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How Machine Vision Is About to Change the Fashion World

How Machine Vision Is About to Change the Fashion World
In the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, the notorious fashion editor Miranda Priestly sizes up people at a glance by analyzing their clothes, who designed them, and what year they date from. Priestly’s character is famously inspired by Anna Wintour, the long standing editor-in-chief of Vogue, herself a style icon. –> But if a human can recognize and date fashion styles with little more than a glance, why not a machine? Chen and co begin by training their machine vision algorithm to identify an individual’s body pose in an image and then to divide the body into nine regions—the upper and lower arms and legs, and the torso. Comparing fashion styles then boils down to the relatively simple mathematical process of comparing these 72-dimension vectors. Next, they assemble two databases of photographs. Fashion week is a significant event in New York. To find out, Chen co use their machine vision algorithm to identify these trends and see how they influence street chic. Related:  Art and CultureArts & CultureTechnology

Future of Food Experience by Koz Susani Design Design Duo Koz Susani have been working on bringing a new food concept to life that would transform the culture of eating altogether. “Just add Water” is a set of appliances which connect to an app that answers the tells you what to eat for dinner, and then makes it for you. Taking into consideration basic facts from your day, like if you exercised or perhaps if you are recovering from a cold, it calculates the perfect meal. “Flavor pills,” tiny water-soluble pods filled with organic spices and nutritional supplements, get added to one of the appliances along with fresh produce and some water. “The ingredients and condiments are perfectly dosed, and the recipe is ‘contained’ inside the flavor pills,” explains Marco Susani from Koz Susani Design, the firm that created the new system. The flavor pills, which contain only a tiny amount of food and are packed using techniques from molecular gastronomy, can be shipped to consumers with little carbon footprint. www.kozsusanidesign.com

Zendaya Breaks Down The Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation how pop art influenced fashion Creative industries typically need each other to survive - art feeds on music, music feeds on art, fashion feeds on both and advertising eats everything it can get its mouth around. The bond between fashion and art is currently as strong as ever as evidenced everywhere from Prada's Spring/Summer 2014 commission of six graffiti artists, Bottega Veneta's work with Ryan McGinley and the modern-art-museum-worth of Louis Vuitton collaborations with artists like Yayoi Kusama to Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. This commercially fruitful partnership goes back to the first half of the 20th Century, when Salvador Dali placed a giant-sized lobster on a white Elsa Schiapparelli dinner dress. Speaking to Wayne Tunnicliffe, the charismatic curator of Sydney's Pop to Popism exhibition, he explains that the relationship has been intensifying ever since. Pop artists didn't only use fashion in their work they also used fashion designers. Yves Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol, 1974

Shop Jeen: teen site conquers social media but faces customer backlash | US news In a world where Tumblr stars, Snapchat phenoms, and aspiring Instagram models rack up the kind of online following that rivals traditional celebrities, Erin Yogasundram holds center court. Like other young people, Yogasundram has an Instagram feed peppered with selfies, memes, and close-up snaps of nail art. But unlike many 23-year-olds, her photos elicit responses like “My queen!,” “Why are you so perfect?” Yogasundram, a New York native, is the founder and CEO of the online boutique Shop Jeen. The site’s homepage feels like a dizzying combination of Tumblr gifs, 1990s nostalgia, and the incessant strobe lights in a dark karaoke room. Shop Jeen clearly isn’t for everyone (including all members of the population older than 20). Yogasundram created Shop Jeen in 2012 while she was a student at George Washington University. As a teenager, Yogasundram earned supplemental income by selling everything from celebrity autographs to Celine bags on eBay.

Are we addicted to technology? - BBC News Image copyright Thinkstock Just five minutes after meeting sleep and energy expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan in her central London clinic, she delivers some bad news. "You've got the classic pattern of someone who's in a fatigue cycle," she says. "You're running on survival energy. I'm turning into a dopamine junkie - the brain chemical associated with pleasure that is released when we are stimulated, whether that is by food, sex, excitement... or screen time. It sounds convincing. Dr Ramlakhan works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment team. Surely tiredness is a by-product of a busy modern life - children, work, hobbies etc - rather than that relaxing time spent watching Netflix in bed? "The thing many of my patients have in common is the fact that they are in front of screens all the time. "They go to bed but can't sleep, or fall asleep exhausted and wake up tired. He is now on the road to recovery - and hopes to return to his job.

Prosthetic Hand Lets Paralysed Man 'Feel' A prosthetic hand wired directly to the brain has allowed a paralysed man to "feel". It is the first time a person has been able to feel physical sensations through a prosthetic device. The technology is so advanced the 28-year-old man could even identify which mechanical finger was being gently touched. The system was designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part of the US Department of Defense. Programme manager Justin Sanchez said: "We've completed the circuit. Video: Aug: 3D-Printing Prosthetics "Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by thoughts are showing great promise, but without feedback from signals travelling back to the brain it can be difficult to achieve the level of control needed to perform precise movements. "By wiring a sense of touch from a mechanical hand directly into the brain, this work shows the potential for seamless bio-technological restoration of near-natural function." Video: Swipe: Robots And Prosthetics

‘Bionic model’ will strut down New York Fashion Week runway with prosthetic arm During fashion house FTL Moda’s New York Fashion Week show at Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall on Sunday, model Rebekah Marine will strut down the runway with one of the most unique accessories — a bionic arm. Philadelphia-based Marine, who was born without a right forearm, was fitted with an i-limb quantum earlier this year. The i-limb is one of the most advanced prostheses available, and with it, Marine has quickly become one of the most visible faces in a fashion world becoming increasingly more inclusive to models with disabilities. This will be Marine’s second time walking down a New York Fashion Week runway. Related: DARPA taps tech to build sophisticated artificial limbs for wounded veterans “I want people to realize uniqueness is beautiful,” Marine told FoxNews.com. For this show, Marine had months to prepare, and she said that she “couldn’t wait” to be walking the runway with other models, like Madeline Stuart who has Down syndrome, during FTL Moda’s show.

What NOT to Wear to London Fashion Week | PETA UK Five models stand with handbags dripping with “blood” to highlight why exotic skins have no place on the catwalk. The graphic protest on Bond Street, taking place the day before London Fashion Week gets into full swing, was a plea for fashion to be beautiful, not bloody. Tens of thousands of crocodiles, alligators, snakes, eels, kangaroos and other animals are killed for their skins every year. Often, they’re kept on crowded factory farms for their entire lives before being bludgeoned to death or skinned alive. A recent PETA exposé of farms that supply crocodile and alligator skins to Hermès-owned tanneries documented that alligators on one farm had their necks sawn open. Our message to designers, fashionistas and kind people everywhere is to steer clear of shoes and accessories that are stained with animals’ blood. Instead, opt for chic, ethical non-animal fabrics that are available from the many brands that have sworn off exotic skins – from Stella McCartney to Topshop.

High street retailers fight back against online rivals In 2000, a young marketing executive changed the face of British fashion retailing, founding Asos to sell cheap imitations of celebrities’ outfits. Last week Nick Robertson, the great-grandson of retailer Austin Reed, resigned as chief executive of the business, just as another shake-up of the industry is under way. The UK’s online retail market is large and growing. Its value increased 17 per cent in 2014 to £42bn, according to Euromonitor. But the growth of pure-play digital retailers is under threat as their marketplace becomes increasingly crowded. “The high street has fought back,” says retail analyst John Stevenson, of City stockbroker Peel Hunt. Large retail chains — such as John Lewis and Dixons Carphone — claim that using “bricks and clicks” together creates a better experience for customers. John Lewis makes 33 per cent of sales online, according to figures provided by the department store group. Still, many online retailers have struggled in recent months.

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