'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. The scientists implanted nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (tiny cylinders of carbon) into the leaves of the spinach plant. They then delivered the nitro-aromatics into the water taken up by the roots and directly to the leaves in droplets. It takes about 10 minutes for the spinach to take up the water via the roots into the leaves.
To read the signal, the researchers shine a laser onto the leaf, prompting the embedded nanotubes to emit near-infrared fluorescent light. Image copyright Min Hao Wong. 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 At a live demo in San Diego on Thursday, Adobe took a digitised recording of a man saying "and I kissed my dogs and my wife" and changed it to say "and I kissed Jordan three times". The edit took seconds and simply involved the operator overtyping a transcript of the speech and then pressing a button to create the synthesised voice track. "We have already revolutionised photo editing. ID checks Image copyright Thinkstock Watermark checks. Local fashion show gives peek into the future of technology in fashion | Action News Now. 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?’”
She said. 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. She's been so successful, she's written a book to teach other women how to start their own online Etsy stores and will be giving a presentation on technology in fashion at the Fashion Futures fashion show in Redding Friday. 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. Samsung is a presenting sponsor of the event, which is built around a theme of fashion and technology. Elevating the In-Store Shopping Experience Shoppers know mirrors are essential for trying on new clothes in order to scrutinize how they look, hang and fit.
Samsung’s mirror displays bring a sense of magic to traditional retail mirrors by embedding LCD screen layers right in the mirror glass — so what seems like a normal mirror also functions as a product showcase and handy tool for shoppers. 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.
There is absolutely no doubt, that the use of technology is an essential tool for designers to be able to spot and determine the trends of the fashion industry. 2. 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. Caffeine won't help if you don't have a ticket to the show. As the iPhone 7 shows, technology has become part of the fashion industry | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion. 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 | Guardian Sustainable Business. 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 Panel Leave a question now.