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MACHINA Co-founder, Linda Franco Talks Wearables

by on Jun.14, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables Celebrities, Wearables News

Linda Franco, Co-founder of MACHINA

Linda Franco, Co-founder of MACHINA Interviews with The Next Women

Linda Franco, co-founder of MACHINA sat down with The Next Women business magazine for an interview where she revealed her wearable technology story. We learn how she and her boyfriend/business partner/role model, Angelo,  built MACHINA using the momentum of two prior successful start ups and their passion for fashion and technology. Franco also gives insight to the business model of MACHINA, their target market, and building the team that continues to help their brand.  As for what’s next, Franco tells us MACHINA will launch in Japan at the end of the year.  Webelow Wear will be sure to keep an eye out for this move and how it affects their growth.

Read the interview transcript.

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Midi Controller Jacket By MACHINA

by on Mar.15, 2013, under Fashionable Wearables, Functional Wearables, Wearables, Wearables Celebrities

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MACHINA's Midi Controller Jacket v1.0

MACHINA, a group of independent developers and designers living in Mexico,  has created the Midi Controller Jacket ($285-$2600), an advanced functional yet fashionable wearble, that transmits music notes to a speaker based on the user’s movements and interactions with the jacket sensors.

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This means beat makers with dancing skills, or dancers with a penchant for music making can create killer beats with the pop-and-lock of an arm. Potentiometers, four push buttons, a flex sensor, and a joy stick can be configured by the user through a mobile app.

Making music not really your gig? No worries, because their fully funded kickstarter video explains that MACHINA is also working on a HACKSTORE with open source code, where users can upload their own presets and programs to add more functionality to the jacket like mixing videos or interacting with a Kinect.

With a ton of other products under their belt, including thermochromic t-shirts (that remind us of this interesting Polar Ice Cap Shirt), MACHINA is definitely a group of wearables celebrities we’ll be looking out for.

Check out their demo video below for more information.

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Flexible and Stretchable Lithium-ion Battery Charges Wirelessly

by on Feb.28, 2013, under Wearables, Wearables Celebrities, Wearables News

Flexible Lithium-ion Battery

Flexible Lithium-ion Battery

The wearables industry recently got an incredible push in the right direction when Nature Communications published the work of researchers Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University  and John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois.

Huang and Rogers led a research team to create a flexible lithium-ion battery that is stretchable up to 300 percent of it’s original size.  This innovation is music to the wearables-world’s ears as the chunky footprint of a power source has has been a frustrating design hurdle.  Using this battery, designers can consider a wider range of wearable designs since this battery can mold to the surface of a body (human/animal body part, the lining of a purse, etc.) and withstand the movement of that body (a running leg, a opened/closed purse, etc.).

Not only does this battery provides limitless design options, it charges wirelessly!

Interested in how it works? Check out Ben Coxworth of Gizmag for a great explanation. Visit Nature Communications for the full published study, and check out the video below for a demonstration of the batteries’ flexibility.

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Limor “Ladyada” Fried & President Obama

by on Feb.15, 2013, under Wearables Celebrities, Wearables News

Limor "Ladyada" Fried speaks to President Obama during 2013 Fireside Hangout on Google+

Limor "Ladyada" Fried speaks to President Obama during 2013 Fireside Hangout on Google+

During the modern version of Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, Ladyada, founder and CEO of Adafruit, had an opportunity to participate in a Google+ Hangout to ask President Obama a few questions. While she inquired on patent trolls and the status of the first daughters’ science and technology grades, her question regarding a computer programming language requirement struck us as brilliant. The President responded noting the self-taught Mark Zuckerburg and acknowledged that teaching programming in schools may help those potential Zucks to realize their dreams. We couldn’t agree more.

Check the video below for the full chat. Look for Ladyada around 5 minutes.

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