Beautiful brain

5th August 2014

Exploring the untapped recesses of the brain is a hot subject for both design and technology at the moment, as I have already written about on Unique Style Platform, the brain is a new tool for design, but more than that it is a resource of wonder, experience and communication.

The latest designer to explore the brain is Lauren Bowker and The Unseen in collaboration with Swarovski.

Designing a gemstone-encrusted headdress using phase change inks and over 40,000 specially grown stones it changes colour in response to varying energy levels in the brain.

According to Bowker the headpiece works on everyone with excitement and nerves producing different colours and patterns and they have already noticed that different times of the day affect the brightness and intensity of the colours.

The headdress will be shown during London Design Festival in September.





The Unseen by Lauren Bowker







Stone Island


Kerry Wallace


Added Experience

25th February 2014

With the word 'wearables' on the technologists lips many fashion designers are moving gently into the space between fashion and tech.

Rather than adding in unwanted experiences to apparel such as twitter feeds emblazoning dresses, designers are looking to a more sensitive approach to how to add an extra element of sensuality, experience and design.

Interestingly during this round of fashion weeks two projects have both explored the realms of Thermo Reactive colour change inks.

Alexander Wang during NYFW created a buzz with his outfits that started off a dark green but changed to yellow, lime, purple and blue whilst Lauren Bowker for The Unseen during LFW took a more dramatic approach by using fire to color change her leather pieces.

As the heat from the fire touched the material the colours changed exposing green and purple tones.

Using thermo-reactive technology in garments is not in itself new for those who remember the global hypercolour t shirts from the 90's and a more recent foray with the technology from stone Island, but less know is pioneer Kerry Wallace - Textile Futures Alumni who explored motion response sportswear in 2006 investigating wearable displays and responsive apparel using thermochromic and liquid crystal inks via analogue methods.




Durr

11th February 2014

With 2014 being heralded as the year of the wearable I am sure we will see a huge amount of new products, but this one caught my eye for its simplicity and its more emotional connection to ourselves.

It also sits nicely as a comment on the rash of wearable watches that we are seeing hit the market from the likes of Samsung and Pebble.

The 'Durr' as it is called is a wearable bracelet that vibrates every five minutes and aims to bring a more emotional connection to the passing of time or as the designers say: “it creates a haptic rhythm to make us notice the changing tempo of time”, which also links in nicely to the re thinking of time that is being explored by many designers and projects at the moment.



EDHV


EDHV


Suzanne van Beest


Suzanne van Beest



Teaming Up

9th February 2014

The third in a series of thought provoking exhibitions from Transnatural started last week in Amsterdam.

Titled 'Teaming Up', it explores new forms of collaboration between nature, humans, animals and machines as well as exploring our perception of time and the bigger subject of symbiosis - both subjects that are particularly of interest to me right now.

The exhibition is a curated selection of thought provoking projects such as the Roots project from EDHV which I first saw at the Dutch Invertuals during Dutch Design week as well as the work of Suzanne van Beest who designs from the wonder of nature.

Exploring time and the difference between experiencing biological time vs daily time Studio 1:1's clock suggests to explore biological time where actual 'technical time' is irrelevant whilst 'Time' by Eveline Visser brings birds who live by biological time into the hospital environment in order to visualise biological time, and in turn, create a symbiosis between man and nature.

The exhibition runs till the 5th June at Workspace, Lijnbaansgracht 148a Amsterdam.





Future of wearables?

30th December 2013

With 2014 heralded by Wired Magazine as the year of wearables I wonder where this will lead us - having worked at Philips in the late 90's on the first commercial wearables and visions of the future of how wearables would look and feel, I am longing for our vision and dreams from then to come to fruition, but with technology opening up such new opportunities I am curious (as a dog owner) and intrigued about the No More Woof by the Nordic Society for invention and Discovery which takes wearables into an entirely new realm.

Always laced with humour and an element of 'why?' their inventions are always unique and this one is no different. A small wearable device that uses EEG to read the dogs brain, it then converts thoughts into human language.

They are also developing a series of voices that you can choose to be the voice that your dog communicates to you with. Coming in a series of models they can be pre- ordered with all the monies gained helping to research further into this field.

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