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Make It Wearable Winners

Drumroll please... The winner of Intel's Make It Wearable development track is:

Nixie, a wearable, flying selfie-cam!

Yes, the above image is a rendering and at first glance it may look like a bulky piece of hardware, but the latest prototype is rather elegant. This was definitely in my top 3 picks due to the segmented industrial design solution for the arms of the quad-copter wrapping around the wrist.  Hopefully they'll make some nice images with some of their $500K prize money, but meanwhile, here's their publicity video:

Congratulations, Team Nixie!

In second place, the heart-warming project from Open Bionics. An open-source, 3D printable robotic hand, filling the need for affordable, customizable prosthetics.

And third place went to ProGlove, a tool to help manufacturing professionals to analyze and augment their work (while looking cool).

There is still time to vote for the fan favorite at votemakeitwearable.com.  Maybe you love one of the top three, but the other seven finalists are well worth checking out:

Wristify

A bracelet that warms or cools the…

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Posted by meg on November 3, 2014 at 8:30pm

Make It Wearable Finalists

The ten finalists of Intel's Make It Wearable Build It development track will be announced today, 3 November in San Francisco.  Your intrepid reporter is there to get the scoop. :)

You can participate by watching the live webcast NOW on makeit.intel.com and you can add your voice to the fan vote using the same link.

Yesterday, each team presented their hard work to a panel of judges and guests.  You can read more about the finalists here: makeit.intel.com/finalists

Posted by meg on November 3, 2014 at 12:00pm

Interactive Synapse Dress by Anouk Wipprecht reveals wearer's metal states



Created by Dutch FashionTech Designer Anouk Wipprecht, modeled in collaboration with Italian Architect Niccolo Casas, 3D printed at Materialise, and the awaited Intel Edison (announced at this years CES in Las Vegas) was incorporated into this garment to make it the smartest yet!





Anouk's work tries to imagine how new high tech materials combined with smart sensors and actuators can impact the ways we connect, communicate and relate to one another. She believes technology will transform from the role of a 'device' towards functioning more as an integrated medium. As 'wearable electronics' like smart watches and trackers have fully arrived and it's time to look at what more fashion has to offer, and the field of smart textiles and interactive garments have barely been explored. While there starts to arise more requests for 'intelligent fashion' from the consumer market, as noticed by the designer.



The Synapse Dress is an experiment between…

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Posted by matt pinner on September 17, 2014 at 4:30pm

Richard Nicoll’s Illuminated Garment at London Fashion Week

Richard Nicoll  sent a lovely, illuminated garment down the runway at London Fashion Week. The garment appears to be made from Lumigram fiber optic fabric. Although we’ve seen plenty of examples of Lumigram’s fiber optic fabric in use, Nicoll nailed the fluidity of the design (reminds me of jellyfish) that the fiber optic textile lends itself too. 

The project was done in collaboration with Studio XO and…

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Posted by Syuzi on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

MICA at NYFW

Below are some photos of Opening Ceremonies debut of MICA at New York Fashion Week. 

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Posted by Syuzi on September 8, 2014 at 12:26pm

Metamorphosis — A Kinetic Wearable That Responds to Alcohol Consumption

Metamorphosis is an experimental wearable that responds to the wearer’s alcohol consumption. Designed with pleated origami sleeves that expand and contract, the wearable technology garment reflects the drinker’s confidence levels as she consumes alcohol. The more alcohol consumed, the higher the sleeves. It naturally also expresses how quickly someone has consumed alcohol and their intoxication levels. 

The garment is witty commentary on Korean drinking culture and the customary obligation to drink when invited. 

The garment was developed by a team of artists during a 5 day wearable hackathon in Seoul. 

More details regarding the wearable can be found here

Posted by Syuzi on September 4, 2014 at 10:01am

MICA The Smart Bracelet You Will Covet

Just before the start of New York Fashion Week, Intel reveals images of MICA, an acronym for “My Intelligent Communication Accessory,” their much anticipated collaboration with fashion house Opening Ceremony

Unlike most wearable tech jewelry that falls into the fitness category, MICA  is a lifestyle accessory competing with others like Ringly, Kovert, BlueJewlez, Elemoon and Rebecca Minkoff’s soon to debut smart baubles. 

MICA’s main functionality is that it handles your communication and social feeds acting like as alert mechanism. The difference between MICA and its predecessors (none by the way are on the market quite yet) is that it contains its own 3G cellular radio so it will not need to be tethered to your phone. …

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Posted by Syuzi on September 3, 2014 at 5:07pm

Wearable Tech at Fashion Week

As Fashion Week approaches, I anticipate seeing a lot of new wearable tech pieces hitting the runway. Fashion companies have embraced wearable tech accessories transforming them into stylish jewelry pieces to fit the always connected and the on the go lifestyle of  20- and 30-somethings. 

Most of the accessories are low hanging fruit — mobile chargers or alert notification systems for their mobile devices — but the willingness for both the tech and fashion worlds to collaborate promises a bright and fashionable future for wearables. 

Rebbeca Minkoff is the latest designer to offer stylish accessories to juice your mobile phone or to offer you alerts of incoming call. The accessories will run between $60 - $120 — affordable…

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Posted by Syuzi on September 3, 2014 at 10:22am

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

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