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NAVIGATE BY WEARABLE EXPERIMENTS

Wearable Experiments are a design focused wearable technology company.  Founded by Aussies Bille Whitehouse and Ben Moir, they came to prominence with their first product "Fundawear" - the world's first range of intimate garments that allow couples to simulate the sensation of personal touch remotely via touch input on a smartphone and sensors embedded in the garments. Created in partnership with Havas Worldwide for Durex, Fundawear generated interest from around the world, with their video receiving over 7million views and becoming the recipient of the Silver Lion Award for PR at the Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Several products have followed, but their latest is "Navigate" - A stylish jacket that allows the urban explorer to navigate themselves around a new city without having their attention focused on the screen of a smartphone, or a physical map.  It uses GPS and sensors in the jacket to provide the wearer with haptic feedback on whether to turn left, right or stop while travelling.

For more information on this innovative startup checkout their website.  http://wearableexperiments.com

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G-Star gets behind recycled plastic fashion

The guys behind recycled plastic yarn manufacturer Bionic Yarn, founder Tyson Toussant and creative director Pharrell Williams, have teamed up with denim brand G-Star to create a new line - Raw for the Oceans.  The collaboration will see yarn made with recycled ocean plastic turned into G-Star denim.

https://www.g-star.com/en_us/rawfortheoceans 

Previously, Bionic has collaborated with other big fashion brands such as Gap.  Check out the video above to get a better understanding of what Bionic is all about.

http://www.bionicyarn.com

 

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Structure 3D Sensor for iPad

Worlds first 3D sensor of mobile devices.

Something that we at VisionSmiths have been keeping a close eye on over the last 12 months is the development of 3D sensing hardware designed to be used with mobile devices.  

Prime Sense, the company that produced the 3D sensor for the original Kinect unveiled plans earlier this year for their new smaller, cheaper “Capri” sensor that is designed to be embedded in mobile devices. However it seems the first company to actually get a device to market is going to be a software partner of Prime Sense, US based Occipital, with their Structure sensor.  Occipital have launched a kickstarter campaign for their device that has received funding way above their target so we look forward to seeing their sensors adorning iPads in the new year!  

Check out the Video above and the link to their KickStarter campaign is here.

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Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece

As designers it is hard not to be in awe of architectural visionary Antoni Gaudi.  Not only for his soaring vision and creativity but also for his ability to convince others to join his vision and realise such ambitious projects.

Undoubtably his most ambitious project was the famed Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.  So ambitious was it that despite taking over the project in 1883, at the time of his death 43 years later it was less than 25% complete.  A succession of esteemed architects have taken on the task of completing Gaudi’s masterpiece since then and it could be that the current man in charge, Jordi Fauli and his team are the ones to finally do it.  But not until 2026, a century after the death of the man Catalans call “Don Anton”.

To understand the full majesty of Gaudi’s design and see just how much has still to be done to complete Sagrada Familia please take a look at the 3D visualisation in the video above.

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3-in-1 3D Printer

The Zeus All in one 3D Printer, Copier, Scanner and Fax machine!

A Kickstarter project that recently achieved its funding goal could represent the future of consumer 3D printing devices.  Not only does the Zeus print items in 3D but it can scan real items and create 3D model files which can then be “faxed” to another Zeus device to be printed out.  This feature is illustrated in the video with a small child scanning and faxing his playdough model to his Dad who is somewhere else and then the child’s father prints out the facsimile of the model.  Cool Stuff.

If you want to find out more about this Kickstarter project check out this link.

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