Converse is set to launch two new Super Mario Bros. themed sneakers late next month in Japan. The first pair will feature Bowser on them, while the second will have the hero himself, Mario.
In 2012, the company released a black-and-white series, but this new duo of sneakers sport a new design. The new Super Mario Bros. themed Converse sneakers will set you back some $200, so they are there for the bigger Mario fans in the world.
You know the problems we face today, with iPhone users being wall huggers, and not having all-day battery life on our smartphones. The solution? According to fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, a solar-powered dress.
The designer is developing the next-gen dress with her startup, Wearable Solar. When van Dongen took a prototype dress with her to the Brooklyn Northside Festival last month, people got to see the dress in action. TechCrunch's Anthony Ha was there, with van Dongen telling him that she had two main inspirations for the solar-powered dress.
She said: "One of them is the fact that we highly depend on connectivity. We're all addicted to our smartphones and we want them constantly powered, and the better our batteries get, the more we'll use them. And at the same time, working as a werable tech designer, I know the difficulties when integrating these kind of bulky batteries that don't allow for any comfort or wearability. So that's why I thought, why not power your phone through your clothes? And eventually power other interactive qualities that our garments are becoming a platform for".
It's quite the week for sneaker fans, with Nike offering up exclusive LeBron James kicks to NBA 2K14 gamers, but now its Adidas' turn. Adidas is to soon release a smartphone app that will let you customize your sneakers with your Instagram pictures.
The new Photo Print application will launch in August, and will be made available to both Android and iOS devices. You'll need to purchase a specific pair of Adidas shoes, the ZX Flux sneakers. These kicks are part of the customizable miAdidas brand that lets you design and purchase your own colorways. The company hasn't talked much about the app, but I'm sure we'll see more on the Photo Print app in the near future.
Just how much will a customized pair of Instagram selfie-sporting shoes set you back? An estimated $200, up from the regular ZX Flux sneakers which retail for around $90.
LeBron James fan? NBA 2K14 gamer? You are one of the lucky few who can purchase Nike's new LeBron James-branded sneakers - a real-life pair of shoes that have only been made because a bunch of very dedicated NBA 2K14 players put a lot of manhours into the game.
Nike has said that its new shoes are the first physical basketball shoe to be unlocked in a video game. Nike worked with 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts for this very unique wearable promotion. In order to buy the new LeBron James-branded shoes, you have to complete a specific set of in-game tasks of NBA 2K14 on the PS4 or Xbox One.
These tasks include playing a minimum of 60 games in the MyCareer mode, earning an elite ranking, creating a show inside of NBA 2K14's Nike Innovation Kitchen, and shooting the Nike sponsorship path. Nike has said that in order to complete these tasks, it will take around 80 hours of playtime. Gamers who have completed these tasks have the chance to pre-order the shoes, at a price of $220.
Watch Dogs is getting closer, where we've seen a tease of the multiplayer side of the open-world game from Ubisoft, as well as a look at the digital trip Spider Tank vehicle, heck we even heard about a possible sequel to Watch Dogs. Now there's news of a 12-piece men's clothing line from Frank & Oak.
Frank and Oak will be offering up a clothing line that consists of "minimal menswear that blurs the lines between fashion, art, and technology". There will be four t-shirts ($32 each), canvas pants ($65), long-sleeved shirts, a henley and a hoodie ($42-$65), a duffle bag ($115), a hat ($35) and two collared shirts ($55 each).
Smartphone maker Nokia has partnered with fashion designers to create the world's first interactive skirt, using Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphones, which will be shown off during the London Fashion Week.
Designers used programming languages Python and C# to help with software development, and then used 3D printing and laser cutting to put together the first designs. The phones are able to load static images, or adjust to the wearer and the type of day she has had, using live video streams.
"This unique project is about exploring the possibilities of smart technology and fashion coming altogether, as well as supporting new talent to create something special using the beautifully designed Nokia Lumia 1520," said Annie Kearney, Nokia Brand Lab, in a statement.
Technology is finding a bigger presence in the high fashion world, with augmented reality and virtual reality also making a splash. Expect to see 3D printing also hit the runway at a larger frequency in 2014, though cost effectiveness will still scare some designers away.
Most people were disappointed to hear that EA stopped the development on a reboot of the Frostbite-powered Command and Conquer, but is all lost? It looks like the company could bring it back, which would be great.
CNCNZ saw a post on EA's official customer service help site, that hinted toward the company reviving the C&C brand with a new development studio. EA has apologized to any of Victory Studios' alpha testers, also promising to refund any money gamers spent on the project. But, it's the last bit of that post that brings the most hope:
For those of you who bought The C&C Ultimate Collection, your early access to the beta will be honored once production of this title resumes under a new studio. We would like to thank you for your time and interest in Command & Conquer, and we look forward to sharing the news with you when production resumes on this title in the future.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.