When Bitcoin came on the scene in 2009, many didn’t pay it any mind. Doubts in the cryptocurrency stemmed from the possibility of bitcoin being easy to hack, expensive to generate, and since it isn’t tied to a conventional value: only circulating if someone offered to buy it. Bitcoin is not linked to any underlying commodity or government which also means it can be traded with no postage, taxes, or other fees. It does not offer security in representation, but is resistant to inflation and counterfeit because of its limited supply.
What we can wear and how we can wear it has changed drastically in the wake of the 21st century, yet history seems to be repeating itself in many fashion trends. Luckily, our ability to manage and modify our fashion addiction has continued to grow and create an entirely new and infinite world of fashion technology. Here are some fashion innovations, some more obtainable than others, for the modernizing woman.
Individually, you can use the Rent the Runway application for your iPhone or iPad. The app gives you access to hundreds of different dresses based on your interest or occasion. You can see what’s trending, but also get specific recommendations for your own dress based on the type of occasion, weather forecast, along with pattern and design preferences. Most notability, the app allows you to take a picture of any print and then matches it to a trending dress. Overall, it is ton of fresh fashion crammed into a free app!
As the human population rises and cars clog the streets, it is more difficult to find a method of transportation that does not break the bank or destroy the planet. Bicycles are cute, but you can sweat like a pig if you ride them for too long. What if you can have the best of both worlds: the simplicity of a bicycle combined with the technology of a car? Thanks to the fundraising strength of the Boston startup Superpedestrian and the genius design from Copenhagen Wheel, the bicycle has gotten a facelift that makes getting from point A to point B faster and more efficient.
Launched in 2009 by the SENSEable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Copenhagen Wheel is an e-bike with artificial intelligence capabilties. The rear wheel of the bicycle is equipped with a motion-sensitive motor that detects when a rider is going up a hill, and adding electric support. The motor is battery operated, but does not require charging. The battery is able to store excess energy for later use when the rider rolls downhill.
Check out what the newest technology offers for the modern wine lover (just in time for Christmas!):
This is a wine cap that, once snapped to the bottle, aerates your wine instantly as you pour it into the glass. The decanter gives your wine the taste it was meant to have, aged and smoother than when you first open the bottle, adding “value” to inexpensive brands. For only $25, you can make any wine a “fine wine” without having to wait for an electronic aerator. Drink with style and convenience.
This pump efficiently reseals opened wine bottles with a rubber stopper. The pump extracts air from the opened bottle, which oxidizes the wine and keeps it fresh for an additional 7-10 days. The rubber stopper also seals the bottle completely, allowing easy horizontal storage in the fridge or wine rack. For just $20, you can extend your bottle’s life and save your refrigerator or floor from an unnecessary a mess!
Have you ever been in the middle of watching your favorite sci-fi show and got a hankering for a frozen treat? When you pulled it out of the freezer, did you ever think, "This isn't nerdy enough. I want a dessert that's as futuristic and scientifically plausible as the show I'm watching." We're here to tell you the wait is over: there are now Kyl21 popsicles. The world's first molecular popsicle has just been released from food designer David Marx. Complete with a design that looks like it came straight from the set of Battlestar Galactica, each popsicle has increased surface area and multiple facets--just like the surface of a cut precious stone. There is nothing traditional about this popsicle: the flavors are stamped in a format similar to the periodic table on a popsicle stick that is slanted at a sharp angle. David Marx collaborated on the idea of a mathematical shape with a three-star Michelin chef, and a manufacturer of liquid nitrogen equipment. It seems that liquid nitrogen was the key component of making sure the design held together: in order to prevent the liquid from expanding when it froze and ruining the design, an instantaneous method of freezing had to be used, hence the liquid nitrogen.
Next Tuesday, October 22, DJ and producer Datsik will be adding his song "Automatik" featuring Messinian to MashupDJ's library of music.
Datsik's song "Automatik" is part rap and part heavy dubstep bass. Its the perfect addition to MashupDJ's growing library of music.
If you're not already familiar with the new web app MashupDJ let us break it down for you: MashupDJ is a place where any music lover can create a mash up of songs with just a few clicks. You can browse their library of songs from all genres and create your own masterpiece by mashing up any songs you'd like! Mash up "ABC" by Jackson 5 with "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. The possibilities of mashups are endless and with new songs dropping every Tuesday, MashupDJ is about to be your new favorite app!
The words ‘wine’ and ‘straitjacket’ should never be used in a sentence together, but we’re willing to make an exception for this. Creative agency Lola Madrid designed a white fabric label for wine that resembles a straitjacket! Vino Loco, or “Crazy Wine” comes wrapped and packed in a large, white padded box and holds three bottles. The packaging design was created to simulate a cell in a mental institution and has the taste of your standard glass of red wine. However, Vino Loco is one of many innovative designs as far as wine goes. Check out some of these wacky sleeves from other companies below. Anybody thirsty?
With over 4,000 food vendors occupying the streets and the largest mass transit system in the world underneath them, it is clear NYC is a hot spot to live in. So hot, in fact, that residents will even assent to living in a “converted” 6x12 bedroom with no closet. And now, Denmark architects Ole Robin Storjohann and Mateusz Mastalski have designed award-winning micro-apartments for urban dwellers. The idea is to fill the narrow gaps between buildings with perched lofts—an idea that won the first prize for roof window manufacturer FAKRO’s “New Vision of the Loft 2” competition.
I have the cure: AquaTop Display. Researchers at Tokyo University of Electro-Communications have been able to transform the bathtub into an enormous touchscreen display. The AquaTop display is a projection system utilizing white water as the screen surface. They use a Kinect, which tracks the movement of limbs, specifically the fingers. Users can interact with the screen in front of them from above and below the water surface. Moving your hand over the bathtub surface, an object will move just like on a tablet. When you touch the water surface, the system provides natural feedback. Two finger zoom is also possible. You can drag and drop applications, scoop up videos to view full screen, and by sinking the application into the water, you can ‘delete’ the application all together.
If you’re the guy who would rather stay home and watch Breaking Bad than search through clothing racks for the perfect fit, then shopping just got a whole lot easier! No need to rely on the good ol’ one-size-fits-all, Stantt clothing brand is here to accommodate your needs by creating sizes modeled after your individual body measurements. The Hoboken-based trademark company uses a body-scan data system to make tailor-made clothing easy, quick, and accessible for over 1,000 ranges of male body types.