Archive for the ‘tech’ Category

Clashist

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Check out this clever holiday video for Clashist’s Kickstarter…and maybe get a James franco tee or two for a crush of your own. Heather and I worked on developing the concept for this line and I’m really excited to see it moving forward!

 

Piol

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I’m super interested in tech + fashion overlaps…and imagining all the possibilities of fabrics, changes in production, changes in distribution, etc.  This is my industry and I’m excited about the future.

Something that friends and I have been kicking around ideas about for a while is something that other fields already do…total customization. And since the tech world really likes to solve problems, it was only a matter of time till we saw something like Piol.

While the site has some skin tone stereotyping, and other use-ability issues it needs to work out, it will be interesting to see the customer reaction. Personally, I wonder about why none of the silhouettes are really fashionable, why pants (a major fit area) aren’t being dealt with yet, about the qualities of the fabrics,  and the scale of the prints.

The main question, I guess, is if it’s worth it to people. On the site, it’s 575 for a poly shealth, 545 for a cotton one. And it takes 3-4 weeks. But it’s made domestically, and to your measurements.

You could go downtown, buy 2 yards of nice silk ($40), nice lining ($20) buy a designer sewing pattern ($18) and work with a tailor (50/hour). Assuming five hours to make your dress and even 2 hours of fittings, you are already saving over $100. Or you could buy a nice dress on sale and have it tailored. Those options take time, though….filling out the website took 5 minutes.

I think there’s a huge opportunity to work with local tailors in a tech way. Just like Airbnb (or that horrible serf-making app I read about in Fast company a couple years ago Task Rabbit,) tech can connect people who were previously unconnected. You could connect customers to tailors, have them upload their measurements, what they are looking to do, etc, connect those people to fabric sales people: you can help the environment, the local economy, help people look their best and save money, etc.

we’ll see…just imagine the future:)

 

Heather’s alternative

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Heather did a great collab for her company, Uncovet, and Alternative Apparel: an Ipad clutch that’s not all business.

 

crowdsourcing

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The attack in Boston made me feel surprised and saddened, but when I saw video yesterday of the suspects, my initial feeling was of being totally sick to my stomach. Those images, and other information crowd-sourced from individuals as well as gathered from surveillance cameras helped authorities (and amateurs) focus the search.

It all brings up interesting questions about the future of how we share information, who accesses it, and how visual data can be misunderstood, and manipulated by bias. Fast Company has a really interesting article about how the site Reddit became a hub for amateur sleuthing using crowdsourced clues, with varying results. Image via.

shoes of prey

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I’m kinda obsessed…this site allows you to “design” your own shoes using a couple of their building blocks. I came across it because my friend Gretchen Jones did a great collab with them for Fashion Week. Hers is here:

unfortunately, the shapes they offer on the regular site are a little less interesting: but you can still have some fun, and the prices are very reasonable.

here’s what I made this am…and here’s the site.

kinect

Monday, June 14th, 2010

last night, we were invited to check out XBox’s new game system.

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Above: “flash mob” at the Galen Center due to so many four-square-ers checking in.

The night started with a pretty epic and totally over the top presentation of the new system: now called Kinect.

I say over the top because there was a moving couch, a fake elephant,

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a suspendended, moving living room and oh, yeah, Cirque de Soliel.

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But: since this presentation is all a part of E3, I’m guessing most of the people there will be at presentations all week and Xbox wanted something over the top to stand out.

But, I kinda feel that Kinect stands out all by itself.

It uses no controllers, it recognizes your movements, and you physically move to play or interact.

After the crazy show we headed to Loft 7 for the party, and to get to play the game.

below: Xboxed out the building.

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We’d already played an earlier version: but it was pretty much perfected this time. I played a couple of the games and it was honestly really awesome. The graphics are really cartoony, which i kinda prefer on the sillier driving and dodge ball games, and you can now play with a partner. The games responded really, really well.

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above: the driving game.

It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing video games.

Because you physically move with your friends: you feel like you are actually doing something and having fun together. Also: a bunch of the games like the driving game and the dancing game and really fun to watch too.

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Above: watching from above while a kid played the dancing game.

My flip cam broke at the party: and I wish I had better pictures….the games were actually projected, as people were playing, all over downtown.

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Probably horrible if you were trying to sleep: but pretty awesome for those of us playing on a roof.

Lucky Cal

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

i often feel like i have too much to do and miss things i should have gone to…but sometimes I feel like there’s nothing to do: which is almost never true.

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Enter LuckyCal, which basically aggregates all your info: google calendar, bands you like, friends info, etc and tells you when and wht and what you are doing.

or what you are going to pretend you forgot.

let it be known i don’t need this…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

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I just think mail goggles, which prevents drunk emailing, is a great idea.

if it were april fools day I would think it was joke, but its not, so….this could come in very handy for some of my friends…you know who are….or i should say, yous knoe whooo yas ar (that’s my sober attempt at drunk typing).