Tech of the Week: Wearable Tech Edition
Whether we’re counting down the days until our Pebbles arrive or turning our Big Jambox into a wearable boombox, we love ourselves some portable tech. And, looking at the way trends in technology are leaning, we’re not alone. Here are 20 pieces of wearable tech for you to check out.
1. Google Glasses: Naturally, we have to start with Project Glass. This pair of glasses by Google is an augmented reality display that displays all of the information currently on your smartphone in your line of sight. You control the interaction via voice.
2. USB Pyramid Cuff ($35): Juicy Couture, we didn’t know you had it in you! This cuff is stylish, totally on trend, and happens to be a USB thumb drive as well. Love it!
4. Underarmour E39: This shirt tracks biometrics signals on the wearer and transmits them to your computer or mobile device. These were tested on NFL recruits to detect anything from heart rate to analyzing an athlete’s individual body movements to make for better coaching.
5. USB Locket ($229): We’ve written about this one before, but it’s one of a few things that sparked our interest in wearable tech. The techie-ness is hidden but oh so handy.
6. Safety Pin Flash Drive (concept): Handy in more ways than one, and easy to keep track of, this safety pin flash drive is the perfect combo of the grown-up boy scout and data nerd.
9. Lumus Vision: More glasses! These see-through glasses can display the equivalent of an 87 inch screen experience in the glasses. They allow you to watch TV, read email or glance at stock tickers whenever you want. While we’re not totally convinced that these look like “natural-looking, discreet eyewear,” the technology is definitely cool.
10. USB Warming Gloves ($18): Got a long night of coding ahead of you? Keep your hands toasty with gloves that warm you using USB power.
14. LED Eyelashes (concept): Those fake lashes not quite doing it for you? Definitely more an art piece than a cosmetic wearable one, these are quite a take on making sure your eyes light up a room.
15. Fabrican: Fabric in a can, for real. Fabrican has created spray-on fabric that, once sprayed on, can be taken off and washed supposedly like a regular garment. It’s particularly cool when you think of being able to mend or change clothes with a simple spray can. This is definitely something we’d have to see to believe.
16. Scrolling LED Belt Buckle ($25): This one isn’t actually useful but it gets 100 extra points for extreme geekiness. Program up to 6 different messages, each way longer than a tweet.
17. Halo Belt (not yet available): A more useful light-up belt, this belt is geared towards bikers and runners for nighttime safety.
20. Piano Glove ($93): And finally, a piano glove. This is silly, hilarious, and would go gorgeously with a keyboard tie.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)