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Added 18 May, 2019

Google is introducing a new augmented reality technology for its mobile search engine that will allow customers to see 3D renderings of a number of visual product results. Users will also be able to place these into the real world through their phone cameras, using AR. According to the tech conglomerate, partners from the world of fashion, tech...

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Added 12 May, 2019

You might have feared that human talents would soon be replaced by digital simulations, but by the looks of it, that’s not terrible at all. Joining the ranks of virtual social media influencer Lil Miquela is hyperrealistic Japanese avatar imma, who boasts a following of 50,000 fans on Instagram. Not bad for a model who’s wholly created with CGI...

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Added 7 May, 2019

It’s getting near-impossible to distinguish between human and AI-generated faces. Now, a Japanese AI company has proven that the models you follow on Instagram might no longer be who they seem one day. Kyoto-based DataGrid details that it has developed an AI that is able to create high-res, full-body images of fashion models from scratch. If...

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Added 2 May, 2019

H&M has launched a tool that lists all suppliers and factories attached to an individual product, giving consumers an unprecedented level of access and transparency to its supply chain. Available on all 47 local H&M websites, a ‘product sustainability’ button on individual product pages displays details on materials, as well as the...

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Added 9 March, 2019

MAC Cosmetics China has entered the ‘new retail‘ space with the launch of its experience center integrating both online and offline brand experiences. The center blends product discovery, social engagement and purchase into an immersive journey, making it one of the more sophisticated interactive retail experiences in the cosmetics category in...

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Added 6 March, 2019

After more than 500 years and 40 popes, the Swiss Guard is dropping its classic metal helmets and adopting 3D-printed ones made of plastic–PA-12, to be exact. Why 3D-print such a long-standing part of Vatican tradition? The Swiss Guard has been around since the 1500s, after all. For starters, the new PA-12 helmets are lightweight and UV...

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Added 29 January, 2019

Matrix had created a new second-generation solar smartwatch aptly named the PowerWatch 2 which has raised over $1 million via Indiegogo with still 26 days remaining on its campaign thanks to over 4,600 backers. Unlike other smartwatches which require daily charging the PowerWatch 2, never requires charging and has now been updated with new...

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Added 27 January, 2019

Tiffany & Co. is introducing a new provenance tool as it strives to meet its 2020 goal of making the entire journey of its stones transparent. The Diamond Source Initiative will share the origin of all of its mined diamonds which are larger than 0.18 carats. “We are ushering in a new era of transparency for diamonds,” said Tiffany’s chief...

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Added 5 December, 2018

One of the biggest problems of getting more gadgets is that you need to worry about powering more things. Batfree is a unique band that charges your Apple Watch using embedded batteries and an easy connection to the device, adding more than 27 additional hours of battery life to your Apple Watch. Super light, powerful, and convenient. Batfree...

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Added 15 October, 2018

The fad around cryptocurrencies seems to have faded away, but the larger trend is that cybercash is not going away, but getting ingrained in our culture. To wit, Swiss watch company Hublot has announced the launch of a special limited edition its Big Bang watch that can only be purchased with Bitcoin. The special edition has been created to...