Monday, 29 April 2013

Future of wearable technology.....


CuteCircuit

 
CuteCircuit presents the new Pink&Black Collection. A haute couture mini-collection in collaboration with Magnum to launch their new delicious Pink & Black Haute Couture ice cream flavours for summer 2013! Check out the amazing video!


The Pink&Black Collection includes unique designs, made with the most exclusive silk fabrics and CuteCircuit’s Magic Fabric technology controlled by the “Q by CuteCircuit” iPhone App, that illuminate in millions of colours and animations, magically being changed by thousands of fans voting via Twitter.
Two fabulous couture dresses shined already on the red carpet during the “Pink&Black Switch

Parties” organised by Magnum in Mexico and Hungary, where international celebrities have worn them inviting the audience, and all the fashionistas around the world, to be part of the glamorous event tweeting their favorite colour! New dresses from the Pink&Black Collection will continue to be released over the summer, stay tuned! And tweet you favourite colour! Make it Pink, or Make it Black!

Orange power wellies.

Thermoelectric wellies that charge your mobile phone using heat from your feet

Orange today unveils the Orange Power Wellies, a groundbreaking and innovative eco mobile phone charging prototype created to keep Glastonbury Festival goers connected with their friends across the weekend.

The Orange Power Wellies, created in collaboration with renewable energy experts GotWind, use a unique ‘power generating sole’ that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. This ‘welectricity’ can then be used to re-charge your mobile phone. Orange, Official Communications Partner for the Glastonbury Festival, will be showcasing the Orange Power Wellies prototype onsite.

Twelve hours of stomping through the Glastonbury Festival in your Orange Power Wellies will give you enough power to charge a mobile phone for one hour. To increase the length of time you can charge your phone for, simply hot step it to the dance tent because the hotter your feet get, the more energy you produce.

How it works. After a full days festival frolics you can plug your phone into the power output at the top of the welly and use the energy that has been generated throughout the day to charge your phone. The power collected in the ‘power generating sole’ is collected via a process known as the ‘Seebeck’ effect. Inside the power generating sole there are thermoelectric modules constructed of pairs of p-type and n-type semiconductor materials forming a thermocouple. These thermocouples are connected electrically forming an array of multiple thermocouples (thermopile). They are then sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers. When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

Dave Pain, Managing Director at GotWind said: “GotWind are excited to be working with Orange for a fourth year to create an invaluable charging prototype for festival goers. Wellies are now the staple festival footwear, the Orange Power Wellies not only keep you dry but they also provide a crucial eco electricity source.”
Andrew Pearcey, Head of Sponsorship at Orange UK said: “Orange remain loyal to the green ethos of the Glastonbury Festival and are committed to researching exciting new energy sources that can be used on site to ensure people can stay in touch with their nearest and dearest. The Orange Power Wellies use clean and renewable energy to create valuable electricity ensuring festival goers can text and phone their mates for the duration of the weekend”.

The Orange Power Wellies are the latest innovation in Orange’s bid to find alternative sustainable and eco friendly mobile phone charging technologies that can be used at the Glastonbury Festival. Previous projects have included the Recharge Pod powered by wind and solar energy, Dance Charger which drew upon kinetic energy created by dancing and the Orange Power Pump which uses the energy created from a traditional foot pump and converted it into electricity.

Amiigo fitness bracelet.

How is Amiigo different?

Activity Recognition & Physiological Data. Amiigo provides a more personalized fitness tracking experience because we can detect exactly what you are doing and how your body is responding. For example, Amiigo can determine whether you're using the elliptical, running, swimming, doing bicep curls, squats, etc. Amiigo can track & identify different activities and then correlate these activities with physiological information such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.
Create and Record. Users can create and record new exericises that might be unique, abstract or specific to them. After a user records an exercise, it will be recognized in future workouts!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Researchers develop washable wearable computing

According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
Researchers at Nottingham Trent’s Advanced Textiles Research Group have formed the garment using light emitting diodes (LEDs) to showcase the application of the technology, which they say could transform the manufacturing of smart and interactive textiles.
 
The Nottingham academics say that current techniques involve the insertion of the electronic module after the clothing has been produced, which results in it being inflexible and requires it to be removed before washing.
The advanced manufacturing of Micro Electronic Textiles (MET) truly integrates the electronics into the fibre by embedding sensors, smaller than the size of a pinhead, into the heart of the yarn. This process produces a smart textile which retains the fabric’s basic characteristics of being tactile, flexible and machine washable. It can also be tumble dried.
 
According to the researchers the technology could also be used in the monitoring of chemical reactions and vital signs for medical and sporting assessments and it could also have an impact on illuminated textiles in fashion by creating malleable mood fabrics.
Professor Tilak Dias, who leads the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The prototype uses LEDs but the technology can also result in variations of washable wearable computers that can monitor vital signs for wellbeing, provide intelligent textiles for the military, have invisibility cloaking capabilities, and create flexible and conformable displays."
“Although the concept is technology led its focus is around design accessibility.”

Splash! Sonomorphic mirror.





The latest project from the always innovative SHOWstudio, entitled Splash!, features a cast of remarkable collaborators. For this project, Nick Knight captured Daphne Guinness, on high speed camera, being splashed with black and clear water. Couturier Iris Van Herpen then created a one-of-a-kind dress based on the shoot, which Knight again shot as Guinness modeled. Representing the Splash! project in moving image in sound, Sonomorphic Mirror has been created by filmmaker Geoffrey Lillemon and sound designer Salvador Breed. Lillemon carefully crafted the piece from thousands of stills captured by Knight, to which Breed added the gorgeous soundscape.