Glass Handbag illuminates the darkest parts of a woman’s purse
May24

Glass Handbag illuminates the darkest parts of a woman’s purse

Editor’s Note:  Third Wave Fashion helps fashion brands, technology companies, and publishers do amazing things in the quickly merging worlds of fashion and tech, and publish a print magazine about fashion tech, the future of commerce, and wearables. The following is a post shared from the fashion tech think tank. Check back soon for more TWF interviews. Sometimes the best wearable tech can be the simplest kind. Glass Handbag is an accessories company that puts patented, built-in lighting systems into their handbags to help the carrier find what they need (keys, phone) quickly. Recently we spoke with Glass Handbag’s designer Tamara Leuty to tell us more. Describe Glass Handbag. Glass Handbag is all about beautiful, visually interesting pieces made with the best quality materials. Additionally, each bag is made with a durable light panel built inside. Glass Handbags are not only good looking, but they help to ease your day-to-day life. Searching feverishly through your handbag in a dark parking lot or restaurant for your keys, money, lipstick, etc. is a think of the past. We like to think Glass Handbag is therefore the ultimate luxury handbag. This is the standard we hold ourselves to each season. What was your inspiration behind creating Glass Handbag? When I was as young as a teenager, it occurred to me that a light inside a handbag would be beyond ideal. As the years went on, my frustration with rummaging through the black hole to find what I needed when I needed it became way too great. I got tired of waiting for someone else to make this type of bag, and went ahead and decided to do it myself. So I began the journey of research and development. I quickly fell in love with this process which would go on for multiple years until the technology and designs were truly perfect. What sets Glass Handbag apart from other wearables? Hopefully the design; I work really hard to make the bags unique. I don’t want to follow the trends, I want to make the trends, or just challenge myself. For me there is no point in making a common looking bag. I love it when people say to me something like, “I have never seen a bag like that.” The light function is really just the icing on top. What has been one of the most challenging parts of getting started? How did you overcome this and what did you learn? The most challenging parts of getting started are; getting the name out there, marketing, the basic cost of development, and the patience to make it just right. I am always making modifications to make every bag better....

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The Muse headband for mind-management
May15

The Muse headband for mind-management

Editor’s Note:  Third Wave Fashion helps fashion brands, technology companies, and publishers do amazing things in the quickly merging worlds of fashion and tech, and publish a print magazine about fashion tech, the future of commerce, and wearables. The following is a post shared from the fashion tech think tank. Check back soon for more TWF interviews. Now here’s something truly new: A piece of wearable tech that keeps both your body and your mind fit. There are a lot of fitness wearables out there that help consumers track their vitals, but we found a company that created a fitness tool that uses your brain waves to achieve the same goals, but with more benefits. We got the scoop on the Muse headband straight from InteraXon’s CEO and Co-founder, Ariel Garten. Describe Muse. Muse, the brain-sensing headband by InteraXon, is a brain fitness tool that helps you do more with your mind, and more with your life. Muse detects your brain signals during a focused-attention exercise the same way a heart rate monitor detects your heart rate during physical exercise.  This measurement gives you valuable in the moment feedback that you can use to train your brain today, and over time, to reduce stress, increase focus and productivity and improve cognitive function through guided exercises with the Calm app (available on iTunes + Google Play). What was your inspiration behind creating Muse? To begin with, I had an entire team and my co-founders building Muse with me. For us as a whole, our inspiration was about helping people understand and know their own mind. For me, in particular, my inspiration was helping women know that they don’t need to be held back by the voices in their head, the thoughts they have, and the negative dialogue that we use to beat ourselves up. Women are always trying to be perfect, to look our best, to be our best while in reality we are our best. There is nothing that we as women need to do to try to get there; but we have these voices that push and tell us that we are not doing well enough. This causes us insecurity, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Women end up afraid of really acting and doing what we need to do in this world. So my motivation was to help people, women in particular, to stop beating themselves up, to shut down those voices, and be free to accomplish and achieve, with glorious peaceful confidence, what they want to in their own lives. What sets Muse apart from other wearables? Other wearables tend to be tech focused devices that track your body movement, or wearables that are...

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A modern mood ring: Moodmetric’s smart jewelry reads your emotions
May11

A modern mood ring: Moodmetric’s smart jewelry reads your emotions

Editor’s Note:  Third Wave Fashion helps fashion brands, technology companies, and publishers do amazing things in the quickly merging worlds of fashion and tech, and publish a print magazine about fashion tech, the future of commerce, and wearables. The following is a post shared from the fashion tech think tank. Check back soon for more TWF interviews.   This Finnish startup provides an intriguing wearable: Imagine wearing a ring that can track your emotions, which can then help you to learn to control those emotions. We were fascinated to hear about such smart jewelry so we caught up with Moodmetric’s COO, Niina Venho, to find out more. Describe Moodmetric. Moodmetric is a startup based in Finland providing wearable technology for emotional wellbeing. It develops tools to measure stress and other cognitive load. The company vision is to help people to understand the loading and calming factors of life and know their emotional limits. Tell us about the Moodmetric ring. Stress and anxiety seem to present in our lives for good. Curing them with medication creates further problems, and people are seeking other methods. The Moodmetric ring helps in understanding what causes distress and what calms the mind. There are great applications, on-line tools, practices, courses, and coaches – we hope that everyone finds their best way for winding down. The Moodmetric ring can be the first step in analyzing one’s emotions, what affects them, and what can help to calm the racing mind. The Moodmetric Ring is a biosensor tracking emotional intensity. The combined smartphone app shows the tracked data as on-line measurement or daily figures uploaded at convenience. What inspired you to create the Moodmetric ring? The inventor Henry Rimminen has a Ph.D. in electronics. He was familiar with the electrodermal activity (EDA) measurement used in psychological research and wanted to see if it can be implemented in a ring form. EDA tells about emotional levels of the wearer and is a perfect indicator of the emotional load. He got the ring working, and he decided it needed to be made available for everyone. From the beginning it was a goal for us to make the ring beautiful. Wearing a carefully crafted piece of jewel lifts the mood – the tech inside helps to improve it even more! What sets your jewelry apart from other wearables? The Moodmetric Ring is not a fitness tracker nor an incoming call alert. It takes care of your emotions, and you can for instance score your meditation training without taking a single step. It is an elegant Scandinavian design product that subtly reads you. What has been the hardest obstacle for you in creating your jewelry? What has...

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