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Wearable Technology

U.K. Artist Upcycles Vintage Shoes, Cellphones Into Literal "Walkie Talkies"

Sean Miles is giving the term “walkie talkies” a brand new meaning. The U.K. artist has created a series of “handsets” by embedding cellphones into the soles of…

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Harvard Scientists Create Smart Fiber That Changes Color When Stretched

Fruit of the “bastard hogberry” plant. Inspiration can strike from the unlikeliest of places. Take the amusingly named bastard hogberry plant, for instance. Indigenous to South…

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"Stealth Wear" Keeps You Hidden From Drone, Thermal Surveillance

UNDER COVER Of the three “anti-drone” pieces, two are inspired by Muslim dress. “Conceptually, these garments align themselves with the rationale behind the…

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Iris van Herpen Debuts World's First 3D-Printed Flexible Dresses

PRINTABLE COUTURE Van Herpen and Oxman’s ensemble was the product of Stratsys’s “Objet Connex” multimaterial 3D-printing technology, which the company says…

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Water-Harvesting Cotton Could Help Sustain Agriculture in Arid Places

Photo by Shutterstock In arid areas, clean flowing water is always in short supply. However, once temperatures cool at night, mists and fogs nourish plant and animal life. Inspired by…

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Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester

Issey Miyake’s timing couldn’t be more apt. As temperatures at Paris Men’s Fashion Week plunged below zero on Thursday—and the City of Lights faced its worst…

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Wrangler's "Denim Spa" Jeans Claim to Moisturize Legs, Fight Cellulite

LEG SAVERS Other high-performance skincare ingredients, according to Wrangler, include apricot-kernel oil, passion-fruit oil, rosehip oil, and Shea butter, as well as monoi de Tahiti, a…

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Tactile Gloves Turn Your Hands Into Vibrating Homing Beacons

Photo by Shutterstock Imagine all the time you’ve wasted searching for your keys as your rush out the door. Sure there’s those beeper things you can attach to them to find…

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U.S. Military, USDA Exploring Eco-Friendlier Insect-Protective Gear

Photo by Shutterstock The US Department of Agriculture is at war – with insects and it’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Maryland is working hard to provide troops…

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Bandu: A Wristwatch That Tells You When to Take a Chill Pill

Your body exhibits signs of stress far before you may even realize you’re anxious, angry or upset. A new wrist-worn device by Boston-based Neumitra monitors your vital signs and…

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Real-Life Invisibility Cloak Claims to Make Soldiers Virtually Undetectable

A Canadian camouflage-design company claims to be developing a real-life invisibility cloak that causes its wearer to vanish in plain sight. Likening its “Quantum Stealth”…

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Flexible Fiber-Optic Solar Cell Paves Way for Energy-Generating Fabrics

Photo by Shutterstock An international team of scientists have developed the world’s first fiber-optic solar cell. Thinner than the width of a human hair and scalable to many…

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Could Vuzix's Smart "Eyepatch" Give Google Glass a Run for Its Money?

Google isn’t the only one trying to make smart glasses the next hot device trend. New York-based Vuzix has just unveiled a hands-free smart device that comes with an integrated…

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Asha Headscarves Promise Therapeutic Relief for Chemotherapy Patients

A Scottish textile company has developed a range of luxury headscarves designed to help cancer patients cope with the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. More than a way to conceal…

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M&S Uses Enzyme Technology to Keep Uniforms Looking Like New Longer

Affordable clothing doesn’t just mean price, but also durability. UK retailer, Marks & Spencer understand the value of a buck, and are turning to technology to make their school…

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Brainwave-Sensing Headband Lets Your Control Things With Your Mind

Science fiction is becoming reality with the new Muse Headband that monitors your brainwaves and eventually could be used to control things with your mind. Muse is the latest in…

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Invisibility Cloak Could Shield Ships, Oil Rigs From Rough Waves

Photo by Shutterstock An invisibility cloak would pretty much be the coolest piece of wearable technology ever. You could sneak around undetected, listen in on conversations you…

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Bionic Mannequins Could Be Secretly Profiling the Way You Shop

Photo by Shutterstock If you’ve ever suspected store mannequins of knowing more than they let on, it might not be just your imagination. An Italian company known as Almax has…

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