Shoes of Prey Teaches Fashion How to Do Custom

I started following Shoes of Prey early last year, just before visiting their office in Santa Monica.  The company started making custom shoes in 2009 and has been growing ever since.  In the last year, their website, the primary sales channel, has evolved a lot.  

How the Obama Administration Locked in Funding for Fashion Tech

At WEAR Conferences, Vikrum Aiyer, senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council of President Obama's Administration, spoke about the work done under the Obama Administration to create advanced manufacturing hubs by creating Institutes across the United States.

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The Best Artificial Intelligence Tools In The Fashion Industry

Billboards about Artificial Intelligence have been lining Highway 101 in San Francisco for as long as I've lived here, over 3 years.  As I talk to people about AI they wonder, what does someone interested in Fashion care about Artificial Intelligence?  Now is the time, more than ever when years of research are being applied to industry.  We've seen projects like IBM's Watson market to a wide range of industries and entrepreneurs looking for opportunities to Innovate (with a capital "I".)

So what are some of the most interesting things happening with AI in the Fashion Industry?  Here are the top 3.

Virtual Persuasion

For many fashion designers, Virtual Reality and the haptic wearables that go with the experience are just another set of accessories for gaming.

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10 Minute LED Hack to Light-Up Any Garment

One of the first things people ask about to get started embedding electronics in textiles is "How do I light this up?"  Here's a super fast hack to get you started lighting up garments in 10 minutes.  When the battery is disconnected, this sweater is just a normal sweater.  If you remove the battery completely, it can be washed as usual.

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Women and Wearables

Many recent studies have shown how gender diversity improves the efficacy of teams.  Perhaps this and other initiatives for gender equality and social change are responsible for triggering a movement towards reform in our educational system.  Universities are starting to study the impact of introducing students to electronic textiles.  

IoT Developments That Are Building the Future: Fashion Wearables to Medical Devices

I know...  Fashion Tech and Wearable IoT are getting kind of annoying.  You might be rolling your eyes with every new "LED Dress" and "Fitness Tracker" introduced to the market.  Some of these consumer-driven devices are enabling the development of tech that will be critical for the future of this industry.  These seemingly small developments will make products that can save or at least augment lives.  There is a bigger reason why you should care.