Innovation

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  1. The Secret to Making Wearables That People Actually Want?
    Last September, right around spring/winter Fashion Week, an unexpected group of people gathered for a round table discussion at the main offices of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in New York City.
  2. Robotic Technology in the Service of Fashion
    Two companies receiving support from the Business Incubator in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid’s (UC3M) Science Park are innovating the field of fashion by using technology based in robotics.
  3. Google Hangouts on iOS Now Looks Like WhatsApp Messenger
    Google gave its Hangouts app for iOS a complete overhaul on Thursday — one that will look very familiar to users of other mainstream messaging apps.
  4. New RVA-Based Payments Startup Launches at National Technology Festival
    Two Richmond area entrepreneurs launched their online payment technology startup Wednesday in front of an audience of thousands in San Francisco.

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  1. Wearable Technology: Why We Should Look to Businesses to Show Us the Way
    Fred Armisen’s fumbling exploration of Google Glass on Saturday Night Live last May brilliantly satirized the challenges facing wearables.
  2. Coach Outflanking Vuitton in China With $400 Handbags
    Corina Su aspires to someday own a handbag or shoes from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton (MC) or Gucci. For now, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, or Coach will do.
  3. Eric Schmidt Encourages World Changing Tech Innovation By Giving Away $1 Million as Prize
    Technology can solve the most pressing problems of the world, or at least that’s what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt believes.
  4. Smart Jewelry is Proving Wearable Tech Doesn’t Have to Be Hideous
    Ladies and fashion fans, the world of wearable tech is finally swinging your way.

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  1. ShopSocially CEO: How Fashion Startups Must Harness Social Media
    Social media is a potential game changer for fashion startups, letting them stretch what is often a shoestring marketing budget to compete with much bigger brands for customer awareness and dollars.
  2.  Wearable Technology Set to Wow At Mobile World Congress
    Handi, portable, smartphone or simply a telephone. Whatever you want to call it, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona promises to showcase the best of the best.
  3. InteraXon Making Waves With Brain-Sensing Headband
    Fashion-friendly headband device designed to help calm hyperactive minds and improve concentration.
  4. Five retail trends to watch in 2014
    More than 2,000 local retailers, developers and franchisees gathered at the Gaylord National last week to discuss the changing retail industry.

 

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  1. Wearable Tech: Fashion That Looks Good and Reads Your Mind
    From Google Glass to health-tracking wristbands, it’s no secret wearable tech is on the rise. But just how far can technology enthusiasts and fashion designers see into the future?
  2. Pay Attention to These 8 Emerging Tech Hubs
    The world is well versed in the global innovation boom, but have you heard of what’s going on in Cyprus, Sweden or North Carolina?
  3. Poshmark’s Founder: Why Mobile Is Eating His Industry
    Manish Chandra, CEO of Poshmark, made a big bet on mobile when he launched his used-clothing e-commerce service.
  4. Nadella on Finding a ‘New Formula’ for Innovation at Microsoft
    One of the toughest tasks on new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s to-do list is figuring out how to shake Microsoft out of its innovation trap.

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  1. WhatsApp: Facebook Acquires Messaging Service in $19bn Deal
    Massive purchase is Facebook’s largest ever and comes after Google reportedly made $1bn offer for the company last year.
  2. eBay brings virtual fitting room into living rooms with PhiSix buy
    E-commerce company eBay Inc. has purchased virtual fitting room creator PhiSix Fashion Labs, giving its clothing shoppers the option to try on clothes before buying.
  3. 4 Startup Tech Trends to Look for in 2014
    2014 is off to a great start, and these four tech trends look to be a major component in the direction of startup tech companies this year.
  4. Innovation: first Porter call
    Running IT for a company built on quality and innovation would be enough pressure to turn many a CIO away.

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  1. Marty McFly’s Self-Tying Laces a Reality of the Not-Too-Distant Future
    Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield has whipped up excitement with his revelation that trainers with self-tying laces, like those worn by Michael J. Fox in Back To The Future II, will be unveiled in 2015
  2. Israeli Start-Ups Make Online Shopping Easier
    Apps that bring together fashion and technology are the focus of a competitive pitch night on Google’s Tel Aviv campus.

  3. Cuff Blends Jewelry With a Wearable Alert System
    For some fashionistas wearables can be clunky and don’t aesthetically combine well with the other jewelry that women and men may have on their wrists such as bracelets, or a watch but Cuff is hoping to change this.
  4. Siemens Closes New $100M Fund For Innovation in Manufacturing Tech
    The venture arm of European engineering company Siemens, Siemens Venture Capital, has launched a new $100 million “Industry of the Future” fund for early-stage startups, the firm announced today.

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  1. Fendi Partners With Google to Livestream Runway Show
    Fendi and Google have teamed up to create a new catwalk experience and are installing cameras on drones, powered by Parrot.
  2. What Happens When Data Geeks Run a Fashion Label?
    Business intelligence and data analytics are not words you usually hear uttered at a fashion label. But for Andrew Wolf and Gonçalo Reis, founders of Singapore-based fashion company Lift12, these terms are bread and butter.
  3. Photos Become Ads With New Technology
    A new technology starting to catch the attention of publishers, especially outside the United States, could further feed the debate over native advertising by turning any visual element on a web page, including editorial photographs and videos, into advertisements.
  4. U.S. Speed Skaters Struggle: Are High-Tech Suits to Blame?
    The U.S. speed skating team is desperately trying to make sense of its miserable performance during the first week of the Winter Olympics – and much of the speculation has turned to a new high-tech skin suit.

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  1. Why This Year Will Be Huge For Wearable Tech
    Shipments of smart wearable bands – currently a relatively small sector in the technology industry – are set to grow by mammoth proportions this year, according to independent analyst Canalys.
  2. Nokia designs ‘smart skirt’ for London Fashion Week
    Technology is in for fall, right? Nokia’s new skirt is made from 35 Nokia Lumina 1520 smartphones and changes with the model’s movements. It debuts at London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday.
  3. The 10 Best Startup Websites
    When it comes to startups, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of new ones every year here are some that caught our eye.
  4. Marigay McKee Is the New Master of Saks Fifth Avenue
    When Marigay McKee needed to recharge between top gigs at Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue, where she recently took over as president, she did something unusual: She climbed more than 17,000 feet, to Mount Everest’s base camp.

Apple Store Meetup

Screaming girls and Sherlock Holmes, what a way to open our Apple Store Meetup. If you arrived on time, you would’ve been met with an outpour of Benedict Cumberbatch fans, as we did a swift turn around to get ready for our event.

With a full house, it was time for us to reveal our 2014 Calendar and a special opportunity for founder Liz Bacelar to tell the story behind Decoded Fashion. We unveiled our plans for SXSW and the launch of the Fashion Hackathon and Summit for London this May. Not only that, but this year we have expanded our Meetup to create a global community to uncover the best tech in fashion. January saw us head to Toronto, whilst in March we will be in Dublin, Berlin and Singapore.

Up next fit solutions go to war Fits.me and Metail- let battle commence!! With the CEO’s of both discussing different approaches to the problem of fit and how they are bringing return rates down. There is no doubt the tech is great but do customers use it? With the key issues across fit solutions being 3D representation, digitising clothes cheaply and size/shape of people against size/shape of clothing. It’s also about understanding consumer mindset and behaviour, do they need to learn to use a fit tool? And the bigger question to be asked to the retailers, do they prefer conversion sells vs reduced return? With both solutions collecting a huge database of “body shapes”, it’s clear that there is further potential in this data, yet to be put into practise. With Metail CEO Tom Adeyoola closing with “the past 5 years have been about putting infinite things on the internet, the next 5 will be about making choices”.

Diffusing the debate, CEO, Runar Reistrup introduces Depop, a mobile shopping app, that could be described as a little like Instagram with a buy button.  Yes, it is another social shopping app but what stands out is it’s network of influential sellers and it’s clever use of high profile social figures to help onboard users. It’s a great way for emerging designers to sell directly to the consumer, with Designer Katie Eary using Depop to sell her designs straight from the runway.

And finally, what a breath of fresh air when ShuffleHub’s two young founders took to the stage. With a dramatic intro and a book on the floor here is Shufflehub “taking away the work and bringing the feel good” to shopping. Taking us through the UX golden rules and introducing us to a humorous testing regime on hungover friends. “We get out friends drunk, and make them sleep over” just to prove it’s easy to use. Aiming for the purest and simplest browsing on the internet, one big button, easy shopping for when you don’t know what you want and also for when you do. We have a good feeling about these boys!

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H&M Addresses The Future Of Sustainable Fashion In A Live-Panel Discussion
With the launch of their Conscious Exclusive collection, swedish retailer H&M brought together eco-fashion insiders & Vogue to discuss the future of sustainable fashion. Check out the livestream on Refinery29.

Christian Louboutin ups digital prowess with first Asian social channels
Christian Louboutin excels its digital engagement by tapping into the Asian market by joining Chinese social network Sina Weibo and video-sharing sites Youku and Tudou. Luxury Daily has more.

Warby Parker Co-Founder: Creating a Strong Brand Without Marketing [PSFK 2013]
Neil Blumenthal shares the history of Warby Parker and tells PSFK that it was the great customer experience that spread the word, not marketing.

See self-assembly and 4D printing in action
TED shares the impressive findings and innovation in 4D-printing by Self-Assembly Lab & 3D-printing giant Stratasys.