Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
The idea of trainers changing colour at the touch of a button sounds like an idea straight from your favourite sci-fi movie. But +rehabstudio, a creative technology company based in Shoreditch, believe that this kind of ‘sneaker hack’ is the not-so-distant future of smart tech materials.
The Shift Sneaker revolves around the concept that instead of buying one pair of trainers, why not have access to millions? Malleable flexi-screens have the ability to glow and display animated designs, while thermochromatic fabrics use micro reactions to change colour according to temperature. The look and function of the trainers can be controlled through a mobile app, with different packs available for running, cycling and selfie enthusiasts.
For now though, as most of the materials are currently only used in industrial applications, a ‘Back to the Future’ style hover board may be on your Christmas list sooner than a pair of Shifts.
Via. Gizmodo http://bit.ly/1LK7CNx
As if social media wasn’t bad enough, the commute home can be a minefield of walking spoilers. If we had a pound for every time a total stranger ruined Game of Thrones then we’d definitely give that small fortune to Doppler Labs’ latest Kick Starter campaign.
Here Active Listening is the latest addition in the developing trend of wearable technology. ‘Here’ includes two wireless ear buds and an app, turning your mobile into a remote control so you can adjust anything from the EQ of a live concert to the frequencies of jet engines. This ‘hearable‘ system provides a customisable real-life sound experience, filtering out the everyday noise you don’t want and enhancing the sounds you do.
It’s arrival is perfectly timed, as recent reports suggest that the increasing decibels of our environment are contributing directly to premature hearing loss. Doppler Labs have already surpassed their Kick Starter target within the first week and have started shipping to Europe and Asia as well as North America.
Via. Springwise http://bit.ly/1SiYm6G
Coca-Cola’s latest collaboration with Trussardi celebrates the 100th anniversary of Coke’s iconic bottle design. While a nice bunch of flowers and a letter from the Queen might do for most of us, the Italian fashion house, famed for their leather accessories, have designed a limited edition collection of cans and bottles featuring quintessential Trussardi design.
The ‘elegantly cool’ Coca-Cola Light can offers fashionistas three different designs to accessorise with – think acid tones, greyhound motifs and gold lizard skin.
The haute cans will be debuted at the Expo Milan 2015 alongside an exhibition dedicated to the cult bottle itself and are available for purchase in exclusive retailers across Italy. Molto bene!
Via. Design Taxi http://bit.ly/1fbU56Y
It’s amazing how liberating having zero reception on your mobile can be. There was a time when people would panic about not being able to check their emails or Facebook, but nowadays more people are appreciating the benefits of spending less time on their smartphones.
The Joy Of Missing Out (aka JOMO) is a big deal these days, and designers Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang have created a not-so-smart-but-incredibly-beautiful-phone that’s every JOMOist’s dream come true. The Light Phone has been carefully designed to do as little as possible, with a slim, lightweight design that can be tucked away inside a wallet.
The device doesn’t work on its own – it essentially forwards calls from your smartphone – but it does keep you connected without the unwanted rings, dings and pings. If only they did a version with Snake on it though.
Via. LSN Global http://bit.ly/1I2Q6oB
Wearable tech’s been around for a few years. You could argue that the calculator watch that helped thousands of kids cheat in maths exams in the 80s was one of the first. But smart phones, google glass and smart watches have all raised the bar substantially.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman has recently revealed his VEST – that is his Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer – that helps people with hearing impairments by converting soundwaves into vibrations around their back and chest. Essentially it’s a new sensory language that your body can learn through a T-shirt.
The vest connects up to the wearer’s smartphone mic via Bluetooth and reacts to both spoken word and ambient noise. Just make sure you take the batteries out before you pop it in the wash.
Via. Springwise http://bit.ly/1H3FqHc