Yummy Atomic Cookies

Hungry? How about taking a bite of a hydrogen atom particle structure? While it doesn't sound very appetizing, it tastes sweet! 

The guys at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories are cooking up a batch of delicious cookies whose shape is based on concepts of quantum physics. The cookies are designed to look like an atom's orbital cloud, here's is how they explain it: 

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Smart Fabrics 2010

This year I am honored to be presenting a workshop and talk at the Smart Fabrics conference in Miami, FL. Smart Fabrics is THE premier event for everyone interested in applications, marketing, design, development, curation, and manufacturing of smart or advanced textiles. Smart fabrics are textiles that are woven or embedded with advanced properties. Examples are sports bras that can detect your heart rate, solar energy gathering pants, and soft switches for controlling your MP3 player from your jacket. There are many more amazing sci-fi sounding applications being developed, who says we have to wait for the future? It seems to me the future is now. 

Smart Fabrics 2010

April 14 - 16 in Miami, Florida

Conrad Miami Hotel

Register Here

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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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Beagle Scarf: A Smart Hoodie for Autism

After seeing Autistic designer Temple Grandin's amazing talk at TED this year and learning about accepting "all kinds of minds," it was really satisfying to see Leo Chao's Beagle Scarf Hoodie. The scarf is a thoughtful design response to the needs of Autistic children. Though Autism can range in severity, it interferes with people's sensitivities. Even the smallest noise, smell, or texture can be very disturbing. According to the Yanko Design blog, "A recent research suggests that stimulants like music, aromatherapy, and textured toys can help alleviate the condition."

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Aniomagic's Interactive Patchwork Quilt

This is not your grandma's quilt! Last week in Rio de Janeiro, participants at the Clube de Idéias created 64 interactive patches for Aniomagic's interactive quilt workshop. The participants were passersbys who stopped for a few minutes to sew, iron, decorate, or program. The patches often have many authors, combining skills and styles to create a truly unique interactive artifact. Each patch has a mimeolight, a light you program with flashlight or waving of your hands, which makes it easily programmed and personalized. (Images after the break)

Go to Aniomagic's website to find out more!

[Flash 10 is required to watch video.]

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Jimmy Choo Zap Shoe

[Photos from Jimmy Choo S/S Ad Campaign]

Following Rodarte's soft glowing heels for the season, the infamous shoe designer Jimmy Choo created the ZAP shoe, which flashes electric pink light at every step. The DAPHNE handbag keeps in step with neon leather and leopard print pony.

With a luxury price tag of 2,500 USD, this ain't just a pair of kids twinkling kicks!

Via: Fashioning Technology

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SXSW: Duh...Its Like Tech for Girls Continued...

[Above: Syuzi and Alison meeting for the first time at Maker Faire in 2006]

After four years, Syuzi Pakhchyan and I were finally able to get together and host our own talk about girls in technology. The talk was called “Duh… Its Like Tech for Girls <3" and it was presented as a core converation at SXSW Interactive 2010. We were joined by many audience members, who were passionate about igniting that tech spark in girls, teens, and women.

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Ada Lovelace Day! My Heroine: Jerry Cobb

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Ada (seen above in a lovely lace gown) wrote the world’s first computer programs for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine invented by, Charles Babbage - Way to go Ada!

I am celebrating this day by writing about one of my favorite women in technology, Jerrie Cobb (above posing next to the Mercury spaceship capsule) . Jerrie was the first woman picked to undergo the grueling astronautical space tests in 1960 to become an astronaut, but was never allowed to take flight into space simply because of her gender.

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I Heart Switch Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Jane Larson from Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Jane holding up her prize winnings, a signed copy of Switch Craft and a swatch of Luminex lighted fabric. She plans to incorporate the fabric into a little black dress she's making along with some LEDs.

We want to thank everyone who took the survey. We have new projects and posts planned to incorporate your feedback, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Rodarte Style Lighted Heels: TAKE 2

As promised, here is a more robust update to the Rodarte's light-up heels that was posted two weeks ago. I used the LED sequins from Aniomagic, you can find them here. The battery pack is from Switch Craft, the materials below account for this. You can use a different battery holder if you like, both  Aniomagic and Lilypad's battery holders work well.

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