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Show Your Heart Spark for Valentine's Day

If you don't feel like wearing your heart on your sleeve this Valentines Day, try wearing it as a necklace.

Eric Boyd of Sensebridge, designed this wonderful heart-shaped circuit that blinks with the beating of your heart. It reads from a Polar transmitter that you wear around your chest and shares your most intimate biological information with anyone watching. 

The Heart Spark V1.0 is being sold at a trial price of $69 plus shipping & handling, you can purchase it here: http://sensebridge.net/projects/heart-spark/

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Singular Blonde: Social Attack of Telepresence Robot

Last week, at SU, one of my team members (Let's call him Robot Brad) logged into a webpage from a remote location and visited us at Singularity. He wondered the halls and talked to us through the Willow Garage Telepresence robot called Texai.

I caught the robot invasion on video below: 

 

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Inights on Girls in Technology with Tom Wujec

Last Saturday, we all gathered around and listened intently to Tom Wujec, Autodesk Fellow and creative engieer, about how to visualize our ideas and synthesize innovation. It was amazing! After the workshop, a few of us talked to Tom about his feelings on technology and innovation. The result was an hour long conversation and insight to what we need to do to empower women to get passionate about technology. Watch, listen, and learn:

 

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3D Printed Legs for Amputees Rock!

  

After a full day of lectures and yoga I attended a talk by Scott Summit from http://www.summitid.com. I was wowed by the beautiful 3D printed prosthetics for amputees. The limbs are created by scanning a person's un-injured body part and then that data is used to print a highly personalized prosthetic limb. Talk about on-demand body parts! 

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Short People Shoes Get a Lift

They may look like Frankenstein feet with ribbons, but I love these robotic elevator shoes by Adi Marom. Hurray for short people!

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Support The Open Source Loom OSLOOM

One of the things I love about the online crafting and the DIY community is our ability to help each other. Right now, a good friend is working on an amazing project to make an open source jacquard loom. What this means is that the software and hardware to control the loom will be designed for the general public and free for all. This technology can help craftsman in developing countries, give artists and local fashion designers control over their own woven designs, and give educational institutions the ability to afford and customize a loom to their needs. This idea is revolutionary.

Be a part of the OSLOOM revolution! Go to Kickstarter, and support OSLOOM. There are some really great prizes for donating to this cause. (more after the break)

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Minx Nails for Easter - Celebrity Style

I walked by a nail salon in my neighborhood yesterday and saw they had Minx Nails! Minx, the latest in nail technology, are heat activated stickers cut to the shape and size of your nail. Celebs like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Kim, and Blake Lively love them! Supposedly,they last for up to 2 weeks on your hands and 3 -4 weeks on your toes. Hmmm.... we'll have to see if they can handle a week on this crafty girls hands.

I'll holla back and post a photo when I get them done. The hardest part for me is knowing what style to pick, they are all so freaking cool!

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Canadians Make Beautiful Woven Textile Displays

Wow, not only did Canada kick our butts on the ice, they are doing it in Fashion Technology too. Don’t believe me, take a look at these gorgeous lighted fabrics and this dress from Karma Chameleon.

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Is Augmented Reality Fashion's Next Great Technology Superstar?

(Above: one of Spiral Magazine's Animated Avatars by Designers Reed + Rader)

Augmented Reality or AR is a term for for "a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery - creating a mixed reality."

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Saying goodbye to my hero, Lee Alexander McQueen

"Everything has an end. The cycle of life is a positive thing because it gives room for new things to come." - McQueen

It has been almost two weeks since I learned about Alexander McQueen's tragic suicide. When it happened, I didn't want to blog about it because it felt too personal and deeply depressing. For me, iHeartSwitch is about moving forward with technology in a positive light, not mourning the past. But sometimes, you have to acknowledge and share your pain in order to move past it. I am lucky enough to have a venue to do that and I know many of you were also deeply shocked and hurt by his passing as well, so you won’t mind if I get a little personal.

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