This mesh dress is the first fully articulated 3D printed dress, made up of 17 parts and 3000 joints. It was made to perfectly fit the curvy burlesque star Dita von Teese. The design was a collaboration between Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitoni and the printing was done by Shapeways.
I don’t really follow fashion, but when I came across several futuristic fashion by Elizaveta Porodina, I just had to say “wow!” before collecting my jaw from the floor. Ms Porodina is a freelance fashion photographer from Munich, Germany.
Almax, an Italian company, is selling “EyeSee” mannequins — dummies that use facial recognition software to record people’s age, gender, race, and the length of time they spent around the mannequins. The information is then used to improve the store’s layouts, window displays, and promotions to entice customers to buy.
While overhead cameras have been in use in retail stores for decades, the EyeSee mannequins have hidden cameras that monitor passersby at eye-level. They use the facial recognition technology originally used to identify criminals at airports. But these dummies don’t come cheap. Each one costs EUR 4000 (USD 5130).
According to Bloomberg, several dozen EyeSee mannequins have been sold and are currently in use by five luxury companies in three European countries and the United States. Almax CEO Max Cantanese declined to disclose their clients. Benetton buys mannequins from Almax but denied using the EyeSee system. Burberry and Nordstrom likewise said that they don’t use the mannequins.
Privacy advocates are of course not happy with this technology. Some believe that profiling customers is illegal or at least unethical. Almax sees no privacy issues, however, since the EyeSee does not store images or biometric data.
Soon, the EyeSee mannequins may enable the retailers to eavesdrop on what the customers are saying about the products on display. Almax is adding microphones to the dummies and testing a technology that can recognize words.
On a related note, when I first saw this McDonald’s picture online, I thought it was a prank.
Apparently not. The picture was taken at the entrace of McDonald’s in Sydney Airport. It was posted in Twitter by David Litchfield, a researcher working for the security firm Accuvant.
“Your conversations will be audio and video recorded for quality assurance purposes.”
Hmm, some yummy fast food or privacy? Tough choices! What to choose? What to choose?
In the recent launch of EE, Britain’s first 4G mobile network, Nicole Scherzinger arrived wearing a Twitter dress.
The dress was made from 8m of French silk chiffon, with around 500 Swarovski crystals and 2000 LED lights. The lights displayed tweets sent to the Twitter account @EE and the hashtag #tweetthedress. The dress was created by CuteCircuit, a London-based group specializing in wearable technology. CuteCircuit previously outfitted Katy Perry and U2. The dress can be recharged via USB.