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?
When we think of wearable technology, we often imagine designs straight out of science fiction and unique futuristic materials. There are high-tech eyeglasses that take pictures, ultra biometric watches that track your sleep habits, and even vibrating shoe shoes that help you navigate the streets. In recent years, much of our everyday gear received high-tech upgrades but not much attention has been paid to the wallet.
If you are in class, teaching a class, or in a business meeting, everyone has had the awkward experience off their phone going off at the wrong times. My project doesn’t make people think about what’s changing or trending. It adds the affordance of having another option to receiving a text or phone call other than ring tone, vibrate, or silent. A simple pattern would light up if are getting a phone call and flashing light if have received a text. You could also remove the board and light and place into a different sleeve allowing a person to choose what design they want to wear on any given day.
The necessity for passwords to access your accounts, all the way up to accessing your phone, has slowly been increasing. With each new device you have or new account you make you have to remember a new password. However, some people like to use the same password on everything, which is very insecure. A development team at Bionym Inc. is developing a wristband that will act as a password for all your devices.
We live in a world where our pocket-sized supercomputers tell us the best place to have dinner, how to get there, and what the traffic is like, while our cars have sensors that warn us not to back in to the fire hydrant at the end of the driveway on our way out. With all of the technology that surrounds us and directs us through our daily life, it is a shame to know that the visually impaired, the people who need direction the most, largely still depend on the use of canes and service animals to navigate.