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Be your own light show in app-controlled CuteCircuit clubwear

CuteCircuits latest fashion line reminds us that wearable technology doesnt have to sacrifice beauty.

CuteCircuit’s latest fashion line reminds us that wearable technology doesn’t have to sacrifice beauty.


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CuteCircuit )

London-based designers Ryan Genz and Francesca Rosella create clothes worthy of sci-fi fashionistas. Their latest CuteCircuit collection, which debuted at this year’s New York Fashion Week, features miniskirts, jackets, dresses, and accessories with LED-lit designs controlled by an iPhone app.

“We’re trying to bring a new dimension, to have everything be controlled by iPhone or a smartphone of some kind, so there’s some way users wearing interactive garments have really cool ways to control what they’re wearing,” Genz explained behind the scenes of CuteCircuit’s fashion show.

During CuteCircuit’s New York Fashion Week show, models using smartphone apps controlled when lit messages, designs, and animations were displayed across miniskirts, shirts, dresses, jackets, and various accessories they wore.

“Many years ago people would put on sequins because they wanted their clothes to sparkle, and there’s times you don’t want your clothes to sparkle, but if you can make them interactive you can make them sparkle when you want them to,” Genz said in the backstage video.

CuteCircuit is well-known for its fashion-meets-tech creations, including Katy Perry’s MET Gala silk chiffon gown adorned with 3,000 colorful lights, and Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger’s Twitter Dress, which displays tweets in real time.

We managed to make the technology invisible, so invisible that not even the models realized they were wearing technology until they turned it on using their phone app, the CuteCircuit site revealed.

“We managed to make the technology invisible, so invisible that not even the models realized they were wearing technology until they turned it on using their phone app,” says the CuteCircuit site.


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Theodoros Chliapas/CuteCircuit)

“At CuteCircuit we believe that wearable technology is not a gadget strapped to your wrist,” CuteCircuit’s Web site states. “A piece of wearable technology should be a beautiful garment that allows the human body to become an interface, a sort of second skin, that can connect us to people and places, even faraway and remote ones.”

It’s this desire to connect people that inspired CuteCircuit to design interactive clothes that send messages to wearers at a great distance with its HugShirt. This unusual garment is embedded with sensors that “feel the strength of the touch, the skin warmth and the heartbeat rate of the sender, and actuators that recreate the sensation of touch, warmth, and emotion of the hug to the shirt of the distant loved one,” CuteCircuit claims.

As a Bluetooth accessory for a Java-enabled mobile phone, all the data from the HugShirt is transmitted from the sensors to the phone. “Sending hugs is as easy as sending an SMS and you will be able to send hugs while you are on the move, in the same way and to the same places you are able to make phone calls,” the CuteCircuit site promises.

The integration of telecommunication technology and social media enhances the wearer's experience of their garments and how they relate to other people, CuteCircuit says on its Web site.

“The integration of telecommunication technology and social media enhances the wearer’s experience of their garments and how they relate to other people,” CuteCircuit says on its Web site.


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Theodoros Chliapas/CuteCircuit)

While the concepts of CuteCircuit’s clothes may sound gimmicky, wearabilty and a high-fashion look are still a priority of the line’s designers.

“Integrating fashion and technology is not an easy thing to do and you’ll still find people that think we send a garment out with a gigantic
car battery and thick electric wires inside,” CuteCircuit explains on its Web site. “This is not the case fortunately. The fabrics we develop are as thin as other fabrics and as comfortable, the batteries are microscopic (like a 50-cent coin for example), the only difference between a CuteCircuit garment and other garments is that CuteCircuit’s garments bring magic and fun into your wardrobe.”

(Via Fast Company)

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Branson on Galactic: We can’t afford to kill Tom Hanks or Angelina Jolie

February 24th, 2014 No comments

Virgin’s Spaceship 2 preparing for its latest test flight in January.


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Virgin Galactic/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

When you’re the first to try something, you know that it comes with inherent risks.

If that something is flying people into outer space in an entirely new machine, those risks are rather high.

For a while, it seemed that Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was a breezy, pioneering idea that was as much about entertainment, as about space.

Indeed, renowned Hollywood g-forces like Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, and Ashton Kutcher signed up very quickly.

Justin Bieber, too, thought it would be fun to get a little higher.

Wiser heads, though, like William Shatner demurred. Captain Kirk offered that he needed to be paid in order to undergo such an enterprising venture.

Now Branson himself has admitted that perhaps the biggest challenge facing the project is to ensure that no one dies.

He told the Guardian’s Jon Ronson:

The biggest worry I had was re-entry. NASA has lost about 3% of everyone who’sgone into space, and re-entry has been their biggest problem. For a government-owned company, you can just about get away with losing 3% of your clients. For a private company you can’t really lose anybody.

It’s a chillingly businesslike concept to declare that a 3 percent death rate is an acceptable margin of error for a government, but not for a private entity.

But it would, indeed, be something of a commercial killer if the inaugural flight (or those after it) incurred fatalities.

Branson, who insists that he and his children will be on the first flight, has put his faith in a design created by Burt Rutan.

The Virgin head described it like this: “Burt Rutan’s idea was to turn a spaceship into a giant shuttlecock. And so the pilot could be sound asleep on re-entry and it didn’t matter what angle it hit coming back into the Earth’s atmosphere.”

I’m not sure I’d be entirely comfortable about falling out of space with a sound-asleep pilot, but some are more confident of science’s powers than others.

Virgin’s SS2 hasn’t yet managed to go the full 62 miles high, despite a promise to launch in the fall. And, as the Daily Mail reports, critics suggest that it still needs considerable redesigning before it will get the FAA’s approval.

When your customers are paying $200,000 for a flight up there, your first priority must surely be at least bringing them back down here.

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‘Sherlock’ Lego set: 221B Baker St. tribute in bricks

February 4th, 2014 No comments

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson minifigs could be solving mysteries in this proposed Sherlock Lego set under review.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson minifigs could be solving mysteries in this proposed “Sherlock” Lego set under review.


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Lego)

The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies — as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. — might end up a legitimate Lego set.

The “Sherlock” Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name “Flailx,” is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers — along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the “Back to the Future” DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture — submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.

The suggested “Sherlock” minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty.

Villain Jim Moriarty, D.I. Greg Lestrade, landlady Mrs. Hudson, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper and brother Mycroft Holmes minifigs proposed for the Sherlock Lego set.

Villain Jim Moriarty, D.I. Greg Lestrade, landlady Mrs. Hudson, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, and brother Mycroft Holmes minifigs proposed for the “Sherlock” Lego set.


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Lego)

“The set was designed with the adult collector and fan of the show in mind, and so accuracy in matching the set was a priority,” Flailx wrote in the description. “There are a number of building techniques employed throughout the set, and I believe it would be an enjoyable build.”

The set has two possible different styles. The smaller version of the 221B Baker St. consulting room includes Watson and Sherlock’s comfy chairs, a fireplace with a skull on the mantle, Sherlock’s desk, the quintessential teapot, and a hat rack with the famous deerstalker hat. There’s even the bison skull mounted to the wall with headphones hanging from it.

A more expanded version of the consulting room includes everything in the smaller version, with the addition of Sherlock’s couch, Union Jack pillow, lamps, a coffee table, an end table, a bowl of fruit, the iconic fleur de lys motif wallpaper (in sticker form), and a skull art print by John Pinkerton. The full set would use 450 Lego pieces.

Since the “Sherlock” Lego set gained more than 10,000 supporters, the project moves into the review stage, where a board comprised of Lego designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the design. The team then builds concept models to decide if the design meets the high standards it takes to make a Lego product, such as playability, safety, and fit with the company brand.

“The review is a thorough process from its start and can take several months,” the Lego CUUSOO team page stated. “When finished, we make a ‘go/no go’ decision to develop and sell a product based on the ‘Sherlock’ concept.”

Here’s hoping the “Sherlock” Lego set becomes a real set and isn’t destined to only become a fan dream to store away in our Mind Palace.

Sherlock and Watson will feel right at home in this replica of their 221B Baker home recreated in Lego.

Sherlock and Watson will feel right at home in this replica of their 221B Baker home recreated in Lego.


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Lego)

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‘Sherlock’ Lego set: 221B Baker St. tribute in bricks

February 4th, 2014 No comments

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson minifigs could be solving mysteries in this proposed Sherlock Lego set under review.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson minifigs could be solving mysteries in this proposed “Sherlock” Lego set under review.


(Credit:
Lego)

The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friends, family, colleagues, and enemies — as well as the legendary locale of their home at 221B Baker St. — might end up a legitimate Lego set.

The “Sherlock” Lego set, created by a Lego enthusiast who goes by the name “Flailx,” is one of six Winter Lego Review qualifiers — along with sets for Macross VF-1 Valkyrie; Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter; The Adventure Time Project; the “Back to the Future” DeLorean; and Japanese Old Style Architecture — submitted on the Lego CUUSOO site, where Lego fans share their concepts for a chance at seeing them created.

The suggested “Sherlock” minifigs include Sherlock Holmes, his best friend Dr. Watson, their landlady Mrs. Hudson, D.I. Greg Lestrade, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, and villain Jim Moriarty.

Villain Jim Moriarty, D.I. Greg Lestrade, landlady Mrs. Hudson, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper and brother Mycroft Holmes minifigs proposed for the Sherlock Lego set.

Villain Jim Moriarty, D.I. Greg Lestrade, landlady Mrs. Hudson, forensic pathologist Molly Hooper, and brother Mycroft Holmes minifigs proposed for the “Sherlock” Lego set.


(Credit:
Lego)

“The set was designed with the adult collector and fan of the show in mind, and so accuracy in matching the set was a priority,” Flailx wrote in the description. “There are a number of building techniques employed throughout the set, and I believe it would be an enjoyable build.”

The set has two possible different styles. The smaller version of the 221B Baker St. consulting room includes Watson and Sherlock’s comfy chairs, a fireplace with a skull on the mantle, Sherlock’s desk, the quintessential teapot, and a hat rack with the famous deerstalker hat. There’s even the bison skull mounted to the wall with headphones hanging from it.

A more expanded version of the consulting room includes everything in the smaller version, with the addition of Sherlock’s couch, Union Jack pillow, lamps, a coffee table, an end table, a bowl of fruit, the iconic fleur de lys motif wallpaper (in sticker form), and a skull art print by John Pinkerton. The full set would use 450 Lego pieces.

Since the “Sherlock” Lego set gained more than 10,000 supporters, the project moves into the review stage, where a board comprised of Lego designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the design. The team then builds concept models to decide if the design meets the high standards it takes to make a Lego product, such as playability, safety, and fit with the company brand.

“The review is a thorough process from its start and can take several months,” the Lego CUUSOO team page stated. “When finished, we make a ‘go/no go’ decision to develop and sell a product based on the ‘Sherlock’ concept.”

Here’s hoping the “Sherlock” Lego set becomes a real set and isn’t destined to only become a fan dream to store away in our Mind Palace.

Sherlock and Watson will feel right at home in this replica of their 221B Baker home recreated in Lego.

Sherlock and Watson will feel right at home in this replica of their 221B Baker home recreated in Lego.


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Lego)

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Friday Poll: How concerned are you about Net neutrality?

January 17th, 2014 No comments

Internet clip art

Net neutrality took a punch to the gut this past week when a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s rules related to how broadband providers manage network traffic. The rules notably prevented providers from discriminating against certain types of traffic. For example, the rules would keep a provider from throttling Netflix speeds in order to promote its own competing streaming video service.

This could potentially create a bit of a Wild West feel on the Internet, with providers charging access fees or priority fees to insure companies like Netflix or Amazon can reach their customers seamlessly. There are a lot of “ifs” here, but mostly we’ll have to wait and see what the broadband providers choose to do with their new-found power.

I’ve talked to people who read about the decision, but then just shrug their shoulders and go on, not giving it a second thought. Other people are plenty upset, leading to comments like CNET reader ajsebas writing, “This is utterly shocking and outrageous.”

It could be awhile before end users notice any impact from the ruling. It may be hard to convince the general public to care too much unless it starts to show up in terms of higher prices for Internet-delivered services like streaming video.

If you want to get grounded in what the ruling means for you and why should care, read up CNET’s breakdown of why it matters.

The battle for Net neutrality isn’t necessarily over. The FCC might appeal the decision, or come up with a new set of regulations that address the basis for the court’s ruling. Considering the current state of things, how concerned are you about Net neutrality? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

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Lost Dogecoins: Cryptocurrency goes missing

December 27th, 2013 No comments

Meet the Shiba Inu mascot of Dogecoin.

Meet the Shiba Inu mascot of Dogecoin.


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Dogecoin)

When you name a cryptocurrency Dogecoin in honor of a dog meme originated by Internet comedy pioneers Homestar Runner, it’s a hard thing to take seriously.

But Dogecoin, with its Shiba Inu/Comic Sans meme mascot, is a legit currency competitor to Bitcoin, even with its price fluctuations. So when a user posted on the Doges.org forums that Dogewallet (a coin storage service) was hacked, many were worried that their virtual investments were also lost.

“Looks like somebody hacked and cleared my Dogewallet some minutes ago with a single transaction, I lost more than 1M!” a user named Theoz posted.

“I spent a various amount of time to get those Dogecoins,” another user by the name of Doger33 posted. “How is this even happening? My Password is more than safe… What can we do about it?”

Dogewallet reacted quickly by shutting down its site, and its Facebook presence. It also posted on Reddit.com an update regarding the hack: “We’re currently looking at logs and have found thousands of attempts to hack our systems. All invested user balances will be fully compensated.”

Damage control also included spreading the word about getting refunds to affected users. “Refunding users is our priority because we too want to see Dogecoin grow, not only because it’s backed by the best community of any digital currency, but because it also has the greatest potential to completely overtake and topple Bitcoin,” Dogewallet told Techcrunch. “This is exemplified by the community reaching out to help create a system for refunding affected users of Dogewallet just moments after the incident.”

Currently, each Dogecoin is worth around $0.000554, and with over 30 million coins missing, that’s a decent chunk of change — upwards of $16,000.

Some users are concerned the incident wasn’t a hack but instead an elaborate scam. However for those who lost more than just faith in Dogewallet and Dogecoin, there is a fundraiser to help reimburse victims, proving in this Dogecoin-eat-Dogecoin world, there’s still hope.

(Source: Buzzfeed)

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Woman falls into bay while browsing Facebook

December 18th, 2013 No comments

She fell somewhere in there.


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Fairfax Media Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

“She wasn’t splashing around too much.”

With these words, Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the Melbourne (Australia) Water Police offered his description of a woman who had walked straight off the St. Kilda Pier and fallen into the water.

“She was just floating, really,” he explained.

Perhaps she was in shock. Or perhaps her priority was to make sure that her phone was fine and that she hadn’t missed anything in her News Feed.

Before she’d made her splashing exit from dry land, this Taiwanese woman, said to be in her mid-20s, had been glued to Facebook.

Senior Constable Kelly told The Age that the woman couldn’t swim but floated on her back.

She was in the water for around 20 minutes and was extremely apologetic when she emerged. She was lucky that a passer-by had alerted the authorities, as this all happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday local time.

You’ll be worried about her phone, though. Well, the police said that she clutched it throughout and it appeared to be doing fine.

She’s merely the latest in what is now a very long line of people who have fallen in the water while being far too engrossed in their phones.

From the woman who fell into a mall fountain to the one who fell into Lake Michigan, all claimed to have been far too involved in their telephonic life.

Please don’t ask if there’s any hope for civilization. You already know the answer to that.

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DICE projects put on hold until Battlefield 4 is fixed

December 5th, 2013 No comments

DICE projects put on hold until Battlefield 4 is fixed

The Battlefield 4 launch was mired by crashes, instability and a DDOS attack thrown in for good measure.


DICE has put the breaks on the development of all Battlefield 4 downloadable content and future projects while it fixes issues with Battlefield 4 itself.

Battlefield 4 has had a rocky launch with the game plagued by crashes and instability, further fuelled by a denial of service attack which hit it servers around its release.

This halt on further development has however been announced after the game’s first expansion, China Rising, has already been launched. The downloadable content launched yesterday and problems affecting Battlefield 4 at launch were still evident for many players.

‘We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our no. 1 priority,’ an EA spokesperson told Polygon. ‘The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game.’

‘We know many of our players are frustrated and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right,’ they added.

To try and placate its players, EA did run a double XP promotion from November 28 through to today and will be giving all players that log in to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer a free pistol scope which had previously only been reserved for DICE developers.

Updates on the game and fixes that are implemented will be posted to the Battlefield 4 Control Room site.

The freeze on other projects from DICE until the Battlefield 4 issues are fixed will also affect development on the new Star Wars: Battlefront reboot that the developer is working on.

Battlefield 4 was released at the end of October and is one of the launch titles for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

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DICE projects put on hold until Battlefield 4 is fixed

December 5th, 2013 No comments

DICE projects put on hold until Battlefield 4 is fixed

The Battlefield 4 launch was mired by crashes, instability and a DDOS attack thrown in for good measure.


DICE has put the breaks on the development of all Battlefield 4 downloadable content and future projects while it fixes issues with Battlefield 4 itself.

Battlefield 4 has had a rocky launch with the game plagued by crashes and instability, further fuelled by a denial of service attack which hit it servers around its release.

This halt on further development has however been announced after the game’s first expansion, China Rising, has already been launched. The downloadable content launched yesterday and problems affecting Battlefield 4 at launch were still evident for many players.

‘We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our no. 1 priority,’ an EA spokesperson told Polygon. ‘The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game.’

‘We know many of our players are frustrated and we feel their pain. We will not stop until this is right,’ they added.

To try and placate its players, EA did run a double XP promotion from November 28 through to today and will be giving all players that log in to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer a free pistol scope which had previously only been reserved for DICE developers.

Updates on the game and fixes that are implemented will be posted to the Battlefield 4 Control Room site.

The freeze on other projects from DICE until the Battlefield 4 issues are fixed will also affect development on the new Star Wars: Battlefront reboot that the developer is working on.

Battlefield 4 was released at the end of October and is one of the launch titles for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

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HTC One Max: Cover removable, but not battery. Why?

October 15th, 2013 No comments

It’s like HTC is taunting us with the One Max.

The One Max is the company’s latest product and a super-sized addition to HTC’s aluminum-clad smartphone family.

Beyond the 5.9-inch display and fingerprint sensor, the biggest difference in the One Max is the removable back. Somehow, the company was able to keep the all-metal body but allow users to pry off the back, allowing for the addition of a micro-SD card for expanded memory. Unfortunately, users still aren’t able to swap out the battery, which remains sealed up.

The lack of a removable battery represents one of the biggest blown opportunities for the HTC One Max. The company was this close to balancing the fine line between design aesthetics and usability. It was able to offer the metal back cover, but also the option to remove it. While the expandable memory is welcome, many more users would have greatly appreciated the ability to replace a dying battery with a spare one.

Samsung Electronics and LG, for instance, have opted for plastic removable covers in past flagship devices because they say their users require the ability to swap out their batteries. LG told CNET that one of the biggest complaints it had received from the Optimus G was the sealed up body.

When removing the back cover, there’s a rectangular area in the back that actually looks like a battery — even though it isn’t. An HTC representative told CNET that the unique architecture of the device — in which the battery is right behind the display and then the processor and other components are right behind the battery — make it impossible for the battery to be replaceable. The One Max rocks a large 3,300 mAh battery, which HTC said should be hefty enough to get through a workday.

HTC opted to stick with the same design architecture of the HTC One, preserving the aesthetic appeal of its original flagship phone, the representative said. He added that the option for expandable memory via a micro-SD card slot was a higher priority than a removable battery.

Perhaps HTC will get it right with the next flagship phone. Rivals such as Samsung and LG must certainly be looking at the One Max’s removable metal cover as a design cue as for future high-end phones.

For now, though, it’s a cruel tease to be able to open that back cover and not be able to do anything about a dying battery.

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