Smart Jackets

Hey peeps, it’s been a while ūüôā Honestly, I really haven’t had¬†anything important to say. So, instead of putting out a post¬†just for the sake of it, I choose not to blog at all until, something interesting and/or exciting comes along.

I’ve already told you that I ‚̧ԳŹ collaborations and that I hope to see many more! Smart Jackets is a collaboration between Levi (yes, the jeans company) and Google and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a wireless¬†enabled jean jacket – that will cost you $350.¬†Mashable notes, “…for now the jacket is mainly used to control core features of your smartphone, like starting or stopping music, answering the phone or reading text messages, as well as Google services like Maps and Calendar.” iPhone users are out of luck – at least until Apple announces a similar partnership with another popular jeans brand and we all are again, forced to pick sides… sigh.

You all know I love technology; but, I do just have to say one thing here, especially in the age of leaks, breaches and hacks. The more connected we are, the more vulnerable we are and our (perceived) “safeness” lies solely in these company’s ability to protect their infrastructure (severs, databases, etc.) from outside intrusions. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy this jacket or that you should¬†be paranoid about everything that’s connected or that we should all¬†go back using to flip phones. What I am saying is everyone needs to be aware. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your perspective), this is the economy we live in and the way of the world/future (see also Drones).

You can watch¬†Levi’s smart¬†jacket in action below.

Swarovski for Samsung

vs09-06_0921s_verge_super_wideI saw this photo¬†this morning and almost fainted.¬†Swarovski for Samsung… what’s not to like? I’m so sorry to admit this for Apple’s sake, but the smart-phone/watch game is officially #over for sparkly girls everywhere! I don’t know anything about the features or price but one thing is for sure – I want it!¬†

‚ÄúOne of the key aspects in wearable devices is providing diverse options for consumers to freely express their own taste and style,‚ÄĚ said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung. ‚ÄúOur ongoing collaboration with Swarovski as demonstrated in the new Gear S Strap, allows us to stay ahead of trends and on the cutting-edge of design and style.‚ÄĚ

High fashion and design from two trusted sources. Enjoy the beautiful images below!

Source: The Verge

Polo Goes Tech

10259-2411-453962700-lOnly a few months ago, Tory Burch entered the mobile-fitness-fashion world with stylish bracelets, designed to house your¬†FitBit. Now, another mega-fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, is entering that very same market with an iOS-connected¬†fitness & health tracking Polo Tech t-shirt. The high tech shirt is set¬†to launch in 2015 (AppleInsider), but you may be able to catch a glimpse¬†at this year’s US Open.

Legendary fashion house Ralph Lauren is making a big splash in the wearable devices market this week, as a number of ball boys and one player at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are outfitted with new, iOS-connected nylon shirts that track health and fitness data.

Here are a few highlights:

  • The shirts are interwoven with a set of sensors that track heart rate, breathing rate, breathing depth, activity intensity, steps walked, calories burned, and heart rate variability.

  • Data is transmitted from the shirts’ sensors to a small “black box” that users are asked to clip onto their shirt, which in turn relays the information to a companion iOS app via a Bluetooth 4.0 signal.

  • The shirts are machine washable