Barbie Lights up the Toy Fair in LED Dress

The Barbie Digital Dress Doll hit the New York Toy Fair last week and my inbox and Facebook went wild with excitement and sharing. 

The dress is black with the latest touch-screen technology that allows girls to create and select their own animated digital designs to appear on her dress.

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MIDI Controller Jackets Joystick Hoodies

New Venture: Agent of Presence

You my have noticed I've have not been posting regularly on iHeartSwitch for some time now. While iHeartSwitch is still my baby, I've been nurturing another venture.  

Now, for the first time in over a year, I can share it with you. 

The company is Agent of Presence and we create high-end fashion accessories infused with technology. 

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ELLE Magazine's Solar Bag Project

photo: Rogan bag taken Len Lagrua

I was searching through my favorite fashion technology blogs and found some designer solar bags way back in 2010. Elle Magazine teamed up with designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Rogan, Loomstate, and Vena Cava to create ELLE/Portable Light Project bags. The bags are to were auctioned off on Ebay to support the Portable Light Project. Most looked amazing, some were just technology stuck to an old bag design, like DVF. My favorite is the one above by Rogan. 

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DVF and Google Glass - It's not about the glasses

The thing about fashion and technology is that it isn't about the technology at all. It is about sharing, augmenting, and expressing who we are as human beings. Technology is a tool, albeit sometimes a powerful tool, but it is not a replacement for what is in our hearts and what we desire. 

So when Diane Von Furstenberg put Google Glasses on her team and models this year, this was something I had to see.  I'll be the first to admit, I was skeptical seeing Google Glass on the runway. The glasses look frumpy and cold. But, a look past the ugly frames of technology and you can find inspiration. Watch below. 

‎"When I was younger, I didn't know what I wanted to do, except the woman I wanted to be. I wanted to be on the go, and to be able to pay my own bills and I so much wanted to be independent. My goal in life is to tell every girl, every woman, that they can be the woman they want to be" - Diana Von Furstenberg.

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Heartbeat Dress at Studio64!

I am showcasing the Presence of Heart Dress for Studio64, a San Francisco Fashion Technology Event at Club Temple. If you can't make it, please be sure to check out the beauitful photos of the dress by Wonwoo Lee the heartbeat dress site: http://heartbeat.agentofpresence.com

Event Information: 

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

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What will fashion be like in the year 2000?

Clip of how the future of fashion was seen by designers in the 1930's!

How do you think these 1930s designers would feel watching the NYC Fashion Week shows with Diane von Furstenberg's use of Google glasses as accessories on the the runway?

via nydailynews.com

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Anya's LED Glitter Clutch

Anya Hindmarch's LED clutch and whimsical accessories show for Autum/Winter 2012 is a testiment to how tech is glamorous. 

The only downfall is the kitchy toy box the clutch comes in, which looks more like a toy box than an elegant presenation. 

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Paco Rabanne's 1969 Fashion Collection Video

The only designers that impact our sensabilities as a culture try something totally new, work with unique materials, and challenge our idea of fashion and wearability.

Paco Rabanne is one such designer.

In 1969, the same year as the Moon Landing, he presented the world with a haute couture collection made up of metal and plastics (seen above). I am impressed by the video and find it reminencent of the kinds of designs that we find today with Iris Van Herpen and Hussein Chalayan.

Via: The MOD ONE

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Wearable Fitness Coach

Electricfoxy's done it again!

"Fitness and fashion technology come together in Move, a body-tracking garment that can tell when you're slouching and when you're stretching."

via cnet

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