Posts Tagged ‘Wearing’
While Microsoft’s main investment in sensor technology has been Kinect, the software maker hasn’t ventured into wearable devices recently. With devices like Jawbone and Nike’s FuelBand soaring in popularity, and Google’s Glass set to debut later this year, there’s clearly a shift towards wearable computing in general. Speaking at Microsoft’s TechForum event this week, the company’s president of the Interactive Entertainment Business responsible for Xbox, Don Mattrick, offered his own predictions for the future of wearable tech.
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Certainly brings new meaning to ‘cocktail dresses’, amirite? No? Nevermind then.
Micro’be’ fermented fashion investigates the practical and cultural biosynthesis of clothing – to explore the possible forms and cultural implications of futuristic dress-making and textile technologies.
Instead of lifeless weaving machines producing the textile, living microbes will ferment a garment.
By combining art and science knowledge and with a little inventiveness, the ultimate goal will be to produce a bacterial fermented seamless garment that forms without a single stitch.
Call me old fashioned, but the only drinks I wear are the ones I spill on myself. “It’s 7AM and you smell like bourbon.” Haha, my Eau de Intervention? What if I told you it was my roommate’s birthday and he made me take shots as soon as we got up? “You used that excuse a couple months ago.” Dammit, I TOLD you — he was born on Mercury, their years are DIFFERENT.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots of the icky sticky.
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There hasn’t been a whole lot of news coming out of the Google Zeitgeist event taking place in a posh hotel on the outskirts of London this week, but Google’s making some other news in England: its CEO Larry Page has been spotted wearing Google Glasses.
The pictures of Page wearing the super-funky augmented reality eyewear are possibly the first — although his Google co-founder Sergey Brin has also been seen wearing them in the wild. Today’s pictures come courtesy of a Google employee, who posted them — where else? — on Google +.
“My life is now complete – met Larry Page today! Thank you for visiting EMEA,” the employee wrote alongside his pictures.
Google Glass has been one of the most talked-about new projects at Google for a long time. It’s one of the company’s first big forays into cutting-edge hardware. Other products it’s been reported to be working on are integrating more Google TV functions into set-top boxes and a home-entertainment system.
With the company closing the acquisition of Motorola today, we are likely to get more visibility on what Google’s plans will be for developing more hardware. That, of course, is a strength at Motorola. Hardware is also something that Page himself highlighted recently in his CEO’s letter.
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The Stix project is just a concept now, but what a concept it is. It’s essentially a way for glasses-wearers to enjoy 3D movies without having to put on oddly-shaped and potentially ugly 3D glasses.
The Stix peel off a piece of backing plastic and fit right on your real glasses. When you’re ready to face the real world again you simply peel them off. Lucy Jung and Daejin Ahn designed the concept because Lucy found herself having to wear her contacts when she went to the movies.
She writes on Yanko:
The product is obviously still in prototype stage and, although it’s cool, I wonder how many movie houses actually care if their four-eyed patrons don’t like the big, goofy glasses for which they charge a premium.
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I love how a design like that of the RSW (Rama Swiss Watch) Nazca is bound to be so polarizing. I think that RSW themselves gets a kick out of that. I mean, from a purely business-oriented motive you’d want to make timepieces that appealed to more people, not less people right? Yet despite this RSW continues to tread forth in the design of timepieces that appeal to just some people, but certainly not all people. So what about you? What are you feelings on the Nazca collection?
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In the literature of watch geekdom we often bump up against watches that cost well into the six figures, some even in the seven. I take a populist stance on the purchase of watches and encourage the intelligent watch collector to purchase what they can afford or, better yet, save up for a nice watch they can wear forever. I also, for the most part, scoff at any watch over, potentially, $20,000.
A few weeks ago I went to the JCK show in Las Vegas, a strange trade show for jewelry manufacturers where I learned a few interesting things. There I was given a glimpse at the real underpinnings of the jewelry world and came away with a few insights. First, most jewelry is literally marked up fifty percent. That $5,000 wedding ring? It cost the shop $2,500 or less. That gold ring for $400? It probably cost $50 to make and sold to the jeweler for $150. The second thing I learned is that the difference between expensive and ludicrous can quickly be crossed when when talking about highly engineered, bespoke wristwatches and that, when wearing a $77,000 on the subway, you often concern yourself not only with not scuffing the watch against a metal pole but also with the possibility of being stabbed for the hunk of steel and precious metals on your wrist.
The watch in question was the MB&F Horological Machine 3. It’s a handmade horological novelty with separate minutes and hour hands – in those little domes – and a date window next to the rotor. If you turn it on its side it looks like a little happy frog. The rotor itself is 22K rose gold and therefore worth more than my car.
These sorts of watches are owned by the rich and the super-rich alike. One prominent customer works for one of the major firms in the valley while Sultans and Oligarchs are also a target market. Generally, they make only one or two of these watches and they’re rare by dint of their scarcity, their engineering, and their materials.
First, we need to answer the question as to what makes this watch, among all other watches, special. The watchmaking world is a stratified place. On the low end you have Swatch and Timex and the like. Prices between $10 and $1,000 usually indicate a lower-end brand using mass-produced movements and assembled by robots. Then you have a dead zone between $1,000 and $8,000 populated by the mid-range purveyors like Omega, Tag Heuer, and the like. These guys sell watches the way computer manufacturers sell PCs – you’re basically always buying the same thing but you get a little value-add (or perceived value-add) to jack up the price. Every watch in this range has exactly the same movement, using an ETA or Valjoux mechanism inside.
Then you have the manufacture watches that are ostensibly made by hand from stem to stern. These range in price from $10,000 to about $40,000, depending on complexity and materials. Then you have something like the MB&F HM3. This is essentially a custom piece with a very limited run. Built for very rich collectors, think of this as a piece of artwork you wear on your wrist instead of hanging on your wall. It is, in a sense, condensed wealth and an investment although, in another sense, it is ostentation defined.
I had a blast wearing it and you sort of understand the lure of a $77,000 watch when you strap it your wrist. First you can tell the world “Hey, I’m wearing a freaking $77,000 watch” but there’s so much more. For example, it’s an excellent conversation starter (“Did you notice my $77,000 watch?”), a fun way to meet girls (“I’m wearing a $77,000 watch. What’s your name?”) and an excellent way to smuggle drug money out of Panama without carrying cash – you simply convert your cash into a watch and carry it over the border!
Watches of this pedigree and price are rare and wonderful things. This watch was designed and made in a way that is absolutely impossible to do on a budget and everything about it, from the crystal to the case, is first rate. Is it absolutely my cup of tea and, were I not a watch journo, would I buy one? Probably not this specific model (I like more complications). However, to quote Ferris, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
Props to CrunchGear
If you’re like me, you get a little.. obsessive about checking your email. Wouldn’t want to miss that important message after all. So when I see a project like the email count t-shirt, I start to get a little twitchy. It looks like it could be a DIY project, but I’m not sure I have the necessary skills. Like sewing.
Made by couple of hackers using an Arduino Lilypad and a bluetooth dongle, the shirt will show your current unread email count on your chest. Of course, it’s not commercially available, but you can look here for the details on how they made it.
Props to CrunchGear