Royal College of Art, graduate Morten Grønning explains how he adapted an electric kitchen knife to make a prototype glove for carving hard materials. Grønning's Happaratus glove features a pair of abrasive pads on its fingertips, which move back and forth in a reciprocating motion, enabling the wearer to sculpt materials like wood or stone with their hands.
To demonstrate how the tool could be used, Grønning gave the prototype to a number of wood and stone sculptors to test it out. He claims the feedback was very positive.
"The whole prototyping phase was about finding a way to build a tool so I could give them out and have people test it," he explains. "The main feedback was that, as you are creating a curve, you know the shape through the haptic feedback. So you are understanding the shape as you make it."
Grønning has since built a series of more refined prototypes, which all feature a pair of reciprocating sandpaper pads that are able to sculpt materials like balsa wood, sandstone and plaster. However, he hopes to develop a version of the glove with much tougher interchangeable blades. These would be connected to an electric motor on the back of the glove via flexible shafts along the fingers, granting the wearer full dexterity.
Grønning hopes that with further development, he'll be able to produce a much more tactile replacement for conventional power tools.
"For an artisan it's really desirable to get as close to the material as possible," he says. "With this tool you cannot get any closer."
by JADE MOYANO
Philadelphia-based photographer Andre Rucker has created this series of conceptual still life photographs to illustrate the versatility of nature.
“Produced Illusion” as he calls the series, is exactly what it sounds- a well styled, produced, illusionary view of everyday objects repurposed.
Styling by Dewey Saunders
Blinklifier is a wearable computer that amplifies human blinking and minimizes the use of intrusive devices on the face such as heavy glasses and electromyography. It follows the natural eye muscles' contractions, extending that motion into a visible light array that changes pattern depending on the blinking gesture. Fake eyelashes were metalized to capture the blinking motion and a conductive material was used as eyeliner to connect the eyelashes with the wearable device. Blinklifier uses LEDs to create the blinking patterns in the headpiece and is prototyped using an Arduino microcontroller.
- Tricia Flanagan (artist),
- EQA (chemical lab for metalizing eyelashes),
- Dicky Ma (photo),
- Gutekunst/Frey (video).
FLESS is London-based art direction collective centered upon fashion and design. Run by Antoine Foulot and Raphael Theolade, FLESS works with photography, film and animation in a playful, colorful, minimalist, lo-fi, and creative atmosphere.
Tali Furman, one of the highlights of the collective, is a textile designer specializing in prints and fabric development. Underpinned by a passionate curiosity and a desire to continually strive to explore and understand more, her designs bring ideas together in ways that are dynamic though perhaps not immediately obvious.
by ANI TZENKOVA
Swarovski, best known for their blingy crystals, has a history of innovative collaborations with product and fashion designers. Nearly 8 years ago, a collaboration with Swarovski and Hussein Chalayanresulted in the first wearable tech garments, decorated with crystals and lasers, to be shone on the runway.
No stranger to fashion tech, Swarovski’s latest fashion tech collaboration is with Misfit. The offerings radically reconsider the materials that tech products can be constructed from. To note, the Misfit Shine set itself apart from other activity trackers by creating an elegant activity tracker, minimal in design, entirely constructed from metal not plastic. Now the Shine is available with a crystal surface that allows the LED lights (indicating a user’s progress) to glimmer through the faceted glass interface.
A purple solar-powered version is also available for pre-order which Misfit claims will never need external charging.
Let's pause here for a second to focus on the significance of this particular feature.
If the solar-powered Shine works as promised, one of the greatest usability hurdles that affects a user’s persistent use will be entirely eliminated, moving us one step closer from perceiving these products from being gadgets to authentic lifestyle products. And for that alone Misfit deserves to be lauded.
Whether bling is your thing or not, the Swarovski Shine is simply another voice to add to Misfit’s accessory collection.
Personally, I prefer studs to shine, leather to lace, but I can appreciate a brave fashion risk when I see one.
The collection, including several new accessories for the all-metal Shine, is available for pre-order here.