Smart is the new black.

While we wait for news coverage of the annual Smart Fabrics conference to trickle out, let’s check out some other wearable tech developments!

In design trends, we love the earlier work of Beijing designer Vega Wang, like Into the Deep, and we adore her recent design collection Alpha Lyrae, a collab with the creators project.

Check out this gorgeous video of the design process here. Wang’s S/S 2013 collection for ready-to-wear echoes Alpha Lyrae, with exquisite galactic prints that have been copied to the mass market all the way from Etsy to Target already.vega-zaishi-wang-alpha-lyrae-1

Although aspects of Barbie’s aspirational positioning are toxic, we’ve always liked that she was a Computer Engineer in 2010. We thought the binary & circuit-print outfit was great, too. (Not so crazy about the 2010 News Anchor version, where she looks uncannily like Nicole Kidman in To Die For!)

And in an exciting development, this summer a Barbie with a programmable LED dress is coming out. I can’t wait to see this hacked! You can also now see the dress that likely inspired Barbie’s, one of Cute Circuit’s LED creations, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

This post originally appeared on the T324 Blog.

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About Suzanne Forbes

Suzanne Forbes is a traditionally trained figurative artist who makes documentary art of queer culture and Berlin life. She also works in mixed media. She is a former New Yorker who immigrated to Berlin with her third husband and their two cats. Her work is crowdfunded by the support of her Patrons on Patreon; you could help! In previous lives Suzanne was a graffiti artist in downtown NY, a courtroom artist for CBS and CNN, a penciller for DC Comics on Star Trek, and a live-drawing chronicler of Bay Area alternative culture.

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