Out of the box circuit board turns wearable tech into easy DIY project

Board could serve as foundation for new types of wearable tech

Wearable tech is all the rage these days — whether it’s the more traditional item, like a watch . . .

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. . . or something a bit more unique, like your Bluetooth speaker . . .

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. . . if it’s an electronic that can also serve as a complimentary accessory to one’s outfit, then it’s getting worn.

The trouble with this growing industry is the pace with which its popularity is expanding; that is, there are not enough wearable electronics available to satisfy market demand. That’s what makes a project like “MetaWear” so exciting.

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Measuring less than the size of a quarter, MetaWear makes it super easy for even the amateur hobbyist to create hardware and devices for clothing that sync to their smartphone. It operates via a tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform (the only development and production platform designed for wearables) and is compatible with both iOS and Android systems.

These two features alone significantly educe overall cost and time spent prototyping ideas.

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Those who order MetaWear can browse the company’s Github account, which includes API libraries, documents, and sample iOS / Android apps to help get their idea started. Its BLE radio has been CE and FCC certified, and the device is cost and BOM optimized, so if an idea really takes off, there are few hurdles in the way.

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The folks behind MetaWear foresee a range of products that could result from it being put out to the public for research and development, including headbands that count calories and miles run, anti-theft checkers for valuables, a fake phone call trigger, etc.

Right now, the MetaWear is on Kickstarter. It has already surpassed its target goal seven times over. Those who invest $30 will not only receive the MetaWear board but also a rechargeable USB battery, coin vibrator, and a buzzer.

The campaign will be live till May 2. Good luck to the MetaWear folk!

Flask tie brings happy hour wherever you go

Look stylish getting trashed

Nothing complements an Excel spreadsheet better than a fifth of Grandpa’s old cough medicine. The problem, more often than not, is getting the booze into the board room undetected.

But that’s a problem for yesterday thanks to the Flask Tie – a piece of wardrobe that lets you look professional when you walk into the room, but still get trashed while sitting through a PowerPoint.

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Christmas Time Again

What? What? Christmas is coming in 2 weeks. Have you gotten your Christmas sweater yet? Think outside the box. Dress as Christmas-ish as you can. Put some colors on and make it fun. Japanese street fashion is always fun and inspired. They create layered looks by mixing items. Don’t be shy to show your swag on Christmas. You know it’s just once a year.

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Get into the holiday mood

Occupy WHAT

Occupy Wall Street
September 17, 2011 – present


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Occupy what? Who doesn’t know about Occupy Wall Street? It is the growing occupation movement happening on Wall Street and around the world. It began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. The movement has spread to all over the United States and cities around the world. The video above was filmed by Alex Mallis and Lily Henderson. It gives us an inside look of OWS. Although the protesters are from different states different countries, they all have the one same dream. “OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.” (OccupyWallSt.org)

So what else is in OSW? Actually it’s interesting to see what people’re wearing in OSW. Liberty Square probably is a “fashion landmark” recently. You might find all kind of styles there, even more than the runway. Forget about those brand names and trends, they dress as who they really are. They speak up their minds and fight for their rights. Check out Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street below and get more ideas.


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If you’re in OWS, please please bring your BoomBot.
Show our support and play your music loud.


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New People

New People is a 3 floors glass building, which is located at Japantown, 1746 Post Street. New People is San Francisco based and founded by Seiji Horibuchi. He also founded VIZ Media, which is one of the largest publishers of Japanese entrainment media in the US. New People is a first-of-its-kind destination devoted to film, fashion, art and design goods. It fosters creative collaborations with artists, filmmakers, fashion labels, and design labels as well. It introduces us Japanese pop cultures that we have never heard or seen.

Walking into the building, there’s a retail section and a cafe. You can find lots of creative design goods and some of them are limited edition. Finding a gift for your friend’s birthday? New People has lots of choices for you and they’re fun, for sure. Feel like having a coffee and some snacks? Its cafe served Blue Bottle Coffee and its original Macha Latte and teas. Atelier Kawashima’s macarons would be perfect to have with the drinks. Craving for more shopping? New People also has fashion lines in the store, such as BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, h.NAOTO, and SOU.SOU. If you’re addicted indie films, don’t miss its cinema on the basement floor. It presents different films every week. You must find one you like.