"Finding something unique to wear is difficult. It can be expensive or take a lot of time," says Swedish fashion blogger Kenza Zouiten, in a film on the H&M-backed Ivyrevel fashion website.
But now the "I have nothing to wear" dilemma could be solved by a new app, which aims to create a customized dress design based on smartphone data showing someone's location and activity, as well as the weather.
The "data dress" technology is a collaboration between Google and Ivyrevel, and is based on Android's Awareness API, which lets apps "be aware of all aspects of a user's environment," according to a post on the Android Developers' blog.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Six months ago, I found myself drowning in a flood of easy information. The internet—and all the lovely things on it, things like Wikipedia, Twitter, podcasts, the New Yorker, email, TED Talks, Facebook, Youtube, Buzzfeed occasionally, and yes, even the Harvard Business Review—provide unlimited sources of delight at the touch of a finger.
Friday, August 14, 2015
G is for Google, as the company's chief executive, Larry Page, put it this week in a blog post introducing Alphabet, Google's new corporate name.
G is also for genericization.
That's the process of becoming generic, or "not sold or made under a particular brand name," according to Webster's dictionary.
The definition is of more than just linguistic interest to Google and its shareholders.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, December 13, 2013
HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING SERVICE Instagram announced a messaging service called Instagram Direct on Thursday, as it looks to challenge Snapchat and Whatsapp.
Rumours surfaced at the end of November claiming that Instagram was plotting a messaging service to rival send-and-delete photo service Snapchat, and the firm put an end to the speculation on Thursday by announcing Instagram Direct.
Monday, September 23, 2013
BlackBerry says its "teams are working non-stop" to fix the botched BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iPhone launch that was scheduled last weekend. "We will provide you an update on timing as soon as we can," says the latest tweet on the official BBM Twitter account (@BBM). The much-awaited global rollout of BlackBerry's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android and iPhone was stopped by BlackBerry citing technical issues. While the BBM for iPhone rollout began on schedule on Sunday from New
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The rumored new Google logo is real. Google has just announced that it is updating its iconic emblem with a refined color palette and slightly altered letter shapes. The revised design matches the flatter Google logo that appeared earlier this month, and Google says it will roll out across more products and services in the coming weeks. Simultaneously, the company has revamped its
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Few places are as well-known in America’s cultural mythology as Area 51, said to house remnants of crashed alien space ships. A new declassified CIA history of Area 51 hints that high-tech spy craft, including forerunners to unmanned drones, sparked American imaginations.
A moonscape corner of Nevada known as Area 51 became synonymous with cold-war spy craft and intrigue – home to Project Aquatone and Operation Baby Face – but also gave rise to a whole body of UFO literature after a durable seed was planted in the American imagination: Could the truth about whether we’re alone in the universe be “out there”?
Monday, August 5, 2013
Did you know that Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers, which led to the emergence of a Japanese generation who is modest and keen on cleanliness.
Did you know that any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry a bag and special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness is part of Japanese ethics.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
We here at Spinner enjoy doing some deep research on projects, but going through every Beatles song and figuring out which member played what instrument? That just seems nuts.
Luckily, the people ate Pop Chart Lab have the right amount of drive, patience and insanity, as they did just that, mapping out the "helter skelter details" in a box set of infographics. The Beatles Song Charts comes in three prints and can be purchased here from Pop Chart Lab Click on the images here to see the high-resolution versions, and say "Hello, Goodbye" to the rest of your day's productivity.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Shenzhen completely shell-shocks with its technological splendor. My co-founders and I had never seen an electronics market that expanded for blocks with every kind of electrical and technical component known to man the way it does in Hua Qiang Bei. It is like being Neo in the scene in the Matrix where you get to choose your weapons and they zoom out in organized shelves, except it’s not so organized. We got to live out our most demanding and out-of-reach maker fantasies by living in this town where parts, supply chain, and manufacturing are deeply accessible.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
How self-pubbed best-seller Hugh Howey overturned the author-reader relationship—and wrote the next great sci-fi saga.
When bookstore employee and indie author Hugh Howey published his short story “Wool” as a 99-cent e-book on Amazon in July of 2011, he wasn’t banking on the story transforming his career. He didn’t even post a link to the story on his own website. But “Wool,” about a post-apocalyptic future in which society has been forced to live underground in a vast silo, quickly became the most popular thing he had ever written. By the end of October, the story had made it on the Kindle sci-fi best-seller list. Howey started to get emails from readers asking him for the rest of the story. There was no rest of the story, so Howey decided to write it.
Online information storage firm Evernote has asked all users to reset their passwords, following a security breach by hackers.
The California-based company, that allows people to store and organise personal data on an external server, is thought to have about 50 million users.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A transparent computer that allows users to reach inside and touch digital content has been unveiled at the TED conference in Los Angeles.
TED fellow Jinha Lee has been working on the SpaceTop 3D desktop in collaboration with Microsoft.
Allowing people to interact with machines in the same way they do with solid objects could make computing much more intuitive, he told the BBC.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Google recently released a second video promoting their Google Glasses, scheduled to hit the mass market in early 2014. (Here’s their first marketing demo.)
With any new technology that we adopt it’s wise to ask ourselves not only what we gain but what we lose, both as individuals and as a society. For the Google Glasses, the full answers to these questions will remain elusive until the (fun!)
Thursday, February 28, 2013
It’s official: Robin is dead.
This Robin is, anyway. He’s Damian Wayne, the elementary-school-aged son of Batman and his recently minted arch-enemy/ex-girlfriend, Talia al-Ghul. He’d only ever been seen as an infant in a forgotten graphic novel Batman: Son of the Demon by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham, before writer Grant Morrison and artist Andy Kubert brought him kicking and screaming into continuity when they launched the writer’s long-standing tenure on the Batman titles.
Turns out that 2013 is, indeed, a Leap Year.
Leap Motion, the company that makes the hotly anticipated gesture-control device of the same name, announced Wednesday morning that the first Leap Motion units would ship to pre-orderers around the world on May 13, and that everyone could get their hands (and fingers) on one on May 19.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Not too long ago, Facebook started asking me how I was feeling. I thought it was a little awkward, as Facebook can’t really do anything about my feelings.
My Facebook friends, however, can do something, and I guess that's the idea. But, truly, why would I share my feelings on Facebook?