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Yes, Apple has crossed over and is looking far into the future with new Senior Prototype Engineer, Richard DeVaul on the payroll. After an angry fist shaking session, we took a step back and examined the situation. While DeVaul has taken our dream path straight to Jobs (ha…a job with Jobs), us Mom-and-Pop wearable shops needn’t fear the Walmart-ing of our companies and brands. This, ladies and gentlemen, could mean an industry boom for wearables.
Wearables, like every other industry, has it’s layers. There are the couture designers trying to make you Gaga-ed out, the Ipod wearable helping people-on-the-go move to a beat, the rave-scene wearable, the kitschy wearables products for all wearbles geeks, the DIY wearable upgrade to entertain the wearbles tinkerers, the biometrics wearables used in military and medicine, practical wearables for mass use and the home based wearables. Apple’s position in the industry? Considering the I-everything (Ipod, Iphone etc.) craze and DeVaul’s background, we’re in for a long ride of very cool, user friendly wearables. But remember, this is one section of a growing industry!
Our advice: stay positive, stay informed, keep innovating because the industry was just put on the map in big way.
Here’s a great article to leave the wearables tinkerers feeling inspired and hopeful:
Ecouterre’s “Ask A Designer” Series asked Syuzi Pakhchyan of Fashioning Technology if wearable technology hype or hope? Pakhchyan ended her hopeful response with a quote from educator and philosopher Marshall McLuhan:
“The book is an extension of the eye…Clothing, an extension of the skin…Electric circuitry, an extension of the central nervous system. Media, by altering the environment, evoke in us unique ratios of sense perceptions. The extension of any one sense alters the way we think and act—the way we perceive the world. When these ratios change, men change.”
Pakhchyan explains how technology alone will not save our planet, but rather the affect technology has on the psyche of people will spark the change necessary to make our lives more sustainable. The use of wearable technology will provide a window into how we as humans affect our world. The transparency of production in the fashion industry, energy harvesting textiles and environmental pollutant sensing garments are some of the ways Pakhchyan predicts wearables will directly affect people and subsequently change their minds and behavior.
Ikea will unveil their new line of solar powered lamps and outdoor lighting. This très chic line, called SOLIG, will be available in a few weeks.
Solar power chargers are gaining a bit of popularity. So much so they’re just giving them away! Yes, it’s true! Check out Inhabitat.com to find out how you can win this very green, very awesome solar powered charger.