January 17, 2013

INTERIORS UK on Clippings

NTERIORS UK is partnering with Clippings.com to host a digital storefront to display all the products from the show online. Visit now and be the first to discover products from those who are exhibiting at the event! via INTERIORS UK on Clippings.


January 17, 2013

Lasers will let Google Glass project a keyboard onto your palm

Because Glass comes with a built-in display, the technology also allows users to make inputs solely using gestures, which the camera can then pick up an interpret. As a result, there are many use cases where there won’t be a need to project a keyboard at all.”

read the full article at Lasers will let Google Glass project a keyboard onto your palm | VentureBeat

“Glass is, simply put, a computer built into the frame of a pair of glasses, and it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. With the half-inch (1.3 cm) display, which comes into focus when you look up and to the right, users will be able to take and share photos, video-chat, check appointments and access maps and the Web. Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014.”

However “It looks like Vuzix, a small company based in Rochester, New York, is about to beat Google to the punch in releasing Internet-enabled smart glasses that allow you do things such as scan your email, use your favorite apps, and respond to updates from sources like Facebook.

The company announced its Smart Glasses M100 in November but first demonstrated the glasses to visitors at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The glasses are still in development, but the company says they’ll be ready to go this summer and will be priced “under $500.” If the company meets that deadline, it will beat Google, a formidable competitor, to market. Google is pushing its Google Glass project hard.” More on that below at http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/13/vuzix-smart-glasses-will-let-you-scan-apps-emails-updates-beating-google-glass-to-market/#kfL8Js4lM2utAQ8s.99

January 8, 2013

Teacher Uses Knitting to Sow Confident Thinkers

“{When fifth-grade teacher Annmarie Aquino tosses a small knitted square into the air, the lesson begins. Peg looms emerge from backpacks, wool is measured and cut, and needles begin clicking. It’s knitting time at P.S. 98.

Aquino, a City College grad who has been teaching at the school on West 212th Street for 18 years, says the unconventional classroom activity offers her kids valuable problem-solving skills while encouraging them to be focused and creative.

“It challenges them to think beyond the obvious — how to calculate. How much do I need? What colors do I want to use? How do I get stripes?” Aquino says during a recent visit. “And, they have thinking time.”

Isaiah Rodriguez, one of Aquino’s students who is creating a placemat, says he expects to keep weaving even after he leaves elementary school.

“It just relaxes you. I feel calm and collected when I weave,” says the 10-year-old, who dreams of becoming a pro basketball player and expects he’ll even “weave in the locker room.”}”

Read on at .. Teacher at P.S. 98 Uses Knitting to Sow Confident Thinkers – DNAinfo.com New York.

January 8, 2013

How wonderful would it be to accidentally encounter these beautiful stones?

These just made me smile so I had to repost

For my eyes only… no one is likely to ever see this. I was inspired by the lovely Knitalatte’s awesome work…. I’m cheating here because I’m not doing any of the crochet… I can crochet but not for a project of this magnitude!!”

by Woollyfabulous

see more here –  All cleaned up and looking much better!! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

January 2, 2013

Trend Hub Blog 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

September 11, 2012

INDEX comes to Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield  is the very first UK venue for a globally famous display of designs that improve life

Swann Pod INDEX

One of the  INDEX: Award 2011 displays now on show on the plaza outside the University of Huddersfield’s Creative Arts Building. This one contains lecturer Dr David Swann’s design for an all-new nursing bag.

A GLOBALLY-renowned travelling exhibition featuring ultra-innovative designs that impressed judges in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions has come to the University of Huddersfield. We are the first university in the world and the first venue in the UK to host the event. And one of the exhibits is a potentially life-saving invention by one of our lecturers Dr David Swann.

Established in the year 2000, INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish non-profit making organisation with a global reach. Its goal is to inspire, educate and engage people so that they use design skills to develop sustainable solutions to global and local challenges.  Every two years the  organisation offers the most valuable and prestigious design awards in the world, with prizes of €100,000 each for the winners of its five categories – Body, Home, Work, Play and Community.

The series of dramatic pods on campus exhibiting these ultra-innovative designs can be seen until 29 September 2012, Queensgate Campus, Huddersfield

Dr David Swann earned his nomination for INDEX: Award 2011 by creating a nursing bag for the 21st century after discovering the iconic design that has prevailed for around 150 years could endanger patients’ lives. His radical update is made of non-permeable white plastic and is free from the pockets and folds that previously allowed harmful bacteria to accumulate.

Other exhibits at Huddersfield include the Swedish-designed Hövding, described as the world’s first airbag for cyclists, which claimed first prize in the “play” category. The airbag explodes from a custom-made collar whose inbuilt sensors constantly monitor movement for the telltale signs that an accident is about to happen. Huddersfield is the first British institution ever to host the INDEX: Award exhibition and the sole UK stop on the current tour.


via Events calendar – University of Huddersfield.

September 10, 2012

MOHAIR 2013/14

Lidewij Edelkoort has just presented her new 2013/14 forecast for Mohair South Africa at Maison & Objet in Paris. for a full report and to download the Colour Forecast go to Trendtablet Mohair 3 A forecast of deep hues for the nomadic interiora sandy neutral, cumin green, camel brown and an important new henna. Bright accents such as Jaffa orange, Persian saffron, mustard green and turquoise blue will show how intense mohair’s saturation can become, contrasted by jet black and slate grey.

“This year’s stand is inspired by the travelling tribes: Nomadism animates a timeworn style that is faded by age, crafted by hand and coloured by beautiful dyes. This roaming spirit is now reflected by our flexible and wireless existence today and a revived interest in living closer to the floor; a yearning for natural materials like straw, clay, wood and flax, but also animal fibres such as mohair collected from the noble Angora goat.”


April 29, 2012

Filters vs. Serendipity

…..”More and more commentators are wondering if the tools we create to give us more choices—such as search engines—are delivering less variety, ultimately limiting chance discoveries and exposure to new ideas.On the BBC’s The Culture Show, Aleks Krotoski recently examined the role of serendipity as an online commodity, questioning whether the Internet is as innovative as we think. She points out that computers have the unique ability to make valuable, unseen connections for us. Instead of maximizing that potential, our search filters keep us focused on only the most relevant information.Alex explains, “We will never have the opportunity to bump into something truly new, because the machines are predicting our futures based on our past preferences, creating an infinite loop of cultural homogenization.”….

Read the full post via the link below, thought provoking

via Filters vs. Serendipity | digital wellbeing labs.

April 24, 2012

Designing Women Post War British Textiles FTM London

Great review of Designing Women: Post War British Textiles, at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London by Artsthread.

“This charming exhibition documents the rise of female artists in post-war Britain and the impact they had on shaping the textile design industry.The main segment focuses on Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groag – the most influential to the change of direction in British textile design.”

read on at  Designing Women Post War British Textiles FTM London.

February 20, 2012

Burberry animated gifs

Burberry took its #lfw #tweetwalk to a new level today with animated gifs of every look. Here’s a selection curtsy of WGSN


and here’s a link to the Burberry twitpic page for more Harry Potter style moving photos  http://twitpic.com/8mgh9g

 The Finale with Christopher Bailey #Burberry Prorsum A/W12 #LFW  on Twitpic
bow belts, oversized pockets, owls, fantastic soundtrack, and loved the genius use of a clear roof, rain and umbrellas in the finale