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Have a Tron Inspired Holiday

Tonight, one of the greatest cult fashion technology films is coming back to the big screen. TRON (insert dramatic sound here), is returning with a cast of super sexy sci-fi characters, inspirational lighted costumes, and a digital covered in electroluminescent wire and backlighting.

If you are feeling left out, or just want to light up your holidays with electronic pulse, put on one of Opening Ceremony's Tron-inspired fashions. Disney collaborated with OC to bring high-tech aesthetics and futuristic designs to the fashion forward.

 If you fancy some real light in your life, then make this DIY EL Wire Tron Bag made by the amazing LadyAda and Becky Stern for CraftMag. It is just the spice you need to light up the night. >

 

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Get Green with Sustainable Textiles - Bao-Khang Luu

Harmony Art's "let it grow" print, made of certified organic cotton, looks fun and is guilt-free!

Earth Day was last month. Did you completely space out and forget? That’s okay. It’s not too late to make “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” your daily mantra.

Let’s start with your wearable tech projects by bringing some green to your fabric choices. You can go three ways: sustainable textiles, repurposed clothes, and up-cycled materials. We’ll address sustainable textiles in this post.

These days sustainable textiles are all the rage, from luxury fashions to low-end basics. Linda Loudermilk creates high-end clothes from “sasawashi, bamboo, sea cell, soya and other exotic self-sustaining plants.” H&M’s Garden Collection, made from organic and recycled textiles, launched this spring.  Even Walmart boarded the sustainable train by making their “Faded Glory private label line more sustainable.” Music and Sons makes t-shirts from bamboo and organic cotton. They step up the coolness factor by wiring up the t-shirt with an ipod and earphone jacks making it possible to rock out, look fabulous, and be eco-friendly all at the same time.

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Review: Memory Foam ISIS Laptop Sleeve

My plastic snap-on laptop cover broke and I found myself in need of a new one. I came upon the ISIS collection, a design driven laptop and technology accessory company who makes their sleeves with memory foam. I usually go with the sleek plastic covers because they fit into a tight space and slide in and out of my bag easily, but as a lover of textiles, I really wanted a fabric sleeve and the ISIS is an excellent choice. I picked the Isis Dei Goldfish 15.4" Memory Foam Laptop Sleeve to go with my new Minx Gold Nails.  Below, you can see the  photos of my transition from the hard case to the ISIS sleeve. I think it's much more fashionable, don't you? 

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How to purchase fabrics for your Switch Craft projects

Obsessed with finding the right fabric? I am too, and this was no exception for the fabrics I used in my book Switch Craft. Each material was meticulously chosen for its color, pattern, sheen, and weave, while bringing vibrancy to the normally dull subject of electronics.

I have put together a guide to help you get the best fabric for your next Switch Craft project.

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Holiday Rejuvenation Series II - Revive your skin with Blue Light Treatments

 

Tired of the winter blues? Does your skin and mood need a pick me up? Use a blue light treatment, like Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device or Tandas Light Therapy Treatment. This light exposure helps your body release hormones that can improve your mood and energy levels and kill nasty acne causing bacteria. Philip’s goLITE BLU and other similar light therapy treatments are specifically designed to thwart the winter blues by giving you the added benefits of the sun without the harmful UV rays. You will not get a tan, but the treatment is safe and pain free. 

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Dos and Don'ts of Everyday Techno Fashion

I saw this post on Frisky about the NY Times article and noticed the comments about how bright my necklace is. I just had to let people know that I AGREE!

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times [Left] Photo from my iPhone [Right]

In the photo from the NY Times, it looks like I am wearing a super bright fantastic necklace, but in real life it just isn’t that intense. I make it brighter for events or PR, because well, it's pretty and the shadows casted are interesting.

For me, technology is about subtle hints and hues, not about a blinking ravers’ paradise on my body. Just because its electronic, doesn’t mean all rules of fashion should be thrown out. And, for those of us who love technology accents, we need to recognize that the fashion world is not comfortable with wearable light shows, unless they are on the runway. To help demonstrate this idea I have put together a short list of a glamour girls dos and don’ts with electronic clothing and accessories for everyday wear - stress on the word “everyday.” 

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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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Solar Powered Happiness in a Bottle

If your headed into the wild this summer, be sure to take along the Light Cap by Sollight. You can drink till your hearts content and then hang the bottles from a tree for light as beautiful as the lanterns at Tavern on the Green.

These caps are also great for that old Nalgene bottle you've saved.

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Choosing the Right Magnetic Switch for Your Project

The magnetic switch is a wonder tool for designers who would like to turn a circuit on and off based on proximity. The Shiny Clutch and Aromatherapy Sachet in our book Switch Craft are two examples. However, buying the right magnetic switch can be tricky at times.

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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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