Printed fabric

3D-printed clothing
“Designer-researchers like Freedom of Creation in Amsterdam and Philip Delamore at the London College of Fashion are cranking out seamless, flexible textile structures using software that converts three-dimensional body data into skin-conforming fabric structures. The potential for bespoke clothing, tailored to the specific individual, are as abundant as the patterns that can be created, from interlocking Mobius motifs to tightly woven meshes.”
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Boing Boing

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Discrete locations

A Location Based Service With Discretion
“Face2face will only notify users when a contact is nearby, and it does not give out that contact’s exact location. Aims to avoid oversharing by looking only at what’s within walking distance, and only letting you know who’s nearby (vs. where all your contacts are). Privacy settings let users decide if they want to be invisible to others, and who they want to share their information with. ”
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PSF

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Microscopic piezoelectrics

Sparks for Your Stride: Kinetic Energy Conversion News
“The US National Science Foundation has offered a $350,000 grant to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, who are developing microscopic piezoelectric fibers that could be woven into any garment. The research team claims that a million fibers spun into a shirt would generate enough current to power an iPod. So far the team, led by Professor Liwei Lin, has succeeded in converting energy from small finger movements using fibers attached to a glove (see a video demonstration of this in Smart Planet’s “Future of Cloth” report here). The Pentagon is also backing the project, in the hope that it will put an end to heavy battery packs for soldiers.”
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Worldchanging

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Monitoring seniors

Monitoring Elderly Parents
“All was normal — meaning all was well. “Right now she’s not home,” Mr. Murdock said. That he deduced because the sensors he had installed throughout his mother’s home told him that the kitchen door — which leads outside — had not been reopened since 1:36, more than an hour earlier. The opening of the medicine cabinet midday confirmed to him that his mother had taken her medicine. And he was satisfied that she had eaten lunch because the refrigerator door was open more than just a few seconds. ”
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Physical infographics

The Proverbial Wallet: A Wallet Revealing your Financial Situation
“The design concept consists of electronically augmenting an everyday wallet to make it capable of providing subtle haptic and visual feedback based on the personal financial metrics of the wearer. The Peacock wallet prototype appears to physically grow and shrink to reflect the user’s current account balance. Wearers will feel a subtle tightness or looseness in their pocket that persists until their account balance changes. In addition, an unusually high balance will result in a wallet large enough to be clearly visible to potential “mates”. The Mother Bear wallet contains a resistant hinge to protect the money within it, making it difficult to open when people need to be thrifty. The Bumblebee wallet prototype vibrates whenever the bank processes a personal transaction, alerting people to potential fraud in real-time.”
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information aesthetics

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Secret messages

Postcards Go Virtual With SwingVine Gallery For The iPhone
“Using your iPhone’s camera and GPS, the SwingVine Gallery app allows you to send a photo to a friend “secretly,” a photo that they are unable to see unless they also participate by sending a photo back, sort of like a mobile game of photo tag. While both the idea and the app interface are simple, SwingVine gallery does have its appeal, as it’s pretty hard to resist wanting to see whatever photo postcard is under wraps. I genuinely felt a level of excitement as I waited for my “secret” postcard to be revealed (It was, of course, a photo of the Eiffel Tower).”
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TechCrunch

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Opening a tab

App lets consumers open and pay a bar tab by phone
“They begin by downloading and setting up the application, including entering account information for one or more credit or debit cards; once stored, those accounts are displayed only via the last four digits. Next, when they’re ready to visit a bar, they can use the app to see which ones near them are linked with TabbedOut. The software is integrated directly with participating restaurants and bars so as to allow consumers to open and view a tab directly from the point-of-sale system. Opening a tab with TabbedOut essentially provides the bar with the consumer’s stored payment information up front; in return, he or she is given a code that the bartender uses to keep track of each drink.”
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Springwise

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Planning a funeral

Online tool helps families begin planning a funeral
“The Virtual Arrangement Conference’s interactive presentation is designed to walk families through the key points of what they should expect during a meeting at the funeral home. In addition to explaining the process step by step, the interactive tool can also facilitate the collection of information required by the funeral home, using integrated forms to transmit information such as data for the death certificate or facts to be included in the obituary. No information is required to be submitted using the tool, but hundreds of families have already used it to begin the funeral planning process for themselves, the Louisiana company says, cutting down significantly on the in-person meeting time required.”
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Collaborative book publishing

Collaborative photo books help groups tell stories
“group members upload and tag photos to a shared workspace. Each member then uses these pooled images to create pages of photos. Users can select single or multi-photo layouts, change the background colour and add text to their pages. Group members then pick and choose from other members’ pages to assemble their own unique photo book. Online photo books can be created free of charge, and sharing will be available soon with Facebook integration for inviting group members. Printed photo books can be ordered for USD 12.99 for 20 pages in softcover format, and USD 24.99 for hardcover.”
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Sun propulsion

Solar Sail Proves Photon Acceleration Works, as it Twists and Turns Under the Sun
“Measuring 20m diagonally, the solar sail is made from aluminized plastic, which is as thin as the diameter of a red blood cell. 0.0003-inches thin, in fact. The material it’s made from reflects the solar radiation back towards the sun, which is how it propelled itself through space. The liquid crystal lining the outside of the solar sail reflects different volumes of sunlight, and is responsible for steering it through space, with the Aerospace Exploration Agency back in Japan controlling the angles”
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Gizmodo

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