Where’d you get those Googles?

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference

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Kiss The Future 101: Dream a Little Dream of Me


Brooklyn’s own Bitbanger Labs is the brainchild of photographer meister Duncan McCloud Frazier and his compatriot jack-of-all-trades genius Steve McGuigan.
They’ve invented a remarkable eye mask that presumably helps trigger lucid dreaming (or rather the ability to control yourself and your surroundings as you dream!). Remee (REM Enhancing Eye Mask) is the specialized eye mask that is equipped with a microcontroller that flashes a series of six customizable LED light patterns when you are at the peak of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. These dim flashes appear as visual anomalies as you sleep, helping you recognize that you are dreaming and subsequently trigger lucidity. Remee’s performance can be customized and adjusted by placing its built-in light sensors in front of your monitor on their official site while you set your configurations. Oh, so MODERN!
It sounds like a portal to limitless creativity.

Kickstarter once again is proving a fertile ground and is crowd-funding this project where the two bright boys have surpassed their initial goal of $35,000 with $573,000 and counting…
Pre-order yours (for 95$+ 15$international orders) at: www.sleepwithremee




http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bitbangerlabs/remee-the-rem-enhancing-lucid-dreaming-mask/widget/video.html

The Grass is Always Greener: Biocouture

An innovative approach to textile technology is unfolding with this technique that harnesses nature’s forces.
“BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid…The material is nearest in feel to a vegetable leather and, like your vegetable peelings, it can be safely composted when you no longer want it.”

Suzanne Lee is Director of the project and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano-technologies.

BioCouture is investigating the use of microbes to grow a textile biomaterial. Certain bacteria will spin microfibrils of pure cellulose during fermentation which form a dense layer that can be harvested and dried. To a sugary green tea solution they add a mixed culture of bacterial cellulose, yeasts and other microorganisms to produce a flexible cellulose mat. The bacteria feed on the sugar and spin fine threads of cellulose. As these start to stick together they form a skin on the liquids surface. After two to three weeks, when it is approximately 1.5cm thick, they remove the cellulose skin from the growth bath. They can then either use it wet to mold onto a 3D form, like a dress shape, or dry it flat and then cut and sew it into a garment.
Lee is the author of ‘Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe’ published by Thames & Hudson.http://www.biocouture.co.uk/



GraphExeter: New Graphene-based material invented.


A University of Exeter team has discovered a lightweight, flexible and transparent material for conducting electricity.
The new material, called GraphExeter, could transform the electronics industry with the development of wearable electronic devices, such as clothing containing computers, MP3 players and phones. GraphExeter can be used for creating windows or smart mirrors along with computerized interactive characteristics.

Graphene, a one-atom-thick substance, is the thinnest material that can conduct electricity. It is flexible as well as one of the strongest materials. For quite some time, engineers and scientists have been on the race to adapt graphene for electronics. This process has been a challenging one for them due to its sheet resistance, which confines its conductivity.

The Exeter team compressed ferric chloride molecules between two sheets of graphene in order to create GraphExeter as a possible alternative to ITO. The team is now working on creating a spray-on version of the material that can be applied onto windows, mirrors and fabrics.

Dr Monica Craciun, the lead researcher at University of Exeter, said that GraphExeter can redefine the electronics industry. He also said that the material outperforms other types of carbon-based transparent conductor utilized in electronics and can be used for different applications.

The research findings on GraphExeter are published in the journal called Advanced Materials.
By Cameron Chai
Source: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/

Nendo: The Thin Black Line

Nendo, the wondrous japanese group formed by Canadian born Oki Sato, will show at the London Design Week with a collection based on calligraphy. Pure line art in steel.
One can get a hold of their magic at 1%, the online store that features productions of only 100 of each design.
See more of their terrific work for Hermes, Cartier and Boffi here: NENDO

On Cloud 9: Berndnaut Smilde, Cloudmaker

BERNDNAUT SMILDE is a prolific young Dutch artist from Amsterdam who deals with transitional spaces, corridors, staircases and well, clouds. Beautifully momentary clouds that are created through the alchemy of smoke, moisture, and spot lighting. As Smilde himself says of his installations, which were developed for the online gallery probe, give form to “physical presence found within transitional space.”

BIO-LIGHT: Green futures

In an innovative move, Dutch firm Phillips moves with the times and introduces an off-grid solution to lighting using everyday waste products…Utilizing the principles behind biological luminescence such as fireflies and deep sea creatures which provide light through bioluminescent BACTERIA. This bacteria, in theory, could be collected and mixed with kitchen and even bathroom wastes in individual pods where the reaction takes place. Further uses could fuel outdoor low-light venues like roadway edge indicators. There is no heat produced by this reaction and would not require further energy supplies. Saving the world seems just a tiny bit closer.
More: PHILLIPS

Le Nouveau Parfum: Swallowable Perfume

As if taking a scene from the beautiful French film, “Le Parfum” and reeling it into the 21st Century, a new chapter unfolds.
Introducing, SWALLOWABLE PARFUM, a innovative solution that permits the user to swallow a capsule and produce a fragrance that is generated from WITHIN.

Lucy McRae and synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy from Amsterdam, have produced a capsule with synthetic fragrant lipids that mimic the structure of the fat molecule found in the body, this when those lipids get metabolized by the body’s enzymes, fragrant molecules are released and excreted through the skin’s surface through perspiration. The skin acts like an atomizer for the fragrance and the resulting scent is determined by the individual: current temperature, stress, exercise or sexual arousal. Have a glimpse below:

SWALLOWABLE PARFUM® from Lucy McRae on Vimeo.

Website: http://www.swallowableparfum.com
Contact: Lucy@LucyMcrae.net

Island Living: The New Utopia

Paypal co-founder and billionaire Peter Thiel, who is currently the Seasteading Institute’s “most generous funder has his mind on on expanding his empire. His initiative constitutes a bold move towards creating floating autonomous states. The initiative is inspired by the idea of creating cities that are free from political agendas and social construction. These “floating cities will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for government,” says the Seasteading Institute. “The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.” Utopian indeed.


Jannis Hulsen: Design



Fresh, innovative approaches to age old questions are what become benchmarks. German designer, Jannis Hulsen does just this in marvelous ways. Here is his explanation for the bio-tech stool: Xylinum is a research project that poses the question: what could future materials and production processes be like? The title Xylinum is the name of the bacterium which produces an artificial cellulose material. This bacterium counsumes sugar and builds a cellulose fibre structure around any given form. Since the process takes place in a nutrition liquid, the wet material can be dryed later on, resulting in a durable and 100 % biodegradable material. The properties of this material can be adjusted by changing the genetic code of the organisms. In collaboration with the company Jenpolymers, a technique was developed to create a »skin« around a wooden stool frame, forming the coating and seating surface.
More at: Jannis Hulsen

Philips Ambient LED Wallpaper

The remarkable Philips LED-illumination wallpaper is neither cheap or green but as an aesthetic feature to restaurants or civic spaces, it certainly adds dynamic atmosphere. This new development would have interactive panels that respond to music, movement or any such visual appropriate to the environment. There is also the possibility of acting as an acoustic buffer. Personally, I think it would be great in the bedroom or bathroom as the dimensions are perfect…

Philips LED Wallpaper

For a visual of this check out the link:
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1

World’s First 3-D Print clothing item

Exciting new technologies like 3-D printing has been used to create the world’s first piece of clothing, otherwise known as N.12. Apart from the lukewarm name, it is a functional contoured bikini…
The N12 bikini is for sale, but quite pricey at this stage. It costs around US$200-300 for each part of the bikini and can be ordered at Continuum Shop. Hopefully prices will fall as 3D printed clothing gains popularity.

Order here

N12.bikini – Intro Video from Continuum Fashion on Vimeo.

THE HOUSE OF ORGANZA


Last night we experienced the launch of HOUSE OF ORGANZA where designer Lyall Hakaraia and stylist Kim Howells have joined forces to lead London’s most fabulous fashion pack to take the canvas of the white organza and create a unique piece in their own discipline. The diaphanous material was going to briefly adorn the actual structure of Vogue Fabrics itself had it not been for the charming weather London is experiencing but the halls of Vogue Fabric in Dalston, where the House of Organza is based, are covered with the fabric instead.

The Designers included in the collaboration are…
PIERS ATKINSON 
JUDY BLAME
CRAIG LAWRENCE
ATALANTA WELLER
FRED BUTLER
DR NOKI
GLOVEDUP
LYALL HAKARAIA

On the link between fashion and architecture, Hakaraia says “Fashion and architecture have a great deal in common – fashion can often be ephemeral and superficial, using soft, fluid materials; whereas architecture is considered monumental and permanent, using strong, rigid materials. Regardless of difference in size, scale and materials, the point of origin for both fashion design and architecture is the human body, both practices protect and shelter us, while providing a means to express our identities whether personal, political, religious or cultural.”

The pieces made by the designers for House of Organza were shot by Mari Sarai and styled by Kim Howells and will form the basis of the exhibition that is open at Vogue Fabric, 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB. A short fashion film also accompanies this exhibition directed by the talented duo – Dylan Byrne and Ben Strebel of Bogstandard and Dazed Digital are exclusively showing it here.

HOUSE OF ORGANZA is situated at 66 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB until Sunday 6pm

Customers and designers interact to create 2010’s fashion lines

THE INDEPENDENTFriday, 18 December 2009

A new trend is emerging in the fashion world, likely to influence the way collections are conceived for the year to come: designers are increasingly calling on their followers for help.

Web aficionados Dolce & Gabbana – the Italians have both a gossipy news site, swide.com, and an e-commerce – have repeatedly asked fans for feedback on their creations or even for their own design suggestions. Apparently experiencing designer’s block while working on the upcoming ranges, Stefano Gabbana tweeted: “‘I accept suggestions on women’s collection…..(just 2day) :-)))),” and both designers have asked fans about their opinion on shoes for the next range via YouTube.

Top model Coco Rocha, who is currently working on her first clothing line, also didn’t hide her lack of inspiration when she released a video on her Oh so Coco blog, asking her followers to suggest names for the range. The post has so far attracted more than 400 responses – the winning submission has not yet been announced.

Both moves are part of a tendency of designers listening to and interacting with their customers, from made-to-measure (Prada) and customization services (Louis Vuitton) to livestreams of their fashion shows (Alexander McQueen) and open calls for them to star in their advertising campaigns (Calvin Klein).

Social media are naturally playing an important part here, with many brands launching new portals to widen their reach. Burberry, for instance, recently introduced the interactive website, theartofthetrench.com, that lets users upload pictures of how they styled their coats – which in turn is likely to influence Burberry designer Christopher Bailey’s creation process.