Last month Santa Clara, California played host to AWE (Augmented World Expo) a conference and exhibit that showcased the cutting edge of new augmented reality technology. Companies like Qualcomm Vuforia, Vuzix, Epson Moverio. Speakers included MIT Labs Hiroshii Ishi and Robert Scoble were two of the keynoters painting a rosy AR world. Our company, Living in Digital Times, entertained the eager crowds with a high tech fashion runway show featuring some of the most cutting edge wearable technology available. Some of the pieces were custom creations and more proof of concept. Others are available for purchase now. Here’s a walk through the fashion runway.
Yes, she’s a rainbow, of the high tech variety. Megan is wearing Rainbow Winters’ Rainbow Riot dress. It uses a special luminous fabric and has embedded sensors that control the dress color depending on Megan’s mood and surroundings. In a riot of rainbows, sculptured geometric hexagons turn the wearer into a walking work of art.
The Clutch from Stelle Audio was designed by Rebecca Minkoff . It opens to reveal a high-quality speaker controlled via Bluetooth. You can hold a conference call while still looking fashionable and chic.
Megan is also wearing her Zazzi Ring from FashionTEQ. The Ring Shank for the Zazzi ring is real sterling silver. The collection includes a ring, pendant and a cuff. These pieces are interchangeable so that your one Zazzi can be worn in different ways to suit you outfit. The ring lets you tuck your phone away but still stay in touch. Zazzi ring notifies you when you ‘ve got a text, call, social media message or message, and it can display custom images on the jewelry.
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Well, now you can wear your moods on your neck. Kristin Neidlander of Sensoree designed the GER MOOD sweater to let those around you see how you’re feeling. Thanks to a sensor that measures Galvanic Skin Repsonse — often an indicator of emotion, the sweater can interpret the input and change colors. See a red collar? That means stay away.
Along with her mood sweater our model dangles an Olloclip. It’s a quick-connect lens for the iPhone that lets you compete with the pro photographers.The OlloClip includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. The fisheye selfie of you and your GER MOOD sweater will be an Instagram hit!
Terra is wearing Valerie Lamontagne’s Strokes+Dots series outfit. Inspired by early Modernist representations of speed, graphic design, abstract art and technology, the collection is created with digital printing techniques and LED arrays connected to sensors. The lights react to body movements or the environmental changes. If you’re a 21st century Martha Stewart you can even assemble your own DIY Strokes and Dots ensemble.
The colors of Strokes and Dots are accentuated with another more personalized statement — your own headphones. Velodyne’s vFree® are wireless and Bluetooth enabled. With personalized skins you can instantly and easily change the look of your headphones to match your outfit or mood.
Ryan and JaMille are their own one man bands’ when they wear Drum Pants, a sensor based drum that’s worn in the legs of their pants. Tapping on the pant’s sensors can unleash more than 100 sounds. Share the beat with the world through an optional speaker or perfect your beats in silence using plug in headphones. The wearable sensor strips in the kit can be attached and removed easily from any clothing, meaning a shirt, jacket, dress or skirt so you won’t go drumless for an evening.
Ryan’s is wearing a Fitbit One, the tracker that never rests. During the day, it tracks his steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. After a long night at the drum circle, it measures his sleep quality, helps him learn how to sleep better, and wakes him.
JaMille captures Ryan’s epic drum solo with his Autographer, a new type of
wearable camera custom built to enable spontaneous, hands-free image capture. The camera includes a custom 136° eye view, an ultra small GPS unit and 5 in-built sensors. Images taken with the Autographer are always natural, unexpected and completely authentic.
Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor a high-powered water gun can ruin Harley’s day when she’s wearing Rainbow Winters’ Orange Tip Butterfly Dress. The smart textile dress has embedded sensors that adapt to changes in the atmosphere’s moisture content. As it senses moisture the fabric panels on the dress turn orange.
The Zazzi Cuff is another version of the latest smart wearables – smart to look at and smart enough to know when you’re receiving a call, text, or social media notification. Zazzi comes in silver, gold, rose gold and with Swarovski crystals!
Heapsylon’ Sensoria is the wearable technology that’s built into the washable Sensoria Fitness T-Shirt. You can snap the Sensoria heart monitor, or another company’s, into the front of the shirt. The shirt’s high tech insert transmits body monitoring data to either the Sensoria mobile app or the fitness app of your choice.
A smarter basketball is one that can help you improve your game. Travis’s game is getting smarter using the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball. It measures how well you’re handling the ball and based on feedback it creates custom workouts and training for you. It records your complete workout including ball handling and shooting skills, adapting as you improve. It’s like having a coach living in your ball. And because the technology is so miniaturized it all lives inside a regulation size, weight, spin and bounce basketball. A free app lets users choose from hundreds of different options including the ability to track head-to-head competition between up to five players.
The V.ALRT is an ergonomically designed device that can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist with the included band or around the neck as a pendant. With the push of a button, the V.ALRT pings the smartphone to send personalized texts to three pre-selected contacts. The customizable message will indicate that help is needed and also provide location information using the phone’s GPS location.
If this is the future, sign us up now. Achor is wearing Valerie Lamontagne and 3lectromode’s Future Matter dress combining high couture with high-tech engineering. The fabric is made from hand-woven cotton with digitally-printed silk textiles, electronic hardware, and hand embroidered hard and soft circuits. LEDs and a motion sensor are integrated into the fabric, transforming the rhythm and illumination of the LEDS with the wearer’s movements.
The lovely necklace worn by Anchor is the third of Zazzi’s beautifully-designed and functional jewelry. The pendant has the lucite frame for a playful style.FashionTEQ, created Zazzi with an e-paper display so you can see glance-able information at a moment’s notice. Zazzi will even let you know when you left your home or office without your smartphone.
How would you like to wear clothes that reveal information about your emotional state? Sensoree is a San Francisco based company that promotes externalized intimacy using futuristic fabrics made from sustainable materials impregnated with sensor based technologies.
Our model is wearing NEUROTiQ, a ‘brain animating’ fashion project that displays the current state of your brain using color. As our model relaxes or gets excited Neurotiq’s colorful headress changes hues. Colors correspond to the brain wave outlput. Delta or deep sleep is red. Theta or meditation is orange. Beta or consciousness is yellow-green, and Gamma is a multi sensory brain state that shines blue, purple, and red. NEUROTiQ is made of knitted and 3d printed elements embedded with Emotiv’s 14 sensor brain-computer interface technology.
Angy is wearing a simple but elegant white motion-sensitive dress that draws its inspiration from infra-red insect wing imaging. As the dress’ built in motion sensors are triggered, electroluminescent wings will appear. The wings are illuminated and animated.
Clever, beautiful and functional . That describes Netamo’s June, designed by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet. It’s a bracelet that measures sun exposure. It features a chic jewel sensor on a sleek double wrap genuine leather band. Its companion iOS app alerts wearers of excessive sun exposure, tracks daily sun habits and features personalized coaching and recommendations to help women take better care of their skin.
Lauren is wearing Angela Dale’s cocktail dress and headdress. Look at its colors made of ever-changing strips of LEDs, each controlled by their own micro controller. The result is a visually stunning and highly programmable dress. The LEDs can be set to blink in response to music or to create specific patterns against the high-tech silver fabric.
Misfit Wearables proclaims the Shine as “the world’s most elegant physical activity monitor.” We think that’s true. Its anodized aluminum casing is barely noticeable and it transfers data to its host without wires, or firing up special apps. It’s no slouch on performance either: The Shine tracks sleep and activity – even swimming – and also works as a watch. Don’t like the sport band that Lauren’s wearing? No problem. There are necklaces and other bands that can hold your Shine, or you can wear it anywhere you want, since it’s magnetic.