Category Archives: gadgets

Freehands gloves keep you warm and in touch!

As the days of November get steadily more frosty I, as a touchscreen phone user, am finding it hard to keep my hands warm and work my phone.

You all know what I mean. You have your woolly gloves on, you are rushing down the street to work, trying to text your friend on your iPhone/Samsung/HTC creation or maybe a Blackberry phone with those fiddly, teeny-tiny keys.

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The next thing you know you have mispelt the whole message or even worse (like I did the other day) you have flung your precious baby onto the floor in your desperation to Swype!

This may seem like a rather small issue to be moaning about, but it it still an issue nonetheless. But I have discovered a solution thanks to a friend of mine. Freehand has a collection of gloves specifically designed to make texting, typing and Swyping a whole lot easier!

The simple design involves PVC palm dots for grip and detachable index finger and thumb tips. These tips are held back and out of the way by small magnets too – how cute!

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These gloves are available for men and women in a range of colours and styles; prices start from as little as £10.16! To browse the collection visit the Freehands website!

3D glasses are no longer embarrassing thanks to Gucci

It was only a matter of time before fashion designers started to ride the 3D wave! Oakley recently released some “optically correct” Real D glasses, but they weren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea.

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However, Gucci has latched on to the fact that most 3D glasses are darn ugly, and has done something about it! These Gucci “optically correct” Real D frames, are styled with the same 80’s look as the rest of Gucci’s eyewear in its recent summer collection.

They have a high-tech multi-layer mirrored coating too, which prevents distortion when you check out your new look in the mirror.

They are available only from US stores in December – though looking cool in 3D will set you back a pretty penny…$225 to be exact.

Via Luxist

Fashionology has found a stylish cycling helmet!

A few months ago I wrote a post about stylish light-up bicycle jackets and since then I have been on a mission to find a fashionable helmet to complete the deal.

As more and more people jump on the cycling bandwagon, I am beginning to feel the urge to do so myself. But before I perch myself precariously on a Boris bike and peddle about the busy London streets, I want to make sure I am safe – a cracked skull is not a good look.

One problem…cycling helmets can be very ugly things, especially if like me you aren’t a ‘hat person’. But thankfully there may be a solution, thanks to the Swedish designers behind Hövding or Chieftain as it is also known.

Hövding

Hövding is a cycling helmet unlike any other on the market – for a start, its not really a helmet – it’s more of an airbag for your head. Hövding is effectively a collar that you wear around your neck which can cleverly be disguised as a scarf or snood and inside it holds a folded up airbag.

Hövding airbag

In the event of an accident, this airbag will inflate into a cushioned hood around your head, shielding you from injury. Sounds strange I know, but if you take a look at this video you can see how it works.

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The airbag is made of durable nylon, to prevent bursting when in contact with concrete and inflates in an impressive 0.1 seconds. The collar is fitted with a tiny helium gas generator and is called into action by accelerometers and gyro-meters – which record the abnormal movement of a rider in an accident.

Hövding

This is such a great invention! The collars look great and mean that you can keep safe on the road without sporting a heavy and unattractive helmet!

The Chieftain can also tell the difference between small movements and a car hitting you at 20 miles an hour, to there is no risk of you inflating your head whilst you bend down to big up you bag.

HövdingThere is so much more technical genius behind the Hövding so if you would like to read more about it visit the Hövding website.

Via Wired

Selfridges to sell CuteCircuit LED dresses as seen on Katy Perry!

Hooray, Fashionology is hitting Selfridges!

Do you all remember how Katy Perry outshone everyone on the red carpet earlier this year at the New York Met Costume Institute Gala, in a LED decorated dress?

Well now you can have your very own light up dress thanks to the exclusive launch of the K Dress by CuteCircuit as part of the Selfridges Christmas offer.

The dress is made of pure silk and contains tiniest LED’s in the world, which are then embedded into its silk chiffon fabric. The lights are controlled by a tiny snap-on brain which plugs into underneath of the shoulder strap.

This can be removed for recharging the battery via USB and for dry-cleaning the dress. The K Dress is shorter than the one sported by Katy Perry and is hand-crafted by CuteCircuit.

If you want to brighten up your wardrobe like a Christmas tree in winter, then this dress is the perfect ensemble!

K Dress by CuteCircuit (£1,350) will be available exclusively from the 2nd Floor at Selfridges from October 28th 2010.

Fashionology footwear – elevator shoes and more 3D printing

Are you too short to reach those beautiful dresses hanging on the top rail in clothes shops?  Do you want to appear taller without having to wear heels all the time? Or maybe you are tired of craning your neck to kiss your dashingly tall boyfriend?

Well now, throw that Yellow Pages in the bin, there is a solution!

SHORT++ are interactive robotic shoes that can literally elevate you to new heights! These innovative shoes, created by Adi Marom, are controlled by an iPhone app, so with the touch of a button you can be a few inches taller! To view her videos just click the image below.

elevator shoes

They may not be the most beautiful creations, but they are a start!

My last blog post talked about 3D printing and this is going to big, you heard it here first! Students at two of Stockholm’s  most prestigious design schools have collaborated to produce the first, fully-wearable 3D printed shoes.

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Naim Josefi of Beckmans and Souzan Youssouf of Konstfack, both designed and modelled the prototypes for Naim’s “Melonia” collection, shown during Stockholm Fashion Show earlier this year.

3D shoes

The concept is brilliant – creating artful shoes using Selective Laser Sintering.

For more information visit Naim’s homepage.

Via toxel.com

Oscar de la Renta iPad clutch

Oscar de la Renta has won the competition for most stylish iPad case so far, in my eyes anyway! I want an iPad now just so I can carry it around in this baby!

oscar de la renta ipad clutch

The limited edition Mosaico iPad Clutch is made from embroidered lambskin and is available in four colours including this delightful yellow! You can purchase it from oscardelarenta.com for $29o (£190).

Discovering the Rhyme & Reason: an interview with Mary Huang

A few weeks ago I came across the beautiful works of designer Mary Huang, a lady who is taking the idea of Fashionology and running with it! She is the creator of Rhyme & Reason, a captivating range of illuminated knitwear and dresses (shown in the picture below) and I decided to contact her to find out more.

Where did you get the idea for Rhyme & Reason?

I have a lot of different interests in design, technology, fashion, costume design, and I wanted to combine them into one thing. Combining fashion and electronics in a beautiful and wearable way just seemed to make sense.

Did you start the label yourself or do you have a team behind you?

I’m just starting right now, so it’s basically just me. I do have friends I collaborate with projects on.

Your pieces have a technical function (the Rhyme & Reason scarf can double as a lamp) as well a fashionable edge; do you think that “wearable technology” is the future of fashion?

Wearable technology as implying the inclusion of electronics into clothing is only one aspect of the possibilities of combining fashion design and technology. It certainly opens up possibilities for what we can achieve in fashion.

We can create fashion that changes contexts, responds to sensors and data and that is networked to mobile communication; there is a huge variety of ideas and many people are doing interesting work exploring these things.

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I don’t think “wearable technology” is the future of fashion in the sense that in the future everyone will be wearing shirts with embedded sensors. I think that wearable technology definitely contributes towards interesting innovations in fashion.

The irony is that, as the design and technologies are increasingly refined, the goal is seamlessness between tech and the fashion and thus, there will be no distinction of work being “wearable tech”… it will simply just be fashion.

What is the latest project that you have been working on?

Recently I worked with fellow designer Jennifer Kay on an experimental design for wearable wind-power generation called Dandelion (below).

I am currently doing a series of 7 lighted pieces for a collaboration with the Indelible Dance Company. The dance performance will be about the Big Bang and the formation of the cosmos and will be at the end of September in Brooklyn, NY.

I also have sound reactive modules for the LED dresses in development which I’m looking forward to because the experience of wearing them is really engaging.

Where can we purchase your pieces and what sort of prices can we expect?

The lighted dresses are all individually made, bespoke pieces right now, so they range between $1200 and $2500.

I’m working on ready-to-wear, so to speak, although it will be different in a way from how ready-to-wear is usually done and would be integrated in a web store.

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With thanks to Mary Huang