2017 has been a busy year for established brands like Adidas and startups like LOOMIA who have been boldly embracing next-gen technology. Coming up with fantastic tech products, the FashNerd team has picked ten inventions, out of the many, that had us at “wow” in 2017.
SMART GLASSES: Developed by eSight
Who knew that one day the legally blind would have access to electronic glasses that let them actually see, eSight did. As the largest R&D centre, eSight is dedicated to wearable technology for blindness. All about being mobile and independent, eSight is a versatile, wearable, hands-free solution that provides sight, without the need for any surgery. It has helped individuals who live with a variety of visual impairments and can be used for virtually all Activities of Daily Living.
A sophisticated breakthrough in electronic glasses, this life-changing technology comes with a personalised eSight Coach and Ambassador to help you get comfortable with the device. With eSight, the legally blind can read this fine print, even if you are legally blind or living with vision loss.
BABY TECH: Developed by Bempu
Motivated by the fact that 4% of the world’s children die before their 5th birthday, and many of those surviving experience long-term health injuries, Bempu is a wearable designed to empower parents to manage their newborn’s health better.
‘Tiny in size, mighty in effect’, BEMPU is a bracelet that detects hypothermia early and alerts the mother with an intuitive audio-visual alarm. This enables the mother to perform Kangaroo Care thereby preventing hypothermia-related injury or death.
SMART FASHION TECH: Developed by Start Today
With innovation at the forefront, the Zozosuit is a skin-hugging hi-tech bodysuit offering precise measurements. Start Today has developed proprietary algorithms that utilise machine learning to process its growing database of body data. These algorithms handle tens of thousands of measurements in minutes to match customers with ZOZO clothing that is perfectly sized to their unique body. With the ZOZOSUIT and ZOZO collection, shoppers will never again have to debate which size to select or struggle with common fit issues.
Capable of capturing 15,000 precise measurements,” the unisex suit has sensors that go from neck to ankles. Using Bluetooth, the bodysuit syncs with the Zozo shopping app so it can upload your measurements to your profile. Once this is done, customers can shop the ZOZO collection, men’s and women’s high-quality basics including denim, t-shirts and coats, in the world’s first size-free e-commerce experience.The main advantage is that when you are ordering clothes, you no longer need to select a size because Zozo already knows what size you require.
SUSTAINABILITY TECH: Developed by Greenwave
GreenWave are farms that sit below the surface. Supporting a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators, they are all working to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, build a blue-green economy and grow healthy food for local communities.
3D ocean farming involves a polyculture vertical farming system that grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish with zero inputs. This is what makes it the most sustainable form of food production on the planet – while sequestering carbon and rebuilding reef ecosystems. Since our farms sit below the surface and leverage the entire water column, they produce high yields with a small footprint. Our crops are used as food, fertiliser, animal feed and more. And, our farms are open source: anyone with 20 acres, a boat, and $20,000 can be up and running within one year.
HEALTH TECH: Developed by Molekule
Air purifiers are nothing new that is until Molekule. Changing the game Molekule uses nanotechnology to break down pollutants on a molecular level. Destroying Allergens, mould, bacteria, viruses, and airborne chemicals (VOCs).
Molekule’s patented technology, Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO), works at the molecular level to eliminate indoor air pollution. Developed over two decades by research scientists, PECO is an innovative technology that utilises free radicals—the same radicals used to kill cancer cells—to oxidise pollutants. By using nanotechnology, PECO can destroy pollutants 1000 times smaller than traditional HEPA filters (0.1 nanometers versus 300 nanometers).
SMART HOME: Developed by Ember Technologies
An intelligent mug is demanding our attention. Available at Starbucks, (yes Starbucks), the Ember mug has been eight years in the making. It is an innovative design and engineering, that is all about temperature control technology. Changing the way the world eats and drinks, the Ember mug gives you the power to select the exact temperature you prefer, between 120°F and 145°F, to drink it, then the cup maintains it to the precise degree.
Working as a connected device, you can use it on its own or with the app. The Ember app will notify you once your drink has reached your preferred temperature. Other features include a change cooling system, a micro-processor controlled heating system, and a network of sensors working together to provide an unparalleled drinking experience.
TECH FOR WOMEN: Developed by Willow
Described by Willow as having no external tubes, no cords and no dangling bottles, the Willow Pump is a portable breast pump destined to become a new mum’s BBF. With an all-in-one design, Willow collects your milk in a disposable, spill-proof bag, and tracks your volume through the app.
Designed to work quietly in your bra with no attachments, Willow is committed to helping women balance motherhood and womanhood in the modern world. Liberating women, Willow sits on your breast and is designed to work with a variety of breast shapes. To use Willow, you’ll need to have the correct Flange size. Willow comes with 24 mm Flanges (27 mm Flanges are sold separately). You’ll also need a full-coverage nursing bra that’s stretchy and has a flap.
SPORTS TECH: DEVELOPED BY ADIDAS
On a journey of exploration, driven by technology, this was the year that adidas unveiled Futurecraft 4D. An excellent high-performance shoe with midsoles crafted with light and oxygen, Futurecraft 4 is a running shoe based on 17 years of athletic data. Precisely tuned for optimal movement, Futurecraft 4D has been created using carbon’s pioneering digital light synthesis technology, a technology that is reshaping the manufacturing process.
Remodelling the footwear industry, adidas has unleashed limitless possibilities by bringing to market an athlete data-driven design and manufacturing that is unleashing the potential of an athlete.
Futurecraft 4D releasing date is sometime in December 2017
BLOCKCHAIN TECH: Developed by LOOMIA
Believing that innovation creates margin, LOOMIA has come up with a way of keeping personal data, personal. The startup has come up with LOOMIA TILE, a hardware device that works in conjunction with the LEL to transform clothes into data-collecting and identity tools. They have turned to blockchain to allow for seamless and secure peer to peer transactions.If they weren’t using blockchain, they would need to have a host of LOOMIA servers where users would send their data for safekeeping. This would mean that LOOMIA will end up being responsible for selling that data to inquiring brands, which in theory could make them a pretty penny, but that is not what they are about. Instead, they see that there are substantial opportunities for supply chain, product tracking and anti-counterfeiting to leverage the benefits of the blockchain for the markets we serve.
AUTO TECH: Developed by Michelin
Michelin‘s airless tires are a combination of three components: an Alveolar structure which is made of fully organic materials and makes the tire it ultra-hard-wearing. A 3D printed tread made out of biodegradable materials. And lastly, it is connected, which means that you can get information about the condition of your tires and program their reprinting with the type of tread pattern required at that particular time.
Have we missed anyone out? Please share inventions that have wowed you this year in the comment section below.