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The invisible bike helmet from Sweden

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 2:32 am

Two Industrial Design students from the University of Lund, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, decided that the old-fashioned helmet that we are all used to is just too uncomfortable and bothersome. So they set out to design a new helmet for cyclists. With their team of 17 people they have designed a new style of helmet and they are calling it the Hovding helmet.

 

 

With this Hovding helmet you'll be able to have full head protection and still have the freedom of feeling a breeze through your hair, all while being comfortable. Anna and Terese thought up this design for their Master's Thesis in Industrial Design. The great part is that you don't even have to wear it on your head. The device deploys an airbag-style helmet upon impact.

 

Weblog Jalopnik gives an introduction to their product."Tired of strapping ugly, uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells to their heads, the pair came up with a pretty revolutionary solution that does manage to give you full head protection without, remarkably, wearing anything on your head."

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Suit up! Canadian tailor takes orders on bulletproof suits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 11, 2013 3:31 am

It looks like Canadian tailor shop Garrison Bespoke is about to get a slew of orders from Wall Street, as the tailor shop is now taking orders for a bulletproof suit. Yes, a suit that is capable of taking a few bullets, if you want to look good while doind so.

 

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Garrison specializes in luxury, so you shouldn't be surprised with the bulletproof suit starting price of $20,000. The bulletproof suit features carbon nanotubes in a layer under the fabric of the suit, which harden on impact to both stop bullets and knife blades. Of course, the technology was originally developed for US military applications.

 

Tailor, Michael Nguyen, says: "After receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we set out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath."

 

The material is reportedly more flexible than Kevlar, and it also weighs half that of Kevlar, too. What good is the suit, if you don't know it's bulletproof until you're shot, or stabbed? Well, Garrison hosted an event to show off the bulletproof suit, firing 9mm rounds into the suit that didn't penetrate the vest.

ASUS' new ROG Nomad Back Pack is your new LAN friend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Jun 4, 2013 8:44 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Just when you thought you knew a company, they bust through your imagination and go that little bit further. ASUS have done that quite a lot to the public over the last 24 or so hours, and their new Republic of Gamers (ROG) Nomad Back Pack is no different.

 

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As you can see from the images above, and below, it looks like a normal back pack, but in the traditional ASUS ROG black and red color scheme. It looks great, is highly detailed, and looks like it would be the perfect accessory for lanners, or fans of ASUS' ROG line in general. The ROG Nomad can fit a 17-inch notebook inside, with its 17-inch notebook suspension system and padded pockets. There's ventilated back padding that keeps you comfortable on the move, and durable ballistic nylon that keeps your gear safe, and dry.

 

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Mujjo's leather touchscreen gloves offer full compatibility with style this Dec.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 1:46 pm

As the Android and iOS flame wars continue on an hourly basis, there's one thing we could all agree with: our fingers are freezing when using our phones in the winter. Temperatures below zero and using touchscreen phones don't mix as having your delicate fingers out for too long can result in some seriously cold digits.

 

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Touchscreen-compatible gloves have been available for for years now, but what if you want to use your phone while outside of the classiest of classy parties and cotton gloves would look silly? Then you may be interested in Mujjo's Leather Touchscreen Gloves.

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CreepyTT: Fashion brands embedding cameras in mannequins to boost luxury sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 7:18 pm

Next time you're walking around a store checking out what the mannequin is wearing, it may just be checking you out back. A new mannequin is being sold by Almax SpA called the EyeSee. This new mannequin differs from the traditional mannequin in that it has a camera in its eye that feeds back data to facial recognition software.

 

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It's similar to the technology used at airports by police, however, these fashion companies aren't looking to catch criminals. Instead, they want to gather as much data as possible so that they have a fighting chance of keeping up with online retailers. Online retailers currently have access to loads more personal information than traditional stores do.

 

It's really a bit creepy, actually. The facial recognition software logs the age, gender, and race of people who walk by. It probably logs other information, such as people who stay in front of the mannequin for long periods of time. According to the manufacturer, companies have already made changes because of the data.

 

For instance, one store found that after 4 p.m., one-third of visitors coming through one door were Asian. This prompted the store to place Chinese-speaking staff closer to that door. There are legitimately good reasons for doing something like this, but it is still a bit creepy. Just remember, any time you are in public, you're probably on a video camera.

Philips to sell iOS-controlled LED light bulbs, will be an Apple Store exclusive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Oct 30, 2012 11:36 am

I imagine these new lights are going to be popular with teens across the world, with Philips announcing a new iOS-controlled LED lighting system that can display almost any color, personalizing the lighting experience with a wide array of dimmer and scheduling options.

 

 

Philips believe at the new "hue" light bulbs would reinvent "the way we think about and experience light in our homes". Philips elaborates:

 

Building on its innovation capabilities, today Philips unveils hue, the world's smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system. Philips hue signals a new era in home lighting both in the way we think about and experience light in our homes. It allows you to create and control the light using your smartphone or tablet.

 

Philips hue can be setup in minutes. The intuitive app allows you to remotely control your home lighting to help secure your home, personalize your home lighting experience with custom settings and program timers to help manage your daily schedules, all through the convenience of a smart device. An intuitive and seamless system, Philips hue is upgradeable and future-proof, with the potential for more features to be downloaded and enjoyed in the future.

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3D-printed shoes are the latest fashion, only cost $900 a pair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 8:29 pm

Always chasing the latest fashion trends? A fan of 3D printing? Why not combine the two? Well, now you can. A company is offering 3D-printed shoes and they will only set you back $900. The collection is named "strvct" and "uses innovative materials to create fantasy-inspired designs." Take a look:

 

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The shoes aren't just for decoration; they can actually be worn thanks to the durable nylon they are printed from. They also feature a synthetic rubber sole for traction and a "patent leather inner sole." They say that the "triangulated spin on the classic wedge pump...brings to mind Cinderella's glass slipper in its transparency" but I'm not convinced.

 

Theoretically, these shoes could be made at home on a 3D printer, all you need are the designs. But, more importantly, it puts existing technology to cool new uses. The shoes are made to order so they could take a bit of time to be delivered, not to mention $900 seems a bit high to pay for a pair of shoes. Nevertheless, they are cool.

TshirtOS is a web-connected, programmable T-Shirt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Aug 2, 2012 7:33 pm

As if there weren't enough shirts with phrases on them to express yourself, a new shirt looks to be programmable via your smartphone to allow instant changes to what is displayed. CuteCircuit, which worked on the idea with Ballantine's whisky, is about to start product testing and is planning to mass produce if there is enough interest.

 

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The shirt features an LED display, camera, microphone, speaker and accelerometer in a nifty package. Better yet, everything is controllable via your smartphone. The shirt can play music videos, show Tweets, capture belly-height photos and Instagram them, or pretty much anything else you can think of using those included devices.

 

There is no official price, spec list, or even Kickstarter page, but it's likely more than just viral marketing. Taking a gander at CuteCircuit's history, there's no reason to believe that it won't be produced. Take a look at the video released by CuteCircuit below:

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The scent of a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, in sprayable form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:56 am

When posting news, I have to select a category, but what would this fall under? The closest would be Fashion meets Tech, but it was a hard choice! This news is not a joke, or a troll. Melbourne-based artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn have teamed up with Air Aroma for a new unique fragrance.

 

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The new product is said to smell like a brand new Apple product, specifically a MacBook Pro, just as its been opened for the first time. Yes. I'm being serious.

 

To replicate the smell a brand new unopened Apple was sent to our fragrance lab in France. From there, professional perfume makers used the scents they observed unboxing the new Apple computer to source fragrance samples. On completion the laptop was sent back to Australia, travelling nearly 50,000kms and returned to our clients together with scent of an Apple Macbook Pro.

 

The new fragrance will be used at the artists' art show in Melbourne, where it will be diffused throughout the exhibit with an Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser. The bad news? The scent doesn't look to be going into mass production, so the legions of Apple worshippers can't get their hands, and noses, on this gear.

Locator chips in school uniforms tracks whether students attend school

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 3:31 pm

20,000+ students in Brazil will be required to wear these so called "intelligent uniforms," which contain locator chips, to make sure students are attending their classes. If there was ever a 1984, this is it. Many foreign countries, outside of the United States that is, have many ways of keeping students in school.

 

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In Thailand, for example, most schools have a strict uniform policy. If a student is caught in an entertainment-type location in a school uniform, the police can be called to take the student back to school. Brazil has gone a step further: students are now required to wear a uniform that have a small locator chip to alert parents when they aren't where they should be.

 

"We noticed that many parents would bring their children to school but would not see if they actually entered the building because they always left in a hurry to get to work on time," said Coriolano Moraes, the city's education director. "They would always be surprised when told of the number times their children skipped class."

 

However, this is pretty easily beaten. Imagine the students just packing a change of clothes in their backpack. All they would have to do is leave the uniform inside the facility, and there would be no problems. Has Brazil gone to far? This is treating our kids a lot like an animal is treated, but is it for their own good?

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