A smart watch without a touchscreen? Yes, that might actually be the thing.

A couple of weeks ago I was pondering if the smart watch might be having a comeback, considering the releases of several new ones in spite of recent years of dropping sales. And proof of that just keeps getting stronger. Just recently a new smart watch, that differs from most others, saw the light of day. The new collection from New York Standard Watch hasn’t just kept the traditional wristwatch look with the round watch face and the leather straps, but has actually skipped the whole touch screen altogether. Yes, no touch screen! How does that even work, you ask.
Well, they offer all the traditional notification and fitness tracking functions such as steps and calorie count, but display them on an analogue dashboard instead. It is actually kind of genius when you think about it.
Me and many others have long argued that a piece of wearable tech simply must be aesthetically pleasing for us to even consider putting it on. But being easy on the eye might actually not be enough to succeed. It might also need that hands on, analogue, three dimensional feel to really make it. That perfect merge between tradition and innovation, the just right mix of old and new.
I’m not saying NYSW has the final solution to this, but theirs is certainly an interesting step in that direction.

Photo credit: NYSW





Look into the future of wearable tech

Speaking of wearable tech, you have to check this out! British electronics company RS Components have put together this fun tool for predicting what kind of wearable tech innovations you’ll be likely to experience during your lifetime. Just enter your age and see for yourself. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=future-of-wearables#

RS Components.

Are smart watches having a comeback moment?

Wearables in general and smart watches in particular were hotter than hot in 2015. Just shy of two years later though, the situation had changed. By the end of 2016, smart watch sales dropped dramatically. And so many other things had emerged in the fashion tech area that seemed so much more interesting; the development of retail tech for instance. The age of the smart watch seemed to be over. Something that belonged to the infancy of this ever emerging innovation area. But you should never say never apparently.
Only in the past few weeks, at least two new smart watch models have emerged: This week Marc Jacobs released his Riley Hybrid watch with basic functions such as step counting, and just days before saw the launch of Tory Burch’s Tory track Hybrid, with activity and sleep tracking. And on top of that, Swedish watch brand Triwa recently got financing to build contactless payment services into watch straps.
What is going on??! Are we suddenly moving back in time?
No, more likely is that the broader market is finally ready for this product. While the early adopters have moved on to other things, people in general may have started to notice these little gadgets and the way they differentiate themselves from the more commonly used, sporty looking, fitness trackers. Style may actually have won an important victory here.

Marc Jacobs Riley Hybrid.


Tory Burch holiday 2017.


High-tech features at newly opened London store

Merging the benefits of online shopping with the benefits of the physical store is often described as a thing of the future. But here’s a very real example of today. Just a couple of days ago, a new tech infused Browns boutique opened up in London’s Shoreditch district. Like its sister store in London’s Mayfair, Browns East features design brands such as Balenciaga, Raf Simons and Gucci. But the most exciting thing is how Browns are now in the first stages of the Farfetched powered ”Store of the future” concept which will include for instance radio frequency stock tracking. If a customer can’t find an item in store, but finds it online, Browns East can deliver it to the store within 60 minutes. Via the Browns app, customers can tap to let the staff they’re in the store and want help, or opt out by clicking the ”do not disturb”-function. Need another size? Swipe the reflective screen on the smart mirror. When will we see something similar in Sweden? Yes, I’m looking at you @H&M.

Photo credit: Browns East



Blockchain technology helps make fashion processes more transparent

You probably know who designed the sweater you’re wearing. But do you know the farmer who contributed the wool, or the company who spun the yarn? Or the factory who knit the yarn into a fabric or the manufacturer who put the item together before it reached the store? Probably not.
Information like this is getting more and more important to provide the consumers, in an age of increasing interest in products produced in fair and sustainable ways. Now, the danish designer Martine Jarlgaard has teamed up with tech companies Provenance and A Transparent Company, and Fashion Innovation Agency to create a blockchain solution to make every part of the supply chain visible. The blockchain technology, that simply put is a chain of blocks each containing a transaction verified by a number of users, makes sure that every piece of information is correct. All the consumer has to do is use the Provenance app to scan a QR code in the product go get the information.
Martine Jarlgaard has proven before to be a friend of technology as a way to make fashion better. Last year she actually hosted the world’s first mixed reality fashion show. The audience, wearing clear Hololens mixed reality goggles, could experience the show that came to life as life size holograms and at the same time walk around and explore from all angles.


Craving for knowledge? Here are the Fashion Tech events to check out right now

Want to be in the forefront of what’s cooking in the fashion tech communities right now? Check out a couple of the events that are happening this fall. Fashion Tech Week in Paris actually started yesterday and include, among other things, a fashion tech expo with 18 exhibitors in the categories Morphing Fashion, High tech Fashion and Eco-citizen fashion, and of top of that, a fashion hackathon. Moving on to Vancouver, Canada, on October 21, you’ll find Superhuman Summit that aims to explore how to advance your human potential, and where Kristina Dimitrova from Interlaced will present her vision of fashion in the future. Almost a month later, on November 17, the Deutsche Telekom Fashion Fusion Competition will take place in Berlin. Talents will compete in the three categories Connected Devices & Smart Accessories; Haute Couture & Show Fashion and Business Solutions & Smart Services. Ten finalists will then get the chance to develop their projects in an accelerator until March 2018.

One of the winners in last year’s Telekom Fashion Fusion Competition, The dress “TranSwarm Entities” of the Dutch designer Maartje Dijkstra. 3D-printing and drone technology combined.

AI major focus for big retailers

By 2020 a large part of customer interaction in retail will be managed by Artificial Intelligence; Gartner predicts. And accordingly, AI was the focal point for many of the speakers at Shoptalk Europe that was held in Copenhagen this week. According to Fashion and Mash, several of the large retailers, like eBay, Westfield and Topshop among others, cited that AI will be the tool for making the shopping experience more personalized in the future, for instance through machine learning, visual search and natural language processing.

Screenshot from Fashwell.