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Your Future Shopping Buddy? Multi-touch Retail Display

What you are looking at is an experimental retail display called Razorfashion. It is a large multi-touch enabled computer screen that is designed to let you shop fashion items using gestures. Think of it as a giant iPhone installed in the shopping mall, running a shopping app. Similar to Amazon, it shows you product reviews and tries to sell you related products. Facebook integration is also promised, so that you can consult your friends on purchases. See the video embedded below for all the goodness.

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The Light of Invention


[Music Room at Edison National Historic Site]

I recently had the opportunity to have a private visit of the Thomas Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey. Its Thomas Edison’s laboratory complex and it is currently being renovated. The complex is where he created the first films, recorded some of the first music records, manufactured light bulbs and phonographs and many other gadgets that changed our lives forever. Since I was there as part of team of fabricators who were helping with the renovation, I didn’t feel it was right for me to take too many pictures, but I did get this one shot of the machine shop in the early afternoon. 

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Flashback Fashion Tech

This charming flower is not costume jewelry but actually a hearing aid device made in—1802!

If you think that integrating useful technology into clothing and accessories is something new, think again. Without fail, we can always look to the past for seeds innovation to stimulate our own creation. Below I've put together a number of fun inventions from the bygone days and compared them to some of their modern day counterparts.

 

1972: Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio R-72

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Second Skin Exhibition in San Francisco

If you are in San Francisco, be sure to stop by the Exploratorium and see the Second Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing Exhibition. The show runs from April 29th to September 7th, 2009. For those who are unable to attend, watch this video and experience it vicariously:

 

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Send me an Angel!

Angel ChangAngel ChangI'd like to give a shout-out to my good friend, Angel Chang , for competing on Bravo TV's The Fashion Show! Angel is truly a fashion forward designer who embraces technology. Her bio on the show's website says it well: "Angel creates versatile dressing solutions for worldly women on-the-go...

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Kiss Me I'm Polish!

Agnieszka Gasparska, who did the design of the Aromatherapy Sachet for Switch Craft, has relaunched her site called kissmeimpolish.com. Agnieszka is an award winning designer with a flair for making. Check out the work and get inspired!

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Illuminating eco-consciousness

Vote for the Umbrella Dog Coat!

Love Chocolate? Take a Whif!

I've been waiting for technology to really indulge in something culinary, and now its here. "LeWhif" is a chocolate inhaler that combines chocolate and aerosol so you can suck in all sinful delights with zero calories! 

Ok, I'll admit, I thought this product was a joke when I first heard about it, but seems like it's for real. If it is not real, then I am properly duped.

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Make your own Electro Puff from IFM


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