Clothing

Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus smart jacket for cyclists has built-in LED turn signals

Lumenus, an LA-based company, has introduced a smart jacket for cyclists that is designed specifically to keep them safe — and not just in terms of preventing road rash. The smart jacket features integrated LED lights in strategic places that light up for extra visibility and function as blinking turn signals, alerting nearby drivers of your intention to turn and, at night, the fact that you're on the road with them.

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Intel’s Curie tech powers cooling vents in sports bra

Intel’s Curie tech powers cooling vents in sports bra

Sports bras are designed to keep things comfortable during activities while still, you know, offering support where support is needed. The compromise between the two means things can get a little uncomfortable at times, particularly when it comes to the ventilation issue. Women of the future may not experience such troubles, though, as Chromat has shown off the prototype of a sports bra that uses Intel technology to open vents when things get warm.

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Chewbacca Crocs unveiled ahead of new Star Wars movie

Chewbacca Crocs unveiled ahead of new Star Wars movie

Items modeled after Star Wars characters are nothing new, and we've seen the number of gadgets grow as the next movie's premiere grows nearer (not that there was ever a shortage of such items). The newest one to surface is a bit of a misstep, though, at least if your fashion sense has reached the adult level: Chewbacca-themed Crocs. Yes, Crocs still exist, and these ones are toeing the line crossed by fuzzy Ugg boots, only with a side order of spongy and hole-filled foam.

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Mars One project inspires clothing line, is still ill-fated

Mars One project inspires clothing line, is still ill-fated

Mars One inspired a lot of people when it first entered the public eye. Thousands of applicants volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Almost immediately, though, critics began pointing out big problems with the proposed plan, and soon after the applicants themselves began raising issues. The dream is still alive despite this, and the company is still pushing on, still insisting that its plan is possible. Spawning from the project is an upcoming line of clothing that will be revealed at the upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show.

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Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

For the first time in the 98 years since the Chuck Taylor shoe was released, Converse has issued a redesign. This is the Chuck Taylor II, complete with NIKE technology inside. Not so much technology as cushioning. Not so much a redesign as an addition of a long-bemoaned missing part of the equation: comfort. This version of the shoe isn't as bare and minimal as its predecessor. This version of the shoe wont result in aching feet and a less-than-optimal jump shot when you've been out on the court for more than 5-minutes.

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BauBax Jacket has all the hidden features you need for travel

BauBax Jacket has all the hidden features you need for travel

In a few months, a horde of people will be clustering in airports and terminals to travel to their families for that annual dinner and majority of those dread the idea of the journey. Especially the packing. Wouldn't it be great if you had everything that you need to be in arm's reach really be in arm's reach? Wouldn't it be nice to have all of those and yet still look classy? That's exactly the promise of these BauBax Jackets that are filled with pockets and hidden features for everything you might need when you travel. And maybe even some that you don't.

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Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi collaborates with shoe brand TOMS to give shoes to new car consumers and 55,000 children in need. The company is working with TOMS to present a special edition pair of shoes with the Audi logo inside, giving them away between June 3rd and August 4th to customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle. These limited-edition TOMS are made in a classic style - the Alpargata - in Men's, Women's, Youth, and Tiny TOMS sizes. Sound like your kind of deal?

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Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google's ATAP team promised to blow our socks off at I/O 2015, and Project Jacquard is how it plans to do that, a new conductive fabric that can track touch. Intended to bring new types of sensing and control to clothes, furnishings, and other areas which might not normally be electronically connected. And, while we've seen conductive threads woven through materials before, Project Jacquard goes further than most, including a partnership with one of the biggest names in fashion.

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Drumi cleans clothes with no power and little water

Drumi cleans clothes with no power and little water

In most homes, a significant amount of water and electricity is allotted to operating washing machines and drying clothes. That's all fine and good in areas where there is plenty of water and reliable electricity. For people who want to go green and reduce electricity use while saving water, cleaning clothes can be done with an interesting new device called the Drumi.

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Kanye West “YEEZY BOOST” sneakers released in technical video

Kanye West “YEEZY BOOST” sneakers released in technical video

If you though a pair of sneakers could never warrant a nationwide live video event hosted by an international pop star, you were wrong. Kanye West has just run an event just like that - with live feeds being sent to theaters in several cities across the United States. And the subject matter - they're not embedded with Bluetooth, nor are they able to check your steps. They are, on the other hand, designed by and endorsed by Kanye West himself. For many consumers, that's more than enough reason to want a pair or two or three.

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Sartorial robots sew fashion and robotics together

Sartorial robots sew fashion and robotics together

Move over self-lacing shoes. While you're still bidding your time to fulfill childhood dreams, a fleet of these tiny robots might already be busy zipping up clothes. Adam Whiton from MIT's Personal Robots Group is introducing a new kind of robot, one that does not fly, does not clean, and does not cuddle. These "sartorial robots" have one purpose and one purpose only, to give a more human appeal to robots by incorporating them into one of the most human pursuits of all: clothing.

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