Wearable Technology

Google is Recruiting "Glass Explorers" to Test-Drive Its Headset

OKAY, GLASS Only 8,000 “bold, creative” individuals will make the first cut, according to Google. How bold and how creative, exactly? The video shows the Glass interface…

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Golden Tresses? You Can Now Dye Your Hair With Actual Gold

Photo by Shutterstock Looking to dye your lovely locks, but without the toxic chemicals? Well, you’re in luck because you could be dying your hair with gold someday. Though a…

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Swedish Scientists Create "Eco-Safe" Antibacterial Fiber

Photo by Shutterstock Bacteria is a problem, but antibiotic resistant bacteria is an even bigger problem. Now researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have…

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Brian Garret's Modular 3D-Printed Rings Make Changing Looks a Snap

Wish you could change your look as easily as you change your mind? Brian Garret’s three-dimensionally printed rings are the accessory you need. Each themed edition—choose from…

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New Biomimetic Fiber, Inspired by Pine Cones, Keeps You Dryer, Longer

Photo by Shutterstock A new textile developed in the UK can make your workout a little less sweaty. Called Inotek, the process amps up textiles’ ability to absorb sweat, in effect…

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Here's the Bluetooth-Enabled Handset Glove You Didn't Ask For

HOLD THE PHONE Produced by Hi Fun, an accessories firm based in Italy, the Hi Call features a tiny speaker in the thumb of the left glove and a mini-microphone in its pinkie. It’s…

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Machina's MIDI Controller Jacket Turns Your Body Into a Synthesizer

Anyone can sway to the rhythm of a catchy tune. But what if you could translate your body movements into actual music? That’s the idea behind Machina’s “MJ…

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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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