Ever since you got booed off your high-school talent show for a particularly breathy rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” you resigned your singing career and spared your friends the embarrassment of your voice at karaoke night. For bad singers who want to look good, there’s now a Berlin-based clothing line that creates personalized prints based on your vocal patterns, and sticks them on sweaters, sweatpants, and basics. A program on the website takes a sound recording and converts the frequencies into edgy, futuristic-looking binary codes. So people can now appreciate the sound of your voice … by being seen and not heard. [Fashioning Tech] Keep reading »
In case it was not apparent to you from the pink packaging on the Galaxy S Femme handset and the varied Aveda hand products, Samsung’s latest offering is for women. Why else would it come with an Aveda app that will help you find products to establish your skin care regimen already installed? It’s so helpful when companies market to your gender specifically so you don’t have to think for yourself about what you might like or not. [Engadget] Keep reading »
Confession: Some of us are guilty of wearing painted-on bikinis at some point during our wild and free college
days. (What, you mean you didn’t
once run around campus with a neon pink halter top painted on your boobs? Crap.) Anyhow, this video made us wish spray-on clothing had been around back in the day, because apparently it’s awesome and doesn’t make you at all look naked. The new development may sound weird—yes, it is literally clothing in a can—but the Silly String-like mix of plastic and fibers actually coats the skin artfully, and hardens to become a real piece of clothing you can put on and take off. After you’re finished wearing your creation, you can either launder it, or mix it with a solvent that allows you to re-spray it. This looks like too much fun. [BuzzFeed
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When we hear the term “innovative fabrics,” we don’t exactly think high fashion. More like utilitarian ugliness. So it’s surprising to find out that this kind of cute dress is made from a new super-fabric. At New Zealand Fashion Week, a company called AgResearch debuted designs made of a “high performance” wool which has anti-odor and antibacterial properties. Meaning, you wouldn’t have to wash your clothes as often. From our own perspective, we think, “Great! Now I can be even lazier than I already am—er, I mean, I can be more eco-conscious.” From the other side of things, however: being around someone who hasn’t washed their top after wearing it four times in a row? Kind of nasty. What do you think? [New Zealand Herald] Keep reading »
This dress, made from old computer wires, is by designer Tina Sparkles for the Keep Austin Beautiful Recycled Fashion Show. The “Project Runway” enthusiast in me thinks it looks awesome. But the practical side of me thinks constructing clothing that’s unwearable in the real world from repurposed “e-waste” isn’t really that green, considering how you are using resources like electricity while you make it. Sparkles calls the dress an “art project” and says it took her all summer to build. But lucky for us, she also has a book called Little Green Dresses with 50 far more practical patterns for re-used/recycled apparel. And if you’re interested in cutting back on your own “e-waste,” Sparkles offers more info on her website.
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For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal‘s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a senior editor at the technology blog TechCrunch, wrote a somewhat-snippy response called “Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men” that revealed both his frustration and defensiveness. Arrington’s position? If women aren’t becoming entreprenuers, it’s their own fault. In fact, women may have it easier launching startups, Arrington wrote, because everyone is so aware of the gender imbalance that the women may get preferential treatment. Keep reading »
Can you believe it? The “Jersey Shore” boys are not the celebs responsible for spreading the most viruses. That distinction actually goes to Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts and Jessica Biel.
We are talking about computer viruses, of course. Keep reading »
A new study done by the online dating site OKCupid found that women who have iPhones are getting laid way more than Blackberry or Android users. Even male users. On average, of the almost 10,000 people surveyed, the iPhone-toting ladies have an average of 12.3 sexual partners by age 30 while ladies using Blackberries have about 8.1 and Android gals have about 6.1. The male sex partner stats are respectively 10, 8.1, and 6. Wait, how is it that the ladies are getting laid more than the dudes? And even more importantly, when is AT&T going to end the monopoly so that we people, ahem, with other wireless services can get an iPhone and start scoring? [Fast Company] Keep reading »
The past year has produced a grab bag of weird technology-driven garments. (See: The iPad dress, the weather reporting gown, and the L.E.D. everything.) Now, reports the BBC, a company called CuteCircuit has created a dress that also doubles as a mobile phone. Due out in 2011, the M-Dress has an antenna in the hem and a microphone in the sleeve (how very CIA).
Now, if you will kindly excuse us, our dress is ringing. [BBC] Keep reading »