Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tech fashion forecast for 2013

What’s going on in the intersection of technology and fashion?tech fashion forecast

Right now, designer Anouk Wipprecht is in Los Angeles, working out of the LA Makerspace from March 19th until April 18th. Wipprecht is known for projects like Intimacy Black, a dress of smart e-foils whose transparency varies based on interpersonal encounters, and the gamified smart cocktail-dispensing DareDroid dress.

She’ll be hosting prototyping classes and a workshop. Continue reading

What the heck is 4D printing?

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The fourth dimension in 4D printing refers to materials that are able to change and mutate when exposed to water, temperature changes and/or air to self assemble. 4D object formats have API’s (Application Programmers Interfaces) that enable designers to define the characteristics of the materials they are made from, which are then printed using sophisticated chemical calibrations to enable specific attributes and functionality.

Nanotech has been on its way for so long, some people have stopped believing in its potential. It still doesn’t seem like a real thing.

Will we ignore privacy concerns for the convenience of Google Glass?

Last night my boyfriend said, “Promise me you won’t wear them in the house.”

Google Glass Privacy concerns spur 5 Point Cafe ban

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He was talking about Google Glass, and he was very serious.

For anyone who works in computer security or follows internet privacy developments, Google Glass represents a critical development.

As the release of the first devices draws near, pundits are weighing in on whether privacy concerns will block Glass adoption. Continue reading

SXSW- technology summit or bro party-down?

This year, Friskies is bringing internet darling Grumpy Cat to SXSW, in a fairly civil attempt at meme-jacking.

Along with dozens of other brands that have nothing to do with music or film or interactive technology, Friskies will be putting their brand in front of influencers in hope of an endorsing tweet or Like.MEME-Grumpy-Cat-vs.-Facebook

Of course, the festival’s 27th iteration also features lots of hot bands, film screenings and talks by tech bigwigs.

The relentless schedule of events, shows, and parties means most attendees I know come back with the SXSW Flu, a combination of con crud and alcohol poisoning that requires a week of “working from home” recovery.

Despite the grueling nature of the event, SXSW attendance is mandatory for many people in the technology sphere.

SXSW’s Startup Village provides a huge population of technoscenti, neo-digerati, checkbooks (AKA investors) and baller SEO dudes at their most accessible, i.e. while they’re wandering hotel corridors on molly. Continue reading