via womensweardaily:

Rebecca Minkoff to Unveil

Wearable Tech Accessories

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Wearables that double as jewelry will launch at the designer’s spring runway show next week, including a gold chain-link bracelet with a silver bar and pyramid studs that’s actually a wearable notification bracelet. For More

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GAP’s New Normal

Just when sister brand Banana Republic has done dousing its shoppers with cutesy pop culture references like the “start-up guy,” along comes GAP, urging people to “dress normal” in its new campaign, featuring (what?) celebrities.

supes #normcore. #celebs #theyrejustlikeus

As AdWeek says slyly, “Gap is redefining the concept of normal from that of a collective norm to an individual belief. In other words, it now believes in normal relativism.”

Look, I of all people shouldn’t take issue with this, especially after I trashed the good people at Mini for trashing normal as boring not too long ago. 

Also, for another time, but I believe in December 2012, I was in fact talking about normcore. 

I digress. 

But these ideas just seem to be playing out a little too literally, don’t they?

fastcompany:

Sleep-Tracking Data Shows Who Was Jolted Awake By The Napa Earthquake
At 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck 9 miles south of Napa. It was the strongest quake to hit the Bay Area since 1989.
Now data prepared by Jawbone data scientist Brian Wilt gives us some insight into how strong the jolt was, using anonymous biometric data taken from thousands of Up health trackers worn by NorCal users affected by the quake. 
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Sleep-Tracking Data Shows Who Was Jolted Awake By The Napa Earthquake

At 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck 9 miles south of Napa. It was the strongest quake to hit the Bay Area since 1989.

Now data prepared by Jawbone data scientist Brian Wilt gives us some insight into how strong the jolt was, using anonymous biometric data taken from thousands of Up health trackers worn by NorCal users affected by the quake. 

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Brilliant Insight: Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson

One of the more interesting differences I’ve found in researching Gen X and Gen Y on behalf of a handful of brands over the last few years is their shifting opinion of advertising and what we used to call “selling out.”

As the clever people at YPulse put it, "For Boomers and Gen Xers, the idea of “selling out” was an artistic sin. Artists and fans alike looked down on the commercialization of the music they lived by. Flash forward a few decades and to say things have changed is an understatement of extreme proportions. Millennial artists and fans not only see commercial music use as a norm; they embrace it. Musicians have moved from merely performing and licensing their songs for big brands, to using their images to create products and brands themselves.”

That generational insight sits at the heart of the latest anti-tobacco Truth campaign that aired just now during the VMAs. Cleverly driving home the idea that in a celebrity culture where adorning yourself in sponsored goods is completely acceptable, the Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson idea is brilliant. Check out the site and spot below. 

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Ikea may not kill Ikeahackers fan-site after all

A good move to embrace the fandoms. As we said before, IKEA could learn from LEGO’s approach to working with the AFOL community. 

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Ikeahackers — a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea’s newly launched, empty “online community” — were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction.

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designersofthings:

Reducing the Digital Distraction with Haptics: Featured Speaker Jack Lindsay
Haptics refers to tactile technology that recreates the sense of touch. Perhaps the most common example of haptics is your smartphone vibrating when you receive a notification. But vibrating phones are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this more natural interaction. 
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designersofthings:

Reducing the Digital Distraction with Haptics: Featured Speaker Jack Lindsay

Haptics refers to tactile technology that recreates the sense of touch. Perhaps the most common example of haptics is your smartphone vibrating when you receive a notification. But vibrating phones are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this more natural interaction. 

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Well, this is delightful. 

considertheaesthetic:

"The strategy was simple, we can’t design another ‘me too’ product, Legend was sick of seeing the same looking things on the shelves, they wanted something that offered the market something new and unexpected. With ‘Stories worth sharing’ as our central strategy, we developed product names, brands and packaging that leveraged local BC legends and created custom illustrations to bring the stories to life on the bottles. We wanted every detail to be considered, from container selection, non-traditional colour selections and print finishings to create something that stands out from the crowd."

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Hoteliers Take Note, Robots Give Remote Tours of The Tate

Thanks in large part to Google, the days of landing on a hotel website and getting one of those clumsy 360 tours that almost crashes your browser are over. But those fancy 360 tours are often perfectly shot and beautifully coded and while they give visitors an accurate idea of the place, they don’t capture the actual experience. 

Sure, you can have equally archaic and browser-crashing live cams installed but what about robots? 

The Tate Modern in the UK has just launched this quirky and quite fabulous program, wherein robots will roam the galleries by night, and viewers can remote in to the tour. Check out After Dark: 

fastcompany:

A new website from a couple MIT grads lets customers haggle for high-end, locally made products.
Haggling is an age-old tradition at marketplaces around the world, but price negotiations between merchants and buyers haven’t quite made their way into the world of e-commerce.
Theorem, a San Francisco-based startup headed by MIT grads Ryan Jackson and Adam Roberts, is trying to change that.
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fastcompany:

A new website from a couple MIT grads lets customers haggle for high-end, locally made products.

Haggling is an age-old tradition at marketplaces around the world, but price negotiations between merchants and buyers haven’t quite made their way into the world of e-commerce.

Theorem, a San Francisco-based startup headed by MIT grads Ryan Jackson and Adam Roberts, is trying to change that.

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