With the demise of several smart jewellery companies this year, it’s refreshing to see Swarg Tech’s new piece of smart jewellery Sahki, with its beautiful jewel embellishments. So what about the tech specs?
Well, apart from the fitness tracker and SOS trigger you see in most wearables, this one also has a child tracking mode and an integrated AI voice assistant to help you add items to your shopping list or switch on the lights for instance.
With the growing popularity of voice assistants, it is likely that the integration of them into smart jewllery might be a winning combo.
Last October, Amazon bought 3D model company Body Labs, their first step towards creating a virtual try-on service for clothes.
Now Amazon are inviting people to have their bodies scanned at their New York office, The Wall Street Journal reports. The participants are being asked to return every two weeks to have their bodies scanned over a total of 20 weeks. They also need to answer questions about fitness, health and weight-related loss and goals, in order for Amazon to understand how bodies shape over time.
In January , the tech giant patented a blended reality mirror that lets you that lets you try on clothes virtually, a step up from their style assistant Echo Look Camera, released a year ago.
Body Labs 3D Scan
Asos have done it, and so have e-Bay. Tinkered with image recognition for clothing that is. Now it’s Google’s turn to launch a style discovery service called Style Match, where you simply point your camera towards an item you like and you get suggestions on where to buy it, or something similar, online. The service is part of Google Lens, their camera powered search engine that was released last year. This works not only for fashion, but for things like accessories and furniture as well, The Current reports.
Screenshot from Gadget 360-demo video.
We have seen some efforts with 3D-printing when it comes to sneakers before, mostly on midsoles. But earlier this spring, the first sneaker made of a 3D-printed textile saw the light of day, Esquire reports. The upper on Nike’s Flyprint sneaker is made with a process called solid deposit modeling which makes the textile both extra light and breathable, so that any water that finds its way into the shoe evaporates faster and extra light. Another benefit is the material’s ability to iterate which makes prototyping really fast.
Screenshots from Nike Flyprint promo video.
A while back I wrote about the rise of voice assisted shopping, referencing an upcoming report from Ericsson Consumer Lab among others. Now the report is out and a few of the key insights are that 43 percent of smartphone users make purchases with their phone every week, while 67 percent regularly use it to pay with.
But what are they looking for next? Well, according to the study, 47 percent of the smartphone shoppers say they would like a service that automatically restocks everyday items, while 63 percent want help with price comparisons and 48 percent want help making shopping decisions easy. All of which are tasks that a digital home assistant could perform, according to Ericsson Consumer Lab. This also corresponds with the fact that 63 percent believe that most people will have a personal shopping advisor in three years.
Radical thinking is needed when it comes to investing in new materials. And that is what The Burberry Foundation and The Royal College of Art is hoping that Professor Sharon Baurley, their newly appointed Professor of Design and Materials, and Chair of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group, will bring. As FashNerd reports, she will now play a key role in applying radical thinking to invent new sustainable materials. Baurley has a long track record as Head of Design in several institutions, as well as consultations and industry collaborations on research.
The RCA was awarded 3 million pounds last year by The Burberry Foundation to form The Burberry Material Futures Research Group.
We have known for a while that british designer Stella McCartney has partnered up with biotech startup Bolt Threads. In 2017 they launched their first collaboration together, a spider silk dress that was showcased at MoMa in NYC.
Now they’re launching their second product together: McCartneys iconic Falabella bag, in the mushroom leather material Mylo, The Current Daily reports. The material is made out of mushroom mycelium cells, that has been grown in beds of corn stalks and other nutrition and self-assembled into a leather-like material.
– Once you take that technology and innovation and you marry it with luxury fashion and design and creativity, there’s no end to what magical madness you can create, Stella McCartney has told Forbes.
There are no plans as of yet to put this bag up for sale. But if you want to see it in real life, head out to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where it will be displayed in the exhibition ”Fashioned by nature” from April 21.
Bolt Threads will also release their own version of the Mylo bag, available for preorder i June. With this project, Bolt Threads are moving in to new biotech territory. The company has so far been known for its manmade spider silk material Microsilk.
The Stella McCartney + Bolt Threads Falabella Bag in Mylo leather.