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Month: December 2014

Google X’s Astro Teller Says Wearables Still Need A Killer App

Back in November, I had a chance to visit Google’s Mountain View headquarters to chat with Astro Teller, the head of Google X’s so-called “moonshot” projects, about the past, present, and future of wearables. I opened the interview with a blunt question: “Which do you want to talk about first, the wrist or glasses?” He immediately called me out: “That presupposes that the only interesting things we’re working on are watches and glasses.” Teller made it clear that just because Android Wear and Google Glass are prominent in Google’s public efforts, they’re not the only thing the search giant is looking at when it thinks of putting gadgets on our bodies. “[Humans] have spent that last several thousand years working on wearbles. We’ve got rings, glasses, we wear things for armor, for protection from the elements, to signal our status to other people. And we’re going to co-opt a lot of those things, where wearables are going to end up being the interface between us in the world,” he told me during our 30 minute chat. One  interesting line of research Google has looked at includes using rings to “train” our brains for things like navigation using slight vibrations whenever you face a certain direction. I see the current wearables ecosystem as a spectrum. At one end, there’s single-purpose gadgets that are essentially pedometers, heart rate trackers, and blood-oxygen...

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Dssent 2014 Fall/Winter “Cityscape” Lookbook

Having outgrown its billing as merely a local Taiwanese brand, Dssent only seems to get better with time. The burgeoning headwear brand finally presents its Fall/Winter 2014 collection via a new lookbook – dubbed “Cityscape.” The photoset charts the day in the life of a polymath as he ventures from the studio to the waterfront, accenting each look with distinctive headwear. Highlights here include the use of materials such as rigid denim, wool and suede to ensure that each piece molds to the wearer’s head – telling its own story as time goes on. Enjoy the lookbook above, then head over here to peruse the brand’s retailers in your area. Article source:...

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nanamica 2015 Spring Lookbook

A favorite of industry authorities and retailers alike, Japanese brand nanamica continues to impress. Just ahead of the new year, the dapper technical apparel brand submits its looks for Spring/Summer 2015. Staying consistent with its neutral color palette, the brand presents a selection of button-ups, jackets, T-shirts and trousers – many of which are consciously imbued with supreme weather-resistant materials (GORE-TEX, anyone?) to underline their functional use. Enjoy a look at the forthcoming goods here, and look for nanamica’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection at select retailers soon. Article source:...

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The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts

A whole wing of the Internet just got added to our collective conscience, like websites by Google or knowledge by Wikipedia before it.  Yet the news cruised by with analysis focused simply on what Facebook’s new keyword post search does today. Yes, any post by you or any of your friends can now be dug up with a quick search from mobile. But I don’t think people realize how big a deal it is for tomorrow. Facebook just went from data rich to Scrooge-McDuck-swimming-in-a-tower-full-of data rich. The ramifications for advertising, developers, and Facebook itself are tough to fathom. Our most vivid doppelgänger, our digital echoes can now be tracked. They don’t just say who we were, but where we’re headed, and what we’ll want next. First, the trillion post index gives us group memory.Each person can only search stories from their friends and surrounding network, but Mark Zuckerberg recently said those all add up to over 1 trillion posts. If your friends put their lives on Facebook, you can now remember them too. You could say these are just faded snapshots, nowhere near the real thing, but how much of our own lives do we forget completely? Search yourself and almost any word, and you’ll likely discover scenes from your own past that you didn’t find worth saving locally. If we know existence is too rich for us to record everything...

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