a brave, bold move to enhance a classic timepiece with activity monitoring capabilities. The end result is a timeless watch with a second dial that displays your progress towards your goal.
Activite is first and foremost a timepiece and it is a bold move for a technology company to enter into the traditional world of watchmaking. Created by a team of Parisian designers and Swiss watchmakers, Activité can bravely command its $390 price point without having brand recognition let alone any history.
Activité pushes activity monitors beautifully into the realm of…Continue
Posted by meg on June 13, 2014 at 2:30pm
I’m thrilled to announce the Intel-sponsored Extreme Wearables Designathon taking place at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA June 27-29.
The Designathon is a three day making fest where multidisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, scientists, storytellers come together to fashion wearable technology prototypes that can truly change lives.
I, along with a team of experts, will be leading the 3 day making festivities so I hope you can join. If access to 3D printers, free Adafruit Flora Sensor Kits, and sewing machines isn’t enough to wet your appetite, winning teams have the chance to win $1,000 Cash from Intel® Corporation + opportunity to pitch at WearableTechLA + free entry to WearableTechLA + project feature on gizmodo.com
Spaces are limited so register today!!
Posted by Syuzi on June 12, 2014 at 4:40pm
Just like fashion, wearable tech is being driven by trends. 2013 was the year of wrist-worn devices while 2014 will be driven by wearables that take the form of jewelry.
In May, Misfit Wearables launched the Bloom necklace, a stainless steel pendant to wear the Shine activity tracker. In Janurary at CES, Fitbit announced a collaboration with fashion designer Tory Burch to transform the Fitbit into a fashionable accessory.
Today we have the launch of Ringly, a Bluetooth ring targeted at women who don’t want to miss a call. Ringly is banking is on fact that smart jewelry will appeal to women more than a smart watch. With the current bulky design of most smart watches, they may be right. …Continue
Posted by Syuzi on June 10, 2014 at 2:01pm
In a news release last week on their blog, NASA announced the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, a 3D motion tracking company. The shoe finely tracks pressure both in gravity and zero-gravity environments in order to analyze astronauts' performance during weight-bearing exercises. Let's take a look:
Our bones and muscles are optimized for Earth-like gravity conditions. That's why extended periods of time spent in space result in bone-density and muscle strength degradation. Weight-bearing exercises are difficult to do in weightless environments so space agencies have developed exercise machines using vacuum cylinders to help astronauts minimize the effects of time spent in zero-g.
The sandals will gather data on astronauts' workout behavior both on Earth and in space in order to analyze the differences between these environments and design better exercises and equipment. These shoes aren't a fashion item, they're a device that's part of a tool-kit.
It's not really fair to judge this kind of tech without knowing all the constraints faced by the development team, so I do offer my critique with my tongue in my cheek. I'm sure that the amount of tech packed into these shoes would blow my tiny mind, but I'm still going to give you my two cents (one cent technical, one cultural):
1. Was it necessary to make such a large device? In space missions, every ounce counts, so surely a slipper or sock would have been a better solution. I can imagine…Continue
Posted by meg on June 7, 2014 at 1:30pm