HOW THE INTERNET OF CLOTHES CHALLENGES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FASHION AND CONSUMPTION

HOW THE INTERNET OF CLOTHES CHALLENGES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FASHION AND CONSUMPTION

Be honest – how many of all clothes you own do you were regularly? There’s a fair chance you have at least one item of clothing in your wardrobe that you haven’t even worn once. As a society, we own four times as many clothes as we did 20 years ago, but regularly only wear about 20% of them. A new project from academics from Birmingham City University is hoping to change that. Senior Future Media lecturer Mark Brill and his team are working on a concept of a connected wardrobe that addresses the problem of unworn clothes by reminding you to wear them or to give them away to charity. The Internet of Clothes sees garments tagged using washable contactless technology, known as radio-frequency identification (RFID). The idea is that the clothes will monitor the frequency of wear and if they are not used for a certain time period, will notify their user to either wear them or think about giving them away to charity. Talking about the project, Brill explained that the connected wardrobe is“a practical, engaging concept encouraging people to think about their clothing consumption.”He hopes that it will result in more ethical fashion consumption.“Perhaps we can even move away from the idea of ‘ownership’ of clothing, to simply using them as long as we need them. When we’ve worn them enough, the items will pass themselves on to their next keeper to wear,” says Brill. Overconsumption of clothing is a problem for both the environment and exploitation of those who produce them. Clothing production is highly damaging to the environment, from the petrochemicals used in...
SEE BENJAMIN JOHN HALL’S HI-TECH SHOE COLLECTION IN LONDON

SEE BENJAMIN JOHN HALL’S HI-TECH SHOE COLLECTION IN LONDON

Avant-garde international award winning footwear designer Benjamin John Hall is bringing back his newest work to London. Laboratory 12 is an experimental seven-piece collection of highly functional footwear involving 3-D printed components and embedded technology combined with artisanal shoemaking. With the help of his collaborators, Nanda Khaorapapong, Richard Beckett and Martyn Carter, from the fields of wearable computing, material science and 3-D printing, the shoes are operated wirelessly from afar to perform tasks such as detecting radiation, recording sound, releasing a gas and even remote ignition. The technology is covert and skilfully embedded inside each of the shoe’s designs, resulting in a complex yet seamless marriage of hand-made shoemaking and advanced technologies. How far should or would our government go to secure its best interests? Laboratory 12 takes its name from the secret poison laboratory of the KGB and was inspired primarily by the high profile assassination of Alexander Livinenko, who in 2006 was poisoned with the radioactive material Polonium. This led to the question: How far should or would our government go to secure its best interests? ‘We did deeper analysis of covert operational techniques used by security services to manipulate and control certain individuals. Many of the shoes were inspired by or reference these techniques,’ shared with us Hall. Each of the seven pairs of shoes highlights a specific notion or concept unearthed through extensive research into documented tactics used by various security agencies worldwide. For example, the Zersetzung platform sandals house a mechanism that can be activated by sending a text message to a defined phone number: the letter ‘x’ sets off an atomiser emanating a...
HOW TOPSHOP INJECTS TECH TO LEAD THE WAY IN HIGHSTREET RETAIL

HOW TOPSHOP INJECTS TECH TO LEAD THE WAY IN HIGHSTREET RETAIL

London Fashion Week is just around the corner and, if NYFW was anything to go by, this season’s fashion extravaganza will bring much more change than new prints and colour palettes. Tech has been increasingly present in headlines each fashion month and as the capital of both (fashion and tech), we expect London Fashion Week to have a trick or two up its sleeve. One of most prominent players in this interdisciplinary field is highstreet retailer Topshop. Fancy bodycon dresses and bleached denim shirts aside, the clothing giant is investing in some serious tech innovation. In 2014, when both the public and the industry were trying to get their head around virtual reality, Topshop was transporting consumers from its stores to the front row with Oculus Rift. Last year, the retailer partnered with Barclaycard for a line of stylish accessories such as phone cases, stickers and bracelets, which incorporated Barclaycard’s contactless payment technology and let users shop seamlessly in more than 300,000 locations across the UK. Later this year, a second, more luxurious line of the Topshop x bPay collection was unveiled. During the summer, the clothing giant also launched its first Top Pitch competition, encouraging designers and technologists to join its bootcamp programme and receive intensive coaching on how to bring their product to market as well as the chance to pitch to Topshop. The retailer recently announced the winner of the competition, Loomia (formerly The Crated) – a company focused on e-textiles and developing enabling technologies. The two parties will now work together on designing a prototype for a heated garment. Top Pitch makes the future of smart...
INTERLACED & BDYHAXCON PARTNER FOR FASHIONTECH SHOW IN AUSTIN

INTERLACED & BDYHAXCON PARTNER FOR FASHIONTECH SHOW IN AUSTIN

We are thrilled to announce that INTERLACED has partnered with the team at BDYHAXCON for their upcoming conference, expo and fashion tech show in January 2017. As an official partner, INTERLACED will co-produce BDYHAXCON’s special Put Together Fashion Tech Show. Between 27-29 January 2017, Austin’s Convention Center will become the home for discovering new tech, knowledge and inspiration surrounding body- and biohacking, fashion tech, augmented and virtual reality, cognitive training and much more. BDYHAXCON is about anything you can do to your body to be more your ideal self. However a bodyhacker decides to physically alter or improve their mind or body, there’s always more to discover, learn, teach, synthesize, and celebrate.   If you’re a fashion tech designer, maker, engineer, who wants to showcase their creation to the world, get in touch   In addition to the inspiring talks, meetups and expo, in 2017, BDYHAXCON is adding a fashion spin to the experience. The Put Together fashion tech show, which INTERLACED will co-produce, will take place on 27th January 2017 and bring together the latest and greatest in fashion tech, raging from exoskeletons to more conventional cloth-based pieces that’s anything but conventional. As INTERLACED produced one of the first full fashion tech catwalk shows in Europe, we are excited to bring together once again the most exciting designers and technologies who make the magic happen. The best part? There are still spots to fill! So, if you’re a fashion tech designer, maker, engineer, who wants to showcase their creation to the world, get in touch! We can’t wait to hear from you! Our own Kristina Dimitrova will also...
SARTORIAL BRINGS TOGETHER DIGITAL ART, FASHION, SOUND AND TECHNOLOGY

SARTORIAL BRINGS TOGETHER DIGITAL ART, FASHION, SOUND AND TECHNOLOGY

Aussies, listen up. dLux Media Arts is organising a unique spectacle of the senses this September. The organization, which supports cultural vibrancy, will take part in Sydney’s Fringe Festival with a one-night event showcasing some of Australia’s leading artists and designers in the fields of fashion, technology, digital, industrial art and sound engineering. sARTorial, as the event is called, will be part fashion show, part exhibition, exploring the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge interactive art and electronics. The event invites fashion designers, media artists, makers, geeks and technophiles to meet up, experiment and share their visions for the future. This year’s sARTorial will revolve around four sensory elements – light, sounds, movement and touch. Drawing on these elements, the artists and designers will create one-off wearable pieces using the latest techniques and design technologies to produce interactive wearable artworks. sARTorial’s 2016 ambassador is designer and artist Erica Gray, who is recognized as one of the leading figures in the field of wearable art, with her sculptural creations winning awards both in Australia and at New Zealand’s internationally acclaimed World of WearableArt (WOW). The even hints at the future of dLux and aims to create experiences that generate a deeper understanding of art and technology for stronger and healthier communities. Make sure to grab your tickets for sARTorial here. To keep up-to-date with our activities and upcoming events, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or sign up for our newsletter....