VIRAL STYLE #10 (CREATOR’S PROJECT 07.06.13)
Posted by Charlotte McManus
Touch-Reactive Clothes And EEG Caps As The New Headwear
A weekly roundup of what’s happening at the intersection of tech and fashion
SINEAD O’CONNOR COVER OF THE WEEK
We know what you’re thinking. It’s been way, way too long since you’ve heard a decent cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, right? Okay, well even if that’s not the case, we’re sure you’ll def be into this one—NY-based trio Shanzhai Biennial has created a new video rendition, starring model Wu Ting Ting wearing a pretty special Head & Shoulders-inspired dress. Magical. The group (formed of Cyril Duval, Babak Radboy and Avena Gallagher) set up the Shanzhai project as a way to liberate branding from sales obligations, through the concept of China’s famous imitation product culture.
BRAIN POWER CONCEPTS OF THE WEEK
As technology develops, actual human effort is becoming increasingly more redundant—just look at voice-activated TVs (and even motion detection toilets). But the really exciting trend that’s emerging at the moment has to be brain-powered gadgets, giving the user the power to affect objects using only their mind.
Neil Harbisson and the Eyeborg
Though the word “Eyeborg” might sound like the name of a robot from a sci-fi film, it’s actually a cybernetic device that translates sound into colour. It’s used by artist/musician Neil Harbisson, who was born with the condition achromatopsia. It transforms the wavelengths of different shades into audible noises which are then transmitted into Harbisson’s ears through bone conduction. Even cooler, it works both ways—he’s able to turn the sounds from musical scores into real-life paintings.
This was news to us, but apparently when DJ Fresh isn’t busy churning out his next radio project, he’s making tracks using actual mind-reading technology. No, really—together with a band of disabled musicians he’s put together “Mindtunes”, which was composed using electroencephalography (try saying that three times/once) devices that read brainwaves to program instructions on a computer, from bass levels to fade effects. Just do us a favor—don’t tell David Guetta, okay?
Okay, we saved the best of mind control tech to last. Guaranteed to make it into the Christmas bestseller list for the next decade if it ever hits the shops, it’s the remote-controlled helicopter that’s powered by the human mind. Created by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the device has been successfully flown through a series of hoops—mad fun aside, they’re planning to use the technology to develop robots to help people suffering from paralysis and neurodegenerative disorders.
WEARABLE TECH OF THE WEEK
We’re always down to hear about the latest developments in wearable tech, so we love the concept of Oscar Tomico and Mascha Zijverden’s touch-sensitive garm, Loom. Exploring “fetishism, movements, behaviours of humans and fabrics” the organic top fits to the upper body using NiTi (memory muscle) wire, responding to touch with movement.
#MUSTHAVE OF THE WEEK
If you love repping your fave brand, but don’t wanna tip up in the same old generic tee that 100000s of other people probably own, we recommend getting your hands on a Pixelated Logo version. Whatever 21 offer an Adidas style for only $35 on their website—it’s the perfect way to update your garms with a URL edge.
About Charlotte McManusEditor for LOGO.ec and Trendstop.com Freelance writer - The Creator's Project, SUPERSUPER!, Don't Panic, FAULT, Flux, Who's Jack & more.
Posted on 10/06/2013, in Fashion, News, Technology and tagged charlotte mcmanus, creators project, cyril duval, dj fresh, eyeborg, fashion, logo, logo.ec, mind controlled helicopter, pixelated logo, shanzhai biennial, sinead o connor, technology, viral style, wearable tech, whatever 21, wu ting ting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.