'Bionic' plants can detect explosives. Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector.
By embedding tiny tubes in the plants' leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and other buried munitions. Real-time information can then be wirelessly relayed to a handheld device. The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) work is published in the journal Nature Materials. Adobe Voco 'Photoshop-for-voice' causes concern. Image copyright Adobe A new application that promises to be the "Photoshop of speech" is raising ethical and security concerns.
Adobe unveiled Project Voco last week. The software makes it possible to take an audio recording and rapidly alter it to include words and phrases the original speaker never uttered, in what sounds like their voice. One expert warned that the tech could further undermine trust in journalism. Another said it could pose a security threat. However, the US software firm says it is taking action to address such risks. Voice manipulation. Local fashion show gives peek into the future of technology in fashion. With products like the Apple Watch and Fitbit, wearable technology has really caught on.
And a group in Redding is shining a spotlight on fashion industry locals who are making the future of fashion today. The Fashion Futures fashion show will highlight the impact technology is having on local fashion designers. Robin Fator owns Dark Pony Designs, a successful Etsy store where she sells clothes she designs and manufactures in Redding. “Everybody always says, ‘In Redding? You're doing that in Redding?’” Because of the Internet and social media, she's been able to share her designs with people from all around the world. “And I would say also about 30 percent of my business is international,” Fator said. Interactive Mirror Displays Add Visual Magic to New York Fashion Week. Offering a glimpse into the future of retail, interactive mirror displays are sharing the spotlight with the clothes, designers and models at the September 2016 New York Fashion Week, creating a unique set of tech-driven fashion experiences.
A pair of exclusive shows organized by FTL Moda, NYFW’s event production company, are using Samsung’s state-of-the-art interactive mirror displays as an integral part of the style events staged at midtown Manhattan’s Space 404. 5 ways technology drives tomorrow’s fashion. If you are an aspiring designer, then right now is the time and place to think about your future and career growth.
We are lucky to live in a city, where fashion is taken seriously and many initiatives are being taken to make Dubai a design hub and fashion capital of the world. Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), has announced their amazing new empowerment program EPIC. A platform that tackles business development challenges faced by fashion designers in the MENA region through a series of initiatives.
In collaboration with Samsung Electronics MENA, endorsed by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3), EPIC will deliver a calendar of regional and international events, workshops, sponsorship opportunities, influencer and scholarship programs that are perfect for a budding designer. 1.
Fashion, Tech Finally Sync Up at NYFW - Consumer Electronics Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons. There is no surer sign of fall than New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
Unfortunately, it's not quite sweater weather in the Big Apple; fashion types are instead dealing with sweltering temperatures. But whether you plan to sweat it out with them or watch the collections online from your air conditioned apartment, technology is your best accessory. What to Wearable This might be the first fashion week where attendees will be wearing some technology because they want to and not just because they're following the pack. Wearables are now attractive enough to get into shows, if not sit in the front row. The Fitbit Flex 2%displayPrice% at %seller%, for example, can slip into a sleek bracelet or a sliver of a pendant to track all that time spent running in heels between shows. Ahead of this week's Apple Watch Series 2%displayPrice% at %seller% launch, Michael Kors revealed its new wearable tech line, Michael Kors Access. As the iPhone 7 shows, technology has become part of the fashion industry. It’s only fashion, darling.
And yet you’d never know it from the fuss this week over the BBC’s latest fly-on-the-wall documentary series, set inside the offices of Vogue magazine. The big headline-grabbing revelation so far is – wait for it – that the magazine’s American and British editors occasionally fight with each other over who gets the hot cover model. Imagine: two very senior managers at the same company turning out to be slightly competitive with each other! Why, these “bitchy, backstabbing and bonkers” fashion mags (thank you, the Sun) are truly not as other workplaces. But of course the point is that both senior managers concerned are ladies, not to mention working in an inherently comedy female world of hemlines and heels, and so – well, catfight klaxon!
It’s a shame, because beneath the froth is the makings of an interesting argument here about obsolescence and profit. The whispering insinuation is that failing to keep up is shaming if you’re young, ageing if you’re not. Can tech give the fashion industry a sustainability makeover? - live chat. Technology is revolutionising the way we use and relate to clothes.
Last year, Google and Levi’s announced they were partnering on Project Jacquard to develop a fabric that can send commands to your smartphone via gestures like tapping or swiping. Ralph Lauren already offers a t shirt for a cool $295 (£210) that sends workout data to an iPhone, and Lady Gaga has brought 3D printing to the red carpet. But beyond the super hi-tech, others are working on merging technology and fashion to address environmental concerns. Behind the catwalk supermodels and glossy magazine covers lies a seriously resource-intensive industry with heavy impacts. The fashion industry has been linked to pollution of streams and rivers with hazardous chemicals leaked from factories and is a contributor to bulging landfills.
Some companies are already confronting these problems. Other companies are turning their attention to advancing eco-friendly dye technology. Join the discussion.