An Anthropologist, a Material Scientist and a Fashion Tech Designer Walk Into a Bar

No, this isn't a joke. Rather, it is a comment on the centrality of transdisciplinary collaboration for informed and exciting data-driven futures. Data Analytics, Wearables & Fashion Tech's Elemental component When I think about these exciting opportunities around mass customization, improved well-being, better in-person interactions and...

Translating Technology – Striking The Balance Is Key

Translating Technology
As technology continues to become more complex it becomes even more important to explain it in a way people can understand. If you make it too simple people will not understand the true value – too complex and they will not understand anything about...

Soon, ‘Ugly’ Won’t Live Here No More

People don’t want to wear ugly stuff. They just don’t. Parisian style is made of this motivation. Trillion dollar industries don’t just materialize out of nowhere; people value how they look. Why in Wearable Tech (or substitute your preferred expletive) has it taken so...

3D Printing and the Future of Fashion Business: Industry Benefits [Part 4]

Cost savings on import and logistic statistics show that in 2015, import of garments in the US was valued at $97 billion. Development of 3D printing and local garment types of manufacturing will enable dramatic cost savings on import, and will lead to a...

FinTech and Africa – A Promising Love Story

When I started my ‘’African journey’’ three years ago I was soon told by industry leaders that the first mistake made by new entrants was to perceive Africa as a single country. With over 50 countries, more than 1000 different languages, a population of...

When The Internet Of Things Becomes The Internet Of Voice (Part 1)

Internet Of Voice
Forget the Internet of Things (IoT) - it’s a bubble. The majority of products currently claiming to be IoT devices are just the same, vertical Machine to Machine (M2M) products we’ve always had, but taking the opportunity to benefit from a rebrand. Most of the...

Digital Natives in Smart Cities: Conquering the Future Now

Stepping from your driverless car (which hummed off to find a parking spot), you glance at your wrist and notice that your virtual assistant plotted your path through the crowds of pedestrian traffic to your favorite coffee shop. You slip past the line and...

DAY 2: Decoded Fashion, We Got You Covered!

With Day 1 of Decoded Fashion leaving me wanting more, Day 2 could not come soon enough. The second day of #DFNYC started with the 'Liz Bacelar Greeting'. Dressed all in black DKNY, Bacelar was a bundle of enthusiasm on stage. Capturing our attention and...

Designing for Smart Fabrics: Wear It’s At!

E-textiles Project Jacquard
Lately, the term “wearables” appears more and more in our conversations. Usually we are describing a smart watch that extends our mobile experience, or a bracelet that tracks physical activity. Sure, those are things we wear, but what about something with computing power that...

Designing for Smart Fabrics: Deciding What to Design

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Work with a Clothing Designer (someone who works with fabrics) I can’t stress enough how important it is to work with someone who understands making clothing, and other handicrafts out of fabric and textiles. I spoke with Jen Kot, a professional engineer who makes her...