Nadi X is activated yoga apparel that was designed with embedded electronics. Using vibrational feedback, the pants guide the wearer with the touch of a yoga instructor. “We believe technology should empower the human experience, not overtake it,” says Ben Moir, co-founder and CTO of Wearable X. “With Nadi X, the sleek design allows technology to seamlessly integrate with the tights, allowing the beauty and design to take center stage.”
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Olivia Burca, a garment engineer for Wearable X, to discuss the company’s take on wearable tech. Read More
All of the products we consume make an impact on the environment. We cannot fight the nature of consumption and our exponentially growing population. How, where, and with what materials things are made determine just how much of an impact a product's lifecycle can create.
Clever Tech Digest sat down to chat with Crystalyn Brennan, a pioneer in both vegan leather and zero waste up-cycled leather accessories. Her company, Crystalyn Kae Accessories fights to reduce the huge amount of material waste in the fashion industry by keeping scrap materials and used products out of landfills. Brennan explains in detail mindful ways to keep our planet clean without sacrificing style. Read More
As mobile devices play increasingly important roles in people's careers, personal connections, and recreation, remaining connected while still present in the moment becomes more challenging every day. Peripherii founders Priti Modgul and Sonal Budhiraja address this challenge by taking users' eyes off the screen with hearable technology. Peripherii devices are "smart earrings that can bring Siri/Google to your ear so you can take calls, dictate a text, call Uber, and more." - https://peripherii.com/
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Modgul and Budhiraja to discuss the Internet of Things, and how beautiful design can make wearable technology not only more desirable, but easier to use. Read on to learn about Peripherii earrings, hearable devices that pair with your smart phone! Read More
Interview by Mikhal Weiner
Dana Bronfman makes jewelry that tells many stories - of the maker, the wearer, and an evolving, increasingly tech-influenced industry. “When I started [designing jewelry] I didn’t know anyone who had done this,” she says, “That’s part of the reason I didn’t go into it right away, I didn’t feel it was a realistic possibility.”
Coming from a socially conscious family, Bronfman travelled, working for various non-profits, but always found herself drawn to the jewelry of places she was visiting. “There are so many people, making these things that tell a story about culture. It’s a form of self expression.” This is more than adornment - the human connections that these artefacts represent fascinate her. Read More
Mischa Abakumova is an alumnus of Parson’s School of Design and Technology, a designer with a twist. On a recent, gray, autumn morning I sat down with her at a local cafe to hear about her relocation to NYC and her wide variety of projects - whether teaching kids creative tech and interactive design at Blink Blink, exploring how tech and dance can interact at Lehman College, or imagining futuristic objects with the Iyapo Repository. She’s also building a musical instrument that will record the pulse of the musician and use that along with other biological information to define a message characterized by pitch, timbre, and duration. With each of her answers, the day grew clearer and more inviting, until we hardly noticed the drizzling sky at all.
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When Xiomara Lorenzo began designing her own jewelry a decade ago at Wesleyan University, she was interested in expressing an idea about the human experience - that we are all on a continuum, forever jumping off into new realms of self-discovery and definition. She had no idea that she would end up at the forefront of tech and design.
Today, Lorenzo is exploring ways that these two realms, seemingly at odds with one another, can in fact work in tandem to reach new heights that would otherwise be unattainable. Clever Tech Digest recently spoke with Lorenzo about how she stayed true to her own aesthetic of continuous flow while making her way from handmade wire earrings, through metallurgy, and into to 3-D printing her stunning pieces. Read More
Wearable Italia produces handcrafted wearable technology, ranging from fitness trackers to incognito emergency call buttons. This company’s high end fashionable technology is redefining what wearable tech can look like and pushing back against the trendy choice of mass manufactured plastic gizmos.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with founder, Andrea Tomassini, to discuss the concept of Meta luxury wearable technology, and its importance not only to users, but to our global economy.
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Wisp is a breakthrough in wearable technology, the erotic industry, and women's sex lives! Using passive stimulus like smell and vibration, Wisp can be activated remotely with an app to trigger arousal for the user. The final product will look more like jewelry than technology, and hopes to increase healthy sexual intimacy between partners. Wan Tseng has been showing her work all over the world, representing design for women by women in a predominantly male industry. You can learn more about this innovative creative technologist on her website at http://wantseng.com/Wisp Read More
A woman of many talents, Cindy Blias has brought fashionable fitness tracker accessories to the mainstream market. In 2014, she launched Funktional Wearables, a growing line of affordable on-trend jewelry pieces that conceal fitness trackers.
The blending of handmade and digital technologies is taking new and exciting turns through the world of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping processes. Avant- garde fashion designers like Iris Van Herpen Hussein Chayalan, and Anouk Wipprecht have blended high math algorithms with 3D printing and computing in combination with hand-crafted techniques to create outlandish poetic artifacts for the runway. Funktional Wearables makes a more accessible product with digital fabrication methods. According to Cindy,” Every piece of jewelry and the underlying tracking technology exists as a 3D model first. These are then paired with existing models of the trackers and various arm sizes to optimize fit, look and comfort.” Without such technologies the line may not have been able to expand so vastly so quickly, but rapid prototyping and design has changed the playing field for entrepreneurs and fashionistas alike. Read More