New York-based designer Olivia Barr created a real, functioning spy camera made of wood that’s been laser-cut to look like a 2D camera pendant. She calls it the Not-A-Camera. It’s only half an inch thick, cleverly conceals both a camera and a microphone and is capable of recording high quality video as well as photos.
"I originally made NOT-A-CAMERA as a gift for my grandma, Olivia Barr, who is 101 years old. I’m named after her and the third generation Olivia in my family. She started taking photos in her 90s and I wanted to make her a camera that was light and easy to use."
Barr’s Not-A-Camera is available for purchase via Etsy. It includes a mirror-front version for taking selfies. If you get one for yourself, you can share the photos (or video) created with it right here on Tumblr at notacamera.
Because one may ask: what does the Google Glass provide that the world hasn’t already seen? The Google Glass sports a camera with which one may capture live photos, it has Google Maps preinstalled, and it can translate one language to another. But then, a smartphone can do all of these and more. Isn’t it highly improbable and impractical that one would buy a pair of glasses just to look like a dork?
"If you look at other wearable pieces of functional technology, there’s a reason they’re not ubiquitous. There’s a reason we all make fun of someone wearing a Bluetooth or a BlackBerry holster," said Daniella Yacobovsky, co-founder of BaubleBar, an online jewellery retailer. "Is it useful? Of course it is. Do I look like a tool? Yeah. I’m not going to wear it."
I consider Google Glass in the same league of innovations as it brings regular activities closer to our senses and makes those activities much easier and faster to execute. What would you prefer? Saying “OK Glass. Take a photo” or taking out your phone, enabling the camera, pointing and shooting? Would you like running into the room to fetch your video camera to record the first steps of your daughter or would you prefer saying “OK Glass. Record this”?
As Google and other companies begin to build wearable technology like glasses and watches, an industry not known for its fashion sense is facing a new challenge — how to be stylish. […] In a sign of how acute the challenge is for Google, the company is negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames…
Technology made its mark at New York Fashion Week this year with the rise of social media on the runway. […] People are using social media for wardrobe advice, inspiration and the latest trends. Top fashion accounts live tweeted from the shows and two brands, Badgley Mischka and Bergdorf Goodman, co-previewed their collections exclusively on Pinterest. Fashion-related tweets doubled from last year’s events and professional photographers made use of Instagram. […] As the New York shows comes to a close, social media will be a major factor at London Fashion Week starting Friday. Fashionistas can keep track of events and viral moments through a live feed that curates tweets and pictures from attendees.
Everyone in the world wants to look different from the crowd and be unique in their own way. The fashion industry has made a fantastic gesture by making themselves available on social media to mingle with the general public. This will go a long way in increasing their brand value and creating a vast fan-base for their latest fashion accessories. Don’t forget to check out the infographic on Mashable and Tumblr’s own customized tag specially for New York Fashion Week!
"Fashion bloggers prove you don’t need to be an actress or singer to become famous or have a voice, but it’s important to remember that it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot to satisfy the fashion world, and it’s not meant for everyone. Not only do you have to have a unique style and voice, you need to have what it takes to keep up among stiff competition. There’s a fine line between the bloggers that document their day and the bloggers that truly want to create something out of hard work and vision. By starting a fashion blog you are, in a way, starting your own business that requires a lot of responsibility as your monthly viewers rise. No matter what, the different ways fashion blogging as a scene evolves over the next few years will have a massive impact on the industry. Fashion blogging has created a new era of influencers, and its impact is only just beginning."
Stitchtagram is the brainchild of Rachel and Doug Pfeffer, two particularly creative siblings. This ingenious company lets you make Instagram photos into plush, super-cool pillows. Just choose your images—from cute to artistic—and with these custom vouchers, Stitchtagram prints your very own graphic throw pillow!
The belief that the web is not enough for your photos caused us to start this project. We wanted our Instagram photos out in the real world, on something tangible. These pillows will last longer than your phone and they’re more comfortable to nap on.
Stitchtagram usually takes about 3 weeks to put your pillow together and get it in the mail.