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Navigation is a popular theme for wearable devices. Google Glass is great at taking you to the closest Starbucks, Navigate, a fashionable GPS-enabled coat, will help you find your way to the nearest nightspot, and this DIY Smart Cycling takes you to the nearest Citibike Sharing station.
SuperShoes, by Dhairya Dand, too have typical mapping and wayfinding functionality but with a clever twist. The flexible smart insoles connect to your mobile device to help navigate you to your destination but they also have the ability to learn more about the user — your to-do list, restaurant preferences, favorite hiking spots, etc. Coupling personal data with location-based technologies, of course, is nothing new but using your personal likes and habits as a means to help derail you from your everyday patterns is simply quite fun.
The novel feature of the SuperShoes is that it can instill “acts of random serendipity” — suggest a different route to work in the morning or…Continue
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 2:30pm
Studio XO is singularly attempting to disrupt the fashion industry and what you and I define as fashion. Their vision is so poignant and each of their fashion tech experimentations so progressive, it is safe to say they are Fashion Futurists shaping the future evolution of what we will wear.
What is remarkable is how each project taps into the most primative human desires: the lust to fly or simply be and feel connected. The narratives they weave into their work are not only compelling, but allow us all to connect to it on a more visceral level.
Nancy Tilbury and Benjamin Males of Studio XO have the courage to build what the rest of us might dismiss as impossible.
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:00pm
Moving one step closer to developing electronic skin, Yonggang Huang, a Northwestern University professor and John A. Rogers, a University of Illinois professor, have created a thin, flexible eletronic patch for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.
The patch moves and stretches with the body and incorporates commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics.
Once these patches become inexpensive and disposable, I can see a wide variety of applications that go beyond the medical and health monitoring field.
Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:18am
Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:20pm