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
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
Understanding code provides abundant creative opportunities across a wide variety of industries. CodeHS strives to give more students the chance to learn how to use code. In school we study reading and writing, but most people do not become professional readers. Many jobs, though, require basic literacy. CodeHS founders, Zach Galant and Jeremy Keeshin, say "Read, Write, Code" represent the most crucial foundational skills for the 21st century. Clever Tech Digest sat down with Zach Galant, to learn more about the platform CodeHS is building for the next generation stand on.
CodeHS implements high quality computer science programs around the world by providing great curriculum, tools, training, and support to public, charter, private, and international schools. CodeHS is a comprehensive and interactive computer science education platform that can be scaled and adapted for different schools' needs.Read More
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.
Lifeina Box is the world's smallest refrigerator, and is changing the way individuals transport temperature sensitive medication like insulin, growth hormone, and more . Clever Tech Digest sat down with Uwe Diegel, creator of Lifeina, to discuss the medical industry's shift towards connected health management and how it will impact patient care around the globe.
Uwe Diegel is a specialist in various forms of medical diagnostics such as blood pressure, temperature, asthma and diabetes. Uwe currently lives in Paris, France, where he runs HealthWorks Global. He has been at the forefront of international changes in healthcare technology for the last 30 years.
According to Uwe, "the creation of a new model of health and healthcare is the greatest single business opportunity of our lifetimes, and we expect it to be accompanied by profound and lasting cultural change." Read on to learn more about the future of connected healthcare.Read More
Lifeina Box is the world's smallest refrigerator, and is changing the way individuals transport temperature sensitive medication like insulin, growth hormone, and more . Clever Tech Digest sat down with Uwe Diegel, creator of Lifeina, to discuss developing technologies that will allow people to push past living beyond what is humanly possible, and into a new resilient synthetic reality.
Uwe Diegel is a specialist in various forms of medical diagnostics such as blood pressure, temperature, asthma and diabetes. Uwe currently lives in Paris, France, where he runs HealthWorks Global.
Read on to learn why Uwe says at least 30 million people will be over 100 years old in the year 2030 (there are only 450,000 people over 100 years old alive today.)Read More
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
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