Vans are definitely not the footwear of choice for people seeking a sophisticated, well-heeled look. If you wear Disney-themed Converse, that's particularly true — but that still won't stop me buying up every pair of these Disney Vans I can lay my childlike hands on.
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A new chameleon-inspired "e-skin" that changes colour the longer and harder you press on it could help engineers design wearables, prosthetics, and robots that are better at sensing pressure and temperature — just like human skin can.
Motorcycle jackets with built-in airbags are far from being a new life-saving innovation, but Dainese's new Misano 1000 works completely independent of the bike being ridden, increasing the odds of it inflating when it's needed most.
Since it's already dirty, there's really no reason not to just throw all your laundry on the floor, right? But if you've got a partner or roommate who says otherwise, Wham-O's got a pretty sweet laundry bag with a basketball hoop attached so putting away dirty laundry is just like making free-throws.
Some would consider it as sacrilegious as when Coke dabbled with its classic formula back in the '80s, but after 98 years Converse has updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. On the outside they look nearly identical, but on the inside the Chuck II is actually far more comfy for your feet.
After the perfect top to wear to your next party? Auckland University of Technology student Matt Martin might be able to help you out with his "Wearable Beacon" T-shirt, which uses a combination of electronic devices to detect and respond to the presence of wireless signals, include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
For an incredibly simple concept — keeping you dry — rain jackets have involved into awfully complicated products. Air flow rates, water pressure resistance, durable water repellent coatings, hard shells, soft shells... the list of technical terms goes on. Here's what they all mean, and how you can use them to find the best jacket for you.
The first time around, Google Glass wasn't exactly a runaway hit. But the technology behind it will certainly be improved to the point where it can eventually be integrated into a regular pair of glasses. And for when that day gets here, there's now a novel and subtle way to navigate your wearable display using the belt around your waist.
Even if you're not a celebrity, some of us just don't like having our picture taken and spread around social media. Until now, assaulting the person behind the camera was the only way to make it stop, but Betabrand's new Flashback clothing turns the photographer's gear against them by reflecting the light from a flash and using it to obscure the photo and your identity.
Sneaker freaks have their fingers crossed that Nike will be able to deliver power laces in time for when Back to the Future II predicted we'd all be wearing them. But what about the rest of our clothing? Who wants to be bothered zipping up a jacket when your shoes automatically lace themselves? So Adam Whiton and MIT's Personal Robots Group have already been hard at work developing, and perfecting, automatic zippers.
A blazer and jeans is just about the official uniform for stand-up comics with a modicum of success, and to guarantee you keep bringing down the house once you've made it, the folks at Adafruit have put together a tutorial showing you how to make a jacket with a built-in laugh track (and other useful sound effects).
=Scientists at Stanford have unveiled a new clothing material made of cotton coated in silver nanowire. This fabric is breathable, lightweight and incredibly warm.