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StyleChat’s Creative Director Featured on Women in Wireless

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Sometimes the path to a career in fashion has detours.  Check out how Olya Dzilikhova, Creative Director of StyleChat, landed in her position: http://www.womeninwireless.org/2016/04/what-would-you-attempt-to-do-if-you.html

 

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OUT with the Mood Ring, IN with the Chameleon Scarf

Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com
Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com

Flashback to the 1980’s and 90’s, and you’ll remember the mass appeal of mood rings amongst kids. I remember watching my mood ring as it turned colors, waiting to see if it could accurately depict my mood. Now in the 21st Century we have graduated from mood rings to “Chameleon Scarves.”

Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29
Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29

The Amsterdam textile company, Neffa, has created a silk-chiffon scarf that changes pattern according to temperature, UV light, and the wearer’s mood. A recent Refinery 29 article explains how this scarf works. The colors and prints turn to a bright color when the user’s body temperature is normal like it would be when a person is content.   When a person gets stressed or angry, their body temperature often rises. When this happens, the heat-responsive thermochromic ink in the scarf detects it and makes the pattern disappear.

Ever feel like it’s hard to decipher your own emotions? There are more items besides this scarf that can help! Mood-clothing technology has been seen in items such as sweaters, nail polish, and evening wear. I wonder what’s next! Mood detecting shoes perhaps? What’s your opinion on this kind of technology? Would you wear the Chameleon Scarf?

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By: Jaclyn Parker

Wearable Tech Trends You’ll Want to See

We’ve all seen the emergence of wearable technology, such as Google Glass, smart watch, and more, but these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. CNBC lists some of the most intriguing wearable tech trends that will keep you wanting to see more. While some are more frivolous than others, there are some that may turn out to be extremely convenient.

Image Source: Wearable Solar, Featured on CNBC
Image Source: Wearable Solar, Featured on CNBC

Imagine for instance, that you could charge your smart phone with your clothing. Designers are working towards using flexible solar panels in clothing to charge your devices. We’ve already seen the invention of handbags that can charge certain devices. This trend is definitely one that could make life a lot easier if successful.

Image source: Electrolux Design Lab
Image source: Electrolux Design Lab, Featured on CNBC

Next up we have an air filter device that is worn around the wrist and purifies the air around you. Just imagine the air smelling fresh and clean everywhere you go. The smart watch may not be the only device you want to wear around your wrist!

Image Source: Rainbow Winters, Featured on CNBC
Image Source: Rainbow Winters, Featured on CNBC

Designer, Amy Winters, has experimented with clothing that changes in your environment. For example, she uses holographic leather that illuminates when the volume increases. She has also created a bathing suit that reacts to light. Our streets would be a lot more colorful and festive if everyone was wearing this exciting new wearable technology!

Image source: Adafruit Industries, Featured on CNBC
Image source: Adafruit Industries, Featured on CNBC

The next wearable trend to keep your eye on would be particularly helpful for bicycle enthusiasts. A DIY electronics company called Adafruit, has created a helmet that has a built-in navigational system. The helmet has lights that flash on the right or left to let the biker know which direction to turn so that you don’t have to be looking at your smart phone to know where to go. We all know biking while using a smart phone could be hazardous; this invention would help bikers keep their smart phones out of their hands while biking.

Image Source: Ying Gao, Featured on CNBC
Image Source: Ying Gao, Featured on CNBC

Last but not least, fashion designer Ying Gao, has incorporated eye-tracking technology into her designs. She has created dresses that move when eyes are looking at them. This would surely make discrete staring, a much harder task! Would you want to know when all eyes are on you? What’s your favorite emerging wearable technology? We’d love you to share in the comments below!

By: Jaclyn Parker