There have been several pieces written on Intel’s fashion partnership initiative. This one from today's NYT:
I find the results to date wanting .. sort of here’s some tech, how to I build a container or wire it in somehow? I’m much more impressed by new materials and fabrication techniques. Work on smart fabrics that self regulate temperature for example. Groundwork is being laid for the future. A few serious designers like Iris van Herpen are exploring the space, but it will take time to find the right voice.
When I was a student a strange little publication called the Journal of Irreproducible Results published a few joke science and technology papers. It evolved and began to add unusual real papers and paved the way for the very real Ig Nobel Prize awards. The classic JIR paper had been published in 1952 in the Cal Engineer by Charles Seim - ‘A Stress(ed) Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown’. Over the years I had become legendary and known simply as SAOASEG.
The trigger for remembering the SAOASEG was an article noted by a friend in fashion.
A very real and serious design problem no one has yet sorted out. Design and materials are currently not up to the task, but a good deal of experimentation is underway to observe and better understand the problem. The tech future of fashion will come from seamlessly solving real problems rather than being involved in a nail hunt. Collaborations are important, but I think they have to be much deeper than Intel’s.
In Japan traditional wooden houses sometimes use a special warming table that becomes a center of family life during the Winter. The Kotatsu tables have a small built-in heater of 400 to 600 watts and are covered by an insulated quilt. I've seen and even used one without knowing what it was. When I was a teenager a neighbor one. She was Japanese and he had spent several years in the service working on a radar installation on the Northern tip of the Japanese Island of Hokkaido.
Here's a piece on one with links and suggestions on making your own.
The downside is it would encourage sedentary behavior so perhaps a standing table variation is in order. You could wear a big quilt at a standing desk. Body heat should be sufficient with a good insulated quilt. Perhaps a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man theme?
Roundabouts are an efficient form of intersection .. unfortunately they can be confusing and the source of accidents. The Dutch have a superior variation known as the turbo-roundabout that dates back about 25 years and now is common in the country. The trick is to make drivers choose their direction before entering the roundabout - better explained with a video:
Math is usually seen as a tool in the US rather than part of curiosity and even excitement. There have been exceptions. For years Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column ran in Scientific American inspiring many to play with math often without needing a deep background.
a tip of the hat to Barb
Scientific American also ran C.L. Strong's Amateur Scientist column for years - effective a gateway drug to professional science for thousands as well as the basis for basement science.
The Canadian mathematician made a multimillion-dollar fortune by writing calculus textbooks for universities and high schools. Last year alone he sold 500,000 books, accounting for about $26.6m (£17.5m) in sales, according to his estate.
Stewart was also an unlikely architectural trailblazer. He devoted many years of his life, and much of his income, to building his dream home in an upmarket Toronto neighbourhood. Integral House – named after the “integral”, a concept in calculus – is a shrine to calculus, the mathematics of flowing change.
Stewart died last December, aged 73, and Integral House is now for sale at £11.4m .
“The house is a piece of art,” said Paul Maranger, of Sotheby’s International Realty. “When buyers go into the house the first reaction is a sense of awe.”