Computer Science is the trade of the future, and Code Missouri is bringing the skills of that trade to rural schools. In urban centers like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, schools are integrating computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, coding, and more into their curricula to prepare students for future industries. Code Missouri is not just focusing on the technical aspects of coding, but also on how to customize the curriculum to integrate local culture and engage students in new possibilities.Read More
Murrill Oakes is a prolific creative technologist and industrial designer currently developing modern home AV systems at OneButton, a technology design firm founded by a physicist and an artist, Matt Emmi and Michael Izatt. OneButton innovates new user interactions with automated home and commercial interior technologies.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Oakes to discuss the new human-tech paradigm, and how to mindfully design the integration of our physical and emotional existence with the new digital world. Oakes explains the nuance of emotionally intelligent design, and its importance in the dawning age of automation, connection, and the "Internet of Things."Read More
As automation and robotics replace human labor, our education systems have to adapt. Collaborative and creative skills actually create more robust job security in this rapidly changing global economy. Instead of the ability to memorize and regurgitate information, lasting professional value derives from the capacity to generate new ideas and quickly adapt to new tools, personalities, and paradigms.
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Laura Bellmont, founder of The Little Animation School, to discuss the importance or art, play, and technology in children’s education. Her company brings professional filmmaking software and equipment to after school programs all over Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. Making awesome animations may be students’ primary objective, but the school’s pedagogy focuses on using the filmmaking process as a vessel to study topics ranging from history, to biology, or even to space.
Read on to learn about Bellmont’s unique programming and her take on the next generation of education.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
Celmatix is a women’s health company that uses genomics and big data to empower women to make more informed decisions about their reproductive health. Clever Tech had the opportunity to talk with Angie Lee, the Chief Product Officer at Celmatix. This groundbreaking company is changing our understanding of women’s health. During our interview, Lee spoke about the harmful disparity between women’s and men’s health and how technology and big data can bridge that gap. Angie is bringing humanity and technology together to empower women.
Read on to learn more about how big data is changing the world of medicine.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
Teknikio, founded by Sibel Deren Guler, creates educational electronics toolsets for building and activating toys, gadgets, and wearables. The kits can help all ages reimagine and invent the world they live in by making technology tangible and fun.
Each kit provides an open ended opportunity to create with fun fabrics, papers, electronic components, and instructions to put it all together into a fully functional gizmo! Clever Tech Digest sat down with Deren Guler to pick her brain about starting a small business, computer science education, gender neutral toys, and tactile play! Read on to learn more about how Teknikio turns electronic engineering and crafts to create approachable and lovable learning experiences!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.
Read on to learn more about this high-tech Jane of All Trades!Read More
Clever Tech Digest sat down with Melissa Guzman, a NASA astrobiologist helping to shape the future of space colonization, and possibly solve world hunger! Both a poet and researcher, Melissa elaborates on the delicate balance between science, faith, and ethics in space exploration.
The race to space has changed since the Cold War, now focusing less on international competition and more on outrunning the inevitable consequences of over population on planet Earth. How will we grow food and where will we live when the human race is pushed to emigrate to other planets in our solar system?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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Clever Tech Digest sat down with the Wearable Media power house female trio of creative technologists and designers, Yuchen Zhang, Jingwen Zhu, and Hellyn Teng, to discuss the future of wearable tech fashion.
Wearable Media strives to combine technology and fashion to help connect consumers to greater global concepts, or even celestial influences. Increasing environmental and social awareness through high fashion inspires the team's creations to push past the wearable tech market, and into Wearable Media.
We are an international and bilingual(in both English and Chinese) dynamic team of three women who are passionate about integrating technology with textiles. Each of us came from a different division of design and share a common understanding of technology. Our collaborative spirit enables us to bring all of our skills in e-textile, smart clothing prototyping, smart clothing design, user experience design, branding, visual design, IoT development, and web development together for consumers and the wearable tech community.
You recently exhibited Wearable Media garments at SXSW, what new tech trends inspired you the most?
The power of using data for simple and widely distributed technology really impressed Wearable Media. While we were at SXSW, we were lucky enough to meet Rebecca Minkoff. She showcased her new line of handbags with QR code sewed into the bag. You might say this isn’t the newest technology. However, this simple technology gave Rebecca’s customers instant access to loyalty programs.
What guiding principles help your team develop desirable and meaningful Coded Couture instead of just another wearable gadget?
Compassion and curiosity. We know our audience and we understand their imaginative nature. Because our focus is design and storytelling, our creations automatically steer away from being “the next gadget.”
Wearable Media is working with Cyborg Futures to explore human senses and expand them into new territories. How do you plan to create new realms for expression and understanding through this collaboration?
Our collaboration with Cyborg Futures was a fascinating exploration in the field of Artificial Senses. The ideation process was to develop a method in which our senses can be artificially enhanced. Our team specifically focused on the high concept of light and the cosmos, and explored ways in how we can turn that idea into a working prototype. We looked at the translucency of skin, and what happens when light permeates the skin. We also researched data of solar flares from the Sun, and worked with NASA’s API to develop the project.
In many ways this project echoed our wearable garment, Ceres, where we were exploring the idea of turning the human form into celestial sensing bodies. With our collaboration, we delved deeper into materiality, and instead of focusing on interactions that happen on clothing and textiles, we were discovering how our bodies and skin can literally become reactive media.
What do you think it will take to push Coded Couture into the mainstream market?
Understanding the psychology behind why we would like to wear a certain data on our body will help Coded Couture become more relatable to the general public. The, designers could create successful garments infused with data. Setting up a production facility that could meet the demand of customizing garments with unique data is another challenge the industry must face to resonate with the mainstream market.
Paint me two pictures:
1. Your ideal vision for fusing the body with technology.
Technology that amplifies personal creativity is the dream. A sixteen-year-old girl is going to her high school prom. She is interested in creating something unique that reflects her creativity. She chooses to sew her own dress and embeds e-textiles into her garment. She walks into the prom and with her body movement, her dress lights up. Her friends cheer and scream and dance around her. At the end of night, when she is in her bed savoring her own creation with the help of technology, she thinks about her next interactive project - her own lab coat to protect herself in her science class experiments.
2. Your fears for a mechanically and digitally integrated human existence.
My biggest fear would be anxiety or depression caused by the digitally integrated human experience. With the usage of cell phones, we have become more connected and also separated from each other. We don’t have to feel like we are bonded to a physical place because we can access the world through our digital devices, devices that soon will be integrated into wearables like virtual reality. This could create disappointment in our physical reality when we cannot use our augmented digital abilities.
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/WispRead More
Virtual Reality (VR) makes for fantastic immersive gaming, but also possesses the potential to disrupt the way we learn, socialize, and explore. With the help of Google Cardboard headsets and smart phones, a teacher can transport a classroom full of students to the inside of plant cell and view photosynthesis up close.
Facet is a boutique virtual reality production company based in Austin and NYC. When they’re not developing immersive content for clients, the Facet team explores the balance between narrative and viewer autonomy in the VR experience. Nick Ramsay and Ivan Gabriel Ramirez, the cofounders of Facet, share the nuances, strengths, and weaknesses of VR as a storytelling medium. http://facetvr.com/Read More
Electronic waste overflows in landfills all over the world, and many of the materials associated with this type of waste will take centuries to break down, if ever. Some components of computers are even toxic. Recycling has made an impact on global waste management, but society must think more resourcefully about items that cannot decompose and cannot be recycled. Upcycling and repurposing of electronic hardware represent an opportunity for both creative and industrial projects.
A great example of cleverly upcycling e-waste is the small, hip, record-cutting company Mobile Vinyl Recorders. MVR was lathe-cutting upcycled CDs with new tracks, live this year inside the Toyota Tent at AfroPunk Brooklyn 2016. This differs from burning CDs with tracks both in the physical process and in the outcome. These CDs can be played on a record player. Hipsters and tech enthusiasts alike watched as Mike Dixon of Mobile Vinyl Recorders gave new life to old objects, driven by a passion for music and a medium. Some of Mike Dixon’s other projects involve cutting records on materials like chocolate.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