CES 2015 most fashionable announcements | January 12th edit

This week, CES 2015 is ongoing in Vegas. Time for all kinds of tech companies to announce and present their latest innovations. TVs, cars, wearables… A lot of new tech products, either gadget or true innovations, are at the center of the attention. Here’s a selection of the best fashion & tech projects that caught Clausette‘s attention.

This post will be updated throughout the week, as to feature all the projects you need to be aware of, all updates will be shared over our Facebook page & Twitter.

January 12th update

 
Last week has been tough, with the events that occured at Charlie Hebdo offices, I decided to put the blog aside to have some time for myself. This is why I only update this post today, and I am really sorry for that delay.

Last week was, on the other side of the Atlantic, still a fantastic week, with CES where we could discover new projects linking fashion and tech, for better or for worse.

I presented you the Spider Dress 2.0., Curie: Intel’s chip for wearable devices, the Misfit x Swarovski collab and the ODG smartglasses at the beginning of the week. Today, we will have a closer look to the other projects presented at the CES, with very interesting projects and others that, well, were not that good.

What we liked

Tyia, still another connected bracelet, but it’s pretty

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Designed by Viawear, this wristband is quite likely to the others on the market today: activity tracker for women, it features a notifications system with changing colors lights and different vibrations depending on if you receive a message or a call… Available with several leather bracelets options, it is also available in gold platted edition and rhodium, with a special diamond edition. Available for pre-order, it will cost $239 for its silver edition and will be launched at Spring 2015. Not so revolutionnary, but we still get closer to a design that people would actually wear. To be continued!

Fashion 3D printing at CES 2015

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3D printing’ IRL application still are being developped around the world. At the CES, the technology was one of the great stars and 3D system shown its technology to create viable fashion pieces. Design getting closer and closer (but still, we should not declare victory too soon, the products still look very cheap, aside from Iris Van Herpen’s fabulous designs) to what could fit into a regular fashion store.

My favorite: with Vardama, stains collapse

Vardama is specialized into the design of luxury & high tech fabrics. A leader in the treatment of fibers: especially with the development of its innovation Equa Tek, a way to treat the fiber before the creation of the cloth, making it totally water repellent.

For its debuts, Verdama launches a range for men featuring the Equa Tek innovation. These first models are available since December. As for the price, a treated smoking costs between $695 and $1800, $49 for the first ties.

Mira, another fitness tracker?

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Mira, yet another activity tracker for women: steptracking, distances and burnt calories. With a neat circular graphic in the smartphone app, a purple block gets bigger the more you move for glanceable hour, day and week views. Designed to encourage users to build some walking or exercise into their schedules, more than for fitness fanatics. It is possible to add other activities such as yoga, swimming, weight lifting and you can also log your food intake. With a Fitbit Flew-style detachable module, interchangeable between the two midnight purple and brushed gold style. Three sizes are available: petite, small and medium. For now it’s only available in the US under iOS.

Ring, the remote of the future?

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Ring allows you, thanks to its little button, to draw a symbole to display an app on your smartphone. It can also command the TV, lower the sound or command the shutters thanks to a smarthome solution. Available in Japan, Ring is sold at $270.

What we liked less

Belty

emiota-belty-smart-beltIt’s been some time since I first saw this project coming on the Internet, brought by French start-up Emiota. I wondered several times if I should feature it on the blog. My answer was no. But, well, it has been buzzing around the CES, so I finally decided to talk about it.

So, Belty is a smartbelt. A belt that adapts itself depending on your position, your moves, your meals… in order to bring you more comfort. With a week long autonomy, it is coupled with an iOS app (Android is said to be coming soon) and could also warn you when you are being sat for too long. Voilà. Beyond the aesthetic part, completely crippling, I was wondering the utility of such an object in people’s everyday life.

The “CES Fashion Catwalk”

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Last but not least, there was a “catwalk” during the CES, showing the fashion & tech projects, Mashable reports. But, well, at some point I need someone to explain. Why? What is the aim of this ugly things? Its utility? We go from a patchwork of pieces found all over the CES (the really glamourous and chic woman in the middle of the picture) to a dress broadcasting one’s notifications directly on its dress (the woman at the right of our so glam woman). WHY? Why would one want to have its SMS/calls displayed for everyone’s eyes but hers? I don’t get it.

Conclusion on CES 2015

In contrary to the previous years, the place has been made for wearables. Interesting and promising projects were presented. That’s for the good part.

For the bad one, it sums up in one word: desappointing. When we always hear 2015 will be the year of wearables (2014 was already?) I was expecting true revolutions, products with more researched designs, more aesthetic products… But no. Well, for the “AMAAAZING!!!” we will have to wait.


January 7th initial post

ANouk Wipprecht’s Spider dress 2.0. debuts, protecting your personal space

A few weeks ago, Dutch fashion tech designer Anouk Wipprecht teased about her new version of Spider Dress, designed with Intel. The Spider Dress was intially created in 2012 in collaboration with engineer Daniel Schatzmayr. In this updated version, all 3D printed, featuring proximity and respiration sensors responding to external stimuli, protecting the wearer from invasion of its personal space by lashing out. The three sets of spider legs serve fashionably as epaulettes but their robotic power belies another hidden agenda. The spidery limbs react to the sensors when they warn of elevating respiration levels and the approach of another person. The Intel Edison platform was developed with input from Phillip H. Wilck of Studio Palermo.

Black shells are implanted with LEDS along the sides of the bodice. They greatly resemble the eyes of a spider and also react to an approach, either flashing warning signs or glowing steadily as a sign of acceptance.

“The Spider Dress provides an extension of the wearer’s intuition. It uses proximity sensors as well as a respiration sensor to both define and protect the personal space of the wearer. It knows  when you are focused or distracted. It know when your heartbeat or stress level rises and it records with a camera when your brain activity is highest…Approach the wearer too aggressively and the mechanical limbs move up to an attack position. Approach the system in calmer circumstances and the dress just might beckon you to come closer  with a smooth, suggestive gesture.” says Anouk Wipprecht.

Intel unveils button-size curie, said to be about to change the game of wearables

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Intel, chip giant, obviously missed the rise of smartphones, while still dominant in PCs, it wants and needs to avoid the same fate with the upcoming burgeoning wearable tech market. Realizing it can’t go alone on this market, it partnered with numbers of companies, including giant eyeglass maker Luxottica, watchmaker Fossil or design house Opening Ceremony in late September, unveiling Mica, the now famous smart bracelet under $1000. Its CEO, Brian Krzanich unveiled Curie, a button-size chip featuring a processor, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and a dedicated engine to determine different sporting activity. Able to run for extended periods with a coin-size battery, it also can be recharged. It could power wearables of different kinds and designs, rings, pendants, clothes…

Swarovski teams up with Misfit for a series of bling bling wearables

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Misfit, the brand of fitness and sleep trackers, has announced to be teaming up with crystal brand Swarovski for a series of two new wearables and nine sparkly accessoiries (three bracelets, three wristbands and three pendants, available in black, white and grey).

If you didn’t see our latest post, here’s the full story of this new collection.

From military to mass market, new smartglasses unveiled

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2014 was not the year of Google Glasses, although it was announced as the year of the revolution. For all that, the smartglasses did not say their last word! Google left an open door left to potential new entrants to this market, thanks to the awarness raised by the Google Glasses.

If you didn’t see our latest post, here’s the full story of this smartglasses.

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