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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Scratch 'n' Sniff... jeans, raspberry scented jeans are here

I remember winning spelling tests, or just doing a good job on some homework in school and getting scratch 'n' sniff stickers. It made me feel like I'd been awesome, and can prove it by sniffing my stickers. Well, now you can sniff... your jeans.

 

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Naked and Famous Denim have created a pair of scratch 'n' sniff jeans, where the effect of the smell is created using a coating of micro capsules that hold a bit of 'perfume' which is baked into the surface of the jeans. Scratch the jeans and the scent is released.

 

The raspberry scent still comes through, even after the jeans have been washed. Imagine a "new jeans smell", where you could possibly not wash your jeans for months at a time. I'm sure there's plenty out there that would love this feature. Myself, I prefer my jeans washed. Raspberry smell could come in handy, though.

Thermaltake Gets Their Bang on With New Headphones

CES 2012 - We met with Thermaltake today and will be covering them over the next couple of days. Before I dart out to meet with Seagate I wanted to show you how Thermaltake rocks your dome.

 

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There are several model names shown in the image, Dracco, Hyperion and so forth. From afar they don't look all that impressive (poor lighting for taking images at a distance). Once you get closer though the craftsmanship comes out.

 

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As you can see there are textures all over the place and these headphones all felt good on my head. On the right side we even see a big pimpin version with a gold chrome and red stitch model.

 

Click inside for more images.

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Only in Japan: Prevent car theft, by scanning your butt

Yes, that title is correct, no typos, no mistakes. A unique car seat has been built in Japan (no way!) and includes sensors within the cushion of the seat which measure your weight, posture and butt shape, and lock down the cars engine if the seat decides its not your sexy ass.

 

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The seat was developed by a group of researchers at Tokyo's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology. It uses a system of 360 sensors to measures the pressure people apply on it. The information used is then aggregated to show data like the highest point of pressure, area of contact on the seat and other factors, which point toward a 98-percent chance of correctly identifying the driver.

 

STOMPer HotSeat wrote:

 

Researchers in Japan have designed a car seat that uses sensors to measure a person's weight and ass-shape. The technology stops the car from starting for anyone other than the owner, thus preventing theft. Who needs face detection these days? People might start cloning butts to steal cars, though...

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