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.
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.
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.
Israeli design student Danit Peleg made waves of excitement in the Fashion tech world when she released her 3D-printed clothing collection in 2015. The collection was part of her graduation project, which is why it’s now very exciting to see her launch her – and the world’s first – fully 3D-printed and commercially available piece of clothing: The ”Imagine” bomber jacket.
The jacket is part of a limited edition collection of 100 jackets, that you can preorder and personalize on Peleg’s website. By the looks of her Instagram account swimwear also seems to be in the making for the summer, so I suggest you keep your eyes open.
Photo credit, both photos: Daria Ratiner
Screenshot from Danit Peleg’s Instagram.
Audio AR? Now, what on earth is that? Well, we all know about visual AR, where you put a layer of extra visual information to what you see in your surroundings. For instance a map with directions on top of the street view you have in front of you. Audio AR is instead a layer of sound information added to what you see around you. And this is exactly what headphone company Bose is doing with their prototype AR sunglasses they just presented at SXSW.
So how does it work then? Well, you put the glasses on and as soon as you see something you want to know more about, you just tap on the stem and you get the info right in your ear. The glasses know what you’re looking at without needing a camera. Instead they use on-board motion sensors that can detect the direction you’re facing. They are also programmed to recognize head gestures, such as nodding and turning. For instance, you can nod your head to take an incoming call or shake it to decline.
Designwise they actually look pretty good for a prototype, and according to reports they are very light and easy to wear. So that’s promising.
But of course it’s all about the data. So far Bose is working with TripAdvisor, Yelp, Asics Studio, Strava and TuneIn, and hopefully there’s more to come for this product to work the way it’s intended.
The glasses will be released in a first version this summer.
Another image search app for fashion items has seen the light of day. Pixt, who launched in February 2018, is a New York based company aiming at helping people find new stores and unique clothes locally. It works the usual way: after downloading the app, you take or upload an image of an item with the app camera, and then you can find similar looking items nearby, and also check availability and price.
Of course, this is only useful if you happen to live in the New York area (and in the future, other urban areas of the US) but what I find interesting about this app is just that, the local factor.
With today’s online shopping habits, and big corporations and malls swallowing every attempt to do something in a small scale, it is really hard to make it as a small, local store. But at the same time, people also seem to be craving the small scale alternative, and the opportunity to find unique things in physical, local stores. Is this one way to create the much needed connection between the two? It’s definitely worth thinking about.