By: Jordan Massey
By: Jordan Massey
By Kristen Taylor
Video 1. LED Eyelash – soomi park
Video 1. Print Your Own Makeup With Mink | Disrupt NY 2014
Video games haven’t changed much lately in terms of how they are played. Of course there has been amazing upgrades in terms of content and quality, however there has been little variation from the usual “hold a controller and stare at a screen” mode of play. That is all set to change though as wearable technology continues to grow. Leading the change is Oculus VR® with their work on virtual reality goggles.
As the wearable tech world grows exponentially under the radar of the public, there is beginning to be a reoccurring theme. Although others have found their base in headware or belt clips, most of the new tech coming out, it seems, is to be worn on the wrist. Whether the device is for fitness, for time, or a combination of things, why are we only looking to this area of the body.
One of my greatest desire is to combine my love of fashion and eco consciousness to help provide awareness and even solutions to maintain our planet. One of my obstacles, I have experienced and witnessed are the price tags on some of the wonderful “green” products that are in the market, today.
One of the exciting aims I can think of for this rising of fusion of technology and fashion is the social solutions it can provide to world. Recently one of hip-hop’s fashion Icons, Kanye West became a topic of many conversations due to his wearing of masks during his Yeezus tour. The masks were designed by Maison Martin Margiela. The masks made their way to the couture runway in the fall of 2013. I was attracted to the idea of wearing a mask as a form of expression through apparel after the current topic. Throughout history, I believe the “Bourgeoisie” has played with this idea of concealed identity especially within in a taboo setting, so therefore I can understand how this form of expression can make it to the world of couture. The wearing of masks can be interpreted in so many ways, but what if the reason for wearing masks became more of a necessity rather than an expression?
Recently named the ‘best wearable tech’ at SXSW, the Skully Helmet Skully AR-1 allows the user to have a rear-facing, 180° view without needing to take their eyes off the road as the view is projected onto a transparent display in the visor. Also equipped is “an advanced situational awareness system, showing navigation and blind spot data” based on a series of microcomputers and sensors. Although still in beta testing, the helmet also offers turn by turn navigation, smartphone communication, as well as internet connectivity all at the control of your voice.
Technology as a wearable fashion in something of a novelty in today’s day and age. But what about as integrated fashion? As many a sic fi movie has suggested, technology will eventually be integrated into us. At that point all the information we need will simply be attached to you, in fact, an actual part of you. Ouch my data!