Technology creates smarter clothes

Technology creates smarter clothesThis is another prediction involving technology and using the online web. We found this story really interesting and decided to re-post it here with full attribution to the author. We are unsure as to how far this concept will go, since it has been the traditional garb of the James Bond types. Google is working on glasses that let you browse the web and do your email. You never know what will turn up in the future.  Hope you enjoy this article as much as we did.

Fashion: ‘Technology creates smarter clothes’

Fashion is such an important part of the way in which we communicate our identity to others, For a very long time it’s meant dress: the textile garments on our body. But in the coming decades, I think there will be much more emphasis on other manifestations of fashion. Also different ways of communicating with each other, different ways of creating a sense of belonging and of making us feel great about ourselves.

We’re already designing our identities online – manipulating imagery to tell a story about ourselves. Instead of meeting in the street or in a bar and having a conversation and looking at what each other is wearing. We’re communicating in some depth through these new channels. With clothing, I think it’s possible that we’ll see a polarization between items that are very practical and those that are very much about display – and maybe these are not things that you own but that you borrow or share.

Technology is already being used to create clothing that fits better and is smarter; it is able to transmit a degree of information back to you. This is partly driven by customer demand. The desire to know where clothing comes from. So we’ll see tags on garments that tell you where every part of it was made. Some of this, I suspect, will be legislation-driven, too, for similar reasons. Particularly as resources become scarcer and it becomes increasingly important to recognize water and carbon footprints.

Fashion Changes

However, it’s not simply an issue of functionality. Fashion’s gone through a big cycle in the last 25 years – from being something that was treasured and cherished to being something that felt disposable, because of a drop in prices. In fact, we’ve completely changed our relationship towards clothes and there’s a real feeling among designers who I work with that they’re trying to work back into their designs an element of emotional content.

I think there’s definitely a place for technology in creating a dialogue with you through your clothes

Dilys Williams, designer and the director for sustainable fashion at the London College of Fashion

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Even today consumers are customizing their smart phones and their iPads etc. They make them fit into their clothing styles and make fashion statements. There are all kinds of covers for iPhones. For example that come in a variety of practical colors and shapes with and with out covers and protection for screens. This is just the beginning of what we as writers believes will be a significant change in technology and how we use it in the future.

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Web Internet Predictions

Web Internet PredictionsThe following was an interesting set of web internet predictions that we read on the web and we found it so interesting, we decided to re-post it here with full attribution to the author. We do not often do this, however some of these ideas are really neat. We wanted to make them available to our readers.

If you have already seen them just skip to the next post. Also please do leave a comment about what you think the predictions will be for the future. We live in an exciting world and the possibilities going into the future are just astounding. This post was originally written in 2015. Of course depending on when you are reading this, some of these predictions may have already come to be, while others may not.

Web/internet: ‘Quantum computing is the future’

The open web created by idealist geeks, hippies and academics, who believed in the free and generative flow of knowledge, is being overrun by a web that is safer, more controlled and commercial, created by problem-solving pragmatists.

Henry Ford worked out how to make money by making products people wanted to own and buy for themselves. Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are working out how to make money from allowing people to share, on their terms.

Facebook and Apple are spawning cloud capitalism. Which consumers allow companies to manage information, media, ideas, money, software, tools and preferences on their behalf. Hence they are holding everything in vast, floating clouds of shared data. We will be invited to trade invasions into our privacy – companies knowing ever more about our lives – for a more personalized service. For example we will be able to share, but on their terms.

Julian Assange and the movement that has been ignited by WikiLeaks is the most radical version of the alternative: a free, egalitarian, open and public web. The fate of this movement will be a sign of things to come. If it can command broad support, then the open web has a chance to remain a mainstream force. If, however, it becomes little more than a guerrilla campaign, then the open web could be pushed to the margins, along with national public radio

By 2035, the web, as a single space largely made up of webpages accessed on computers, will be long gone.

Mobile Web

As the web goes mobile, those who pay more will get faster access. As a result we will be sharing videos, simulations, experiences and environments. For example this will be accomplished on a multiplicity of devices to which we’ll pay as much attention as a light switch.

Yet, many of the big changes of the next 25 years will come from unknowns working in their bedrooms and garages. Also by 2035 we will be talking about the coming of quantum computing. Which will take us beyond the world of binary, digital computing, on and off, black and white, 0s and 1s.

The small town of Waterloo, Ontario is home to the Perimeter Institute. It is funded by the founder of BlackBerry. It is currently houses the largest collection of theoretical physicists in the world.

The bedrooms of Waterloo are where the next web may well be made.

Charles Leadbeater, author and social entrepreneur. For more predictions, click here.


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