Steel-woven wallet pledges to keep RFID credit cards safe

Posted by on December 13th, 2009

We kid you not. According to its online retailer, the wallet is woven from over 20,000 super-fine strands of stainless steel which “protects your ID like armour plate”.

The idea is sound, in principle. The stitching methodology reminded us of a Faraday cage – an enclosure designed to block out external electric fields.

The wallet promises to completely shield its contents from today’s hi-tech pickpockets, while also being stronger than leather.

Speaking of contents, the wallet can hold six cards, has two internal slots and a billfold – that’s a fiver folding flap to our British readers.

Via reghardware.co.uk.


Plato’s Atlantis by Alexander McQueen

Posted by on November 23rd, 2009

Fashion, a little technology and wild shoes:

Link via Violet Blue.


Cute Circuit’s Galaxy Dress – World’s Largest Wearable Display

Posted by on November 16th, 2009

24,000 color LED, plus a couple of ipod batteries guarantees you’ll stand out in the crowd:

Special effects typically are a feature of the runaway show — not the dresses themselves. The Galaxy Dress, on the other hand, is one spectacular special effect — the most dramatic evolution in 21st-century fashion.

24000 full color LEDs, measuring a mere 2 by 2 mm in size, were used to create this mesmerizing dress. The circuitry itself is hand embroidered on a layer of silk in a fashion that permits it to stretch, allowing the LED bedazzled fabric to drape with fluidity over the body.

To fuel the LED fabric, a few iPOD batteries illuminate the silhouette for 30 minutes to an hour.

Additional layers of silk chiffon diffuse the light, giving the gown a colorful jellyfish-like transparency .

When the digital patterns fade and the silhouette grows dark, more than 4000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals add sparkle and glitter to the gown.

Take a look at the dress in action:

Link and video from Syuzi at fashioningtech.com. Besides a very pretty pattern to display, a person could run a personalized message or potentially sell advertising space.


Flash a little lash: LED eyelashes

Posted by on October 17th, 2009

Created by artist Soomi Park, these LED eyelashed light up according to the way your head tilts. Just watch this cute video…

Soomi says:

LED Eyelash is a clever product that speaks to many Asian women’s desire for bigger eyes. It features an inclination sensor with mercury to turn on and/or off. The sensor can perceive the movements of the pupil in the eyes and eyelids. If someone wears it and moves her head, LED Eyelash will flicker following the movement.

found via @mactonnies and Fashioning Technology


Sarah Reinertsen Poses Nude for ESPN Cover

Posted by on October 12th, 2009

In a display of how times are changing in regards to visual representations of the differently able as well as the mass-media relationship with prosthetics and those who use them, athlete Sarah Reinertsen graces the cover of this week’s ESPN Magazine.

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Reinersten was the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman World Triathlon, she was also featured in The Amazing Race 10.  More NSFW pictures from the shoot can be found on ESPN’s site as well as within the magazine, which was released Friday, October 9th.


MP3 Heels

Posted by on October 8th, 2009

Never leave home without your mp3 player again:

Wearable technology was the topic du jour on the The Gadget Show, a British television series focusing on technology. On the episode, the hosts, Jason and Suzi were challenged to create a wearable technology prototype and have it judged by designer Wayne Hemingway.

Via Syuzi at fashioningtech.com.


Prosthetics with aesthetics

Posted by on October 5th, 2009

Concept prosthetic porn:

This prosthetic arm was designed by Hans Alexander Huseklepp, a designer in Norway.

It is designed to be connected to the wearer’s nervous system, like the most advanced, but less aesthetically designed, prosthetics currently are.

Because each of its joints is a globe joint it is capable of a larger freedom of movement than a normal human arm.

The exterior parts of the arm are made from the plastic Corian, the inner layer is textile.

This image is a model built to demonstrate the concept.

Via newscientist.com.


Denim-On-The-Go: Jean Vending Machines

Posted by on August 26th, 2009

From inventorspot.com:

Closed, a jean brand that provides designer styles based in Hamburg, has launched a denim vending prototype machine in Florence, Italy to see how people embrace jeans-on-the-go. If the concept seems to take off, the idea is that it will be setup in train stations, bus stations and airports around Europe so those jet-lagged and unclean can find themselves in a new and clean pair of jeans.


Human Ingredients

Posted by on August 26th, 2009

T-shirt via geekologie.com.


Angels are the new UFOs T-Shirt

Posted by on August 18th, 2009

A small grinder logo on the left front chest, large warning sign on the back. You know you want one. They are going to be available later this week, from Avatar Press.


Ribbon Stairs

Posted by on August 5th, 2009

For those sure-footed few:

Via inventorspot.com


Branded Pigs

Posted by on July 9th, 2009

Created by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, his tattooed pigs can grace your home! The pigs are treated humanly and given sedatives before being tattooed with their intended design. A person can pick and choose which pig or skin to purchase by visiting his website.

Link and photos via nextnature.net.


Fractal Necklace

Posted by on July 3rd, 2009

Designed by Marc Newson, for the math whiz, future debutante or whomever can afford it:

Even using “rapid” prototyping, it took French jewelry house Boucheron’s craftspeople 1,500 hours to produce Marc Newson’s fiendishly complicated Julia necklace. The fractals-based diamond and sapphire piece will debut tonight in Paris, and unsurprisingly, it will likely be “one of the most expensive necklaces Boucheron’s ever made.”

Says Newson of his design inspiration, “Fractals are fascinating, complex and rich, and gemstones really lend themselves to exploiting their beauty.”

From hipstomp at core77.com.


Cabinet of Curiosities

Posted by on May 22nd, 2009

Made by Antoine + Manuel, via mocoloco.com.


Crowdsourcing Massage Jacket

Posted by on May 20th, 2009

Developed by MIT students Carnaven Chiu, Xiao Xiao, Keywon Chung, and Peggy Chi , SOS: Stress Outsourced is a networked wearable system that allows users to send and receive massages anonymously. A new type of haptic social networking (or social therapy), SOS allows stressed individuals to send anonymous signals via the wearable to a global social network. In response, individuals within the network calm the stressed victim by sending them a “massage” stroke.

Link and words via fashioningtech.com.


QR Codes get Stylish

Posted by on May 16th, 2009

Plain black and white codes aren’t enough for some people, they need style:

“QR Codes are the bar codes of the future, linking online and physical graphics to websites and multi-media. For the most part, the codes have still maintained an abstract look akin to their predecessors. A newly released designer QR symbol, produced by Tokyo based creative agency SET is looking to change all that with a stylized remake of the standard code. Mixing design with technological innovation, SET teamed up Takashi Murakami with Louis Vuitton to create a distinctive code featuring one of the artist’s characters and the classic LV pattern. The agency hopes this will add much needed style and character to the bland world of machine readable codes”

Link via fashioningtech.com, words from highsnobiety.com site.


New Jacket

Posted by on May 7th, 2009

From imgfave.com.


Cultured Jewellery

Posted by on May 1st, 2009

While inserting metal/ink/fabric/plastics/moon rocks into our skin and dangly parts makes for a striking and individual look, this development into the world of wearable science caters for those who like things a bit more natural…

epiSkin jewelry extends biological identity by combining technology and design into a new decorative body surface. This project is an exploration into the decorative technological control over biology to create an artifact which is a hybrid of both. Cultured in a lab, this biological jewelry is made of epithelia cells which grow to create an artificial skin. The cells are grown into custom designed forms, controlled by the artist. The cells are incubated for a period of time, following which they are stained with a custom dye. The skin is then visibly sealed into a wearable object. The process in creating these pieces includes human tissue culturing as well as computer generated form on which the cells are cultured and then transplanted into adaptive jewelry. The jewelry is worn on the body, completing the relationship of biological cells mediated by technology.

(via Marta Lwin’s article)

Episkin being grown in petrie dishes

The article (and all subsequent info found) was dated 2006, so I’m honestly hoping that things have come along in leaps and bounds.


Shapeways and Maker Faire

Posted by on April 30th, 2009

Shapeways is offering some new things and some free things. First up is color! Instead of the the plain white, how about Terracotta, Limestone & Blue Jeans? A little color can change a design completely. Also, the Make Faire is going on soon, and Shapeways is offering a contest to coincide with the event:

To inspire people we would like to show off the best models that you can possibly make. Something that will make people go wow! Something that explains how 3D printing will change things. Something that someone will look at, hold in their hand and go..you can make this?

The Maker Faire contest is your chance to have your most amazing design made. Anything you want, anything that you think will inspire and amaze is game. The top 3 models will be 3D printed, exhibited at Maker Faire and then sent to the lucky winners. The winning designer gets an additional $300 in 3D printing from us.

The fine print: The contest closes the 15th of May. Enter by adding the tag: makerfaire to your upload. Your model has to be less expensive than $200.

Excellent. If you haven’t tried their service yet, here’s a chance to get your design printed completely free!


Conductive bodypaint

Posted by on April 17th, 2009

Allowing for a seamless integration of between human skin and electronics, conductive bodypaint provides the next step towards the future.

Quoted from nextnature.net:

As our lifes are increasingly regulated by electronics and there is a drive towards the miniaturization and portability of electronics on and around the body it seems only logical to place electronic circuits on the surface of body.

How about a conductive ink that is applied directly onto the skin to bridge the gap between electronics and the body. The material allows users to create custom electronics and interact with technology through intuitive gesture. It also allows information to be sent on the surface of the skin from person to person or person to object.

Wow. The possibilities are limitless, though being water soluble is a hurdle that needs to be overcome.