Wearable tech: Fashion that looks good and reads your mind
From Google Glass to health-tracking wristbands, it's no secret wearable tech is on the rise. But just how far can technology enthusiasts and fashion designers see into the future?
The Wearable Tech Fashion Show hoped to answer just that. The event, which took place this week in Manhattan as part of Social Media Week, brought together fashion designers, tech experts and several hundred intrigued guests.
Acustom Apparel dubs itself as not being your grandfather's tailor. The startup, which recently opened up a retail store in Manhattan, uses a 3-D body scanner to customize clothes, which it promises will give you a better fit.
CEO and Co-founder Jamal Motlagh came up with the idea while he was a student at Harvard Business School. "I was frustrated with the shopping process for products like jeans and wanted to make a custom denim that fit but wasn't $1,000," he told CNBC.
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Acustom's weekender look, pictured above, features a blue-and-red gingham shirt, an indigo Italian tweed jacket accented with pops of purple, and a pair of 12-ounce raw denim jeans. Everything's custom fit and unique to the model—even the bespoke jeans.
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Geisha Teku incorporates LED's into clothing and products like umbrellas. The FLORAbrella is an umbrella inspired by the 1982 sci-fi flick "Blade Runner." The product uses 144 LED's to display three different color patterns. Through its color sensor system, the company says the lights will match to your outfit.
Inspired by science, technology and fashion, Asher Levine created his company to merge the three together in his products. After launching 3-D printed sunglasses in 2012, he set his eyes on a shoulder bag.
The Grenade Bag integrates unconventional materials such as a neoprene compound with Bluetooth technology. The bag links to a user's smartphone, so it can be tracked at all times in case it goes missing.
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This was Levine's first fashion show. "I was able to connect with people one-on-one, show them the technology, and receive immediate feedback," he told CNBC. "I want more people to touch my bags; it will help me make better products in the future."
The Laser Girls
The nails of the future may just come in 3-D. The Laser Girls is a company created to sell 3-D printed nails. The company said it is inspired by fashion prints, science fiction, robots and geometry.