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Redefining Wearable Tech at Decoded Fashion NYC
The NYC Decoded Fashion summit proved to be an especially good-looking tech conference. Not to say that the average tech conference is unattractive, but this crowd obviously cares as much about aesthetics and presentation as they do about software...
CULTURE
Leave Earth Behind: "The Universe is a Small Hat"
It's not extraordinarily uncommon to dream of packing your belongings, jumping on a spaceship and leaving Earth far, far behind. Motives may differ, from a hope to escape a planet polluted by unpleasantries, to an insatiable desire for adventure...
DESIGN
MB&F Horological Machine No. 6: Space Pirate
Max Büsser, the man behind some of the most unusual timepieces in the world, says that "no one needs a watch to tell time." Instead, he thinks about the watches his company MB&F (Maximilian Büsser and friends) creates as a collaborative process in...
CULTURE
Jones Snowboards' Mountain Surfer
It's safe to say no name is as linked to backcountry snowboarding as Jeremy Jones—so much so, his name is rarely seen without "Big Mountain" preceding it. Under his eponymous brand, Jones Snowboards, he has designed and released a wide array of heavy...
DESIGN
mycoocoon: Color Immersion Pod
by Caroline Kinneberg Experimental chef Pierre Gagnaire's Sketch restaurant, a London design haven currently featuring work by beloved artist David Shrigley, has welcomed a new installation—a color therapeutic pod called mycoocoon, designed by Lanzavecchia...
DESIGN
99U's Make Your Mark
While the annual 99U conference (previously known as 99%, co-founded by CH and Behance) is a two-day whirlwind affair in NYC, the conference's daily-updated website—and now, their three-part book series—offer a way for creatives to get a more regular...
TECH
.klatz Smartwatch and Handset
While fashion often takes a backseat to function, or vice versa, in wearable tech, Ukraine's .klatz is hoping to change that with their smartwatch and handset. They've revisited the bracelet form, but unlike Nike's FuelBand, this accessory is style...
TECH
INST-INT 2014: Conference Highlights
From the founders of technology festival Eyeo comes a smaller, more tightly focused offshoot called INST-INT. Now in its second year, the stimulating three-day experience saw roughly 300 people gravitate to Minneapolis' Walker Art Center to glean...
TECH
Spring Mobile Marketplace
As Monday marked the 20th anniversary of what is widely considered to be the first secure online sale, the thought of visiting a physical shopping mall to peruse goods seems even farther fetched than ever before. Combining the experience and variety...
TECH
Interview: Ricky Hendry on Tech-Led Fashion
Sponsored content: While one of the most evident ways in which technology has seeped into contemporary culture is no doubt wearables; fashion and tech have—and continue—to collide, from DVF collaborating with Google Glass to 3D-printed insoles...
DESIGN
Celebrating the History and Future of Knitwear, Maglifico!
Knitwear has always been a field of experimentation in fashion. Adopted by true pioneers like Coco Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa, it continues to evolve and intrigue thanks to brands like Missoni and Kenzo. True innovation of knitwear manifests because...
TECH
Lessons in Innovation from Raspberry Pi's Jack Lang
At this year's Connected Conference—a Parisian event dedicated to connected hardware and the internet of things—we had the chance to hear Jack Lang, the co-founder of Raspberry Pi, speak. The conference focused on the complexities of open-sourcing...
FOOD-DRINK
Sip Smarter with the Viora Coffee Lid
With a conventional coffee cup lid, even the slightest jolt can send scalding liquid out of the porthole, only to be caught by the dish-like design, awaiting a second opportunity to splash onto you. Further, the lid traps all aromas inside, rendering...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video: Dominique Ansel
Greeted every morning by 150+ pastry enthusiasts waiting eagerly for a taste of the renowned Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery of Soho has made quite a name for itself. We spoke with the bakery's head chef and owner, Dominique Ansel to see where his...
TECH
Kaho Abe of the NYU Game Innovation Lab
In anticipation of NYU's Brooklyn Polytechnic artist-in-residence Kaho Abe's presentation at Kill Screen's upcoming Two5six conference, we visited the one-time fashion designer, then wearable technology pioneer, now game developer on campus. The...
DESIGN
Material Innovation: Product Design
A driving force behind innovation in all areas of design and technology is the development of new materials. Sometimes overlooked, this core tenet is given the spotlight in the upcoming Thames & Hudson release, "Material Innovation: Product Design...
TECH
Tinitell
Today, Kickstarter sees the launch of yet another clever product: Tinitell is the world's smallest mobile phone designed specifically for kids. Yet this piece of Swedish innovation could easily find its way onto the wrists of adults too, given its...
DESIGN
Made in the Future
Hardcore sci-fi writers, NASA researchers and even government policymakers are tasked with dreaming up the next century's goals for mankind, but cult design consulting firm IDEO wanted to explore a "not-so-distant" future from a designer's perspective...
DESIGN
The 2014 Architizer A+ Awards
Cool Hunting is proud to be a media partner for the second annual Architizer A+ Awards. This year showed the debut of a new category, Product Awards, as well as new faces to the jury panel (including CH's very own founder, Josh Rubin) and the first...
CULTURE
Design Indaba 2014: The Conference
Many wondrously pioneering things happen daily in South Africa, yet surprisingly much of the world still seems slightly unaware of the nation's enduring commitment to progressive reform. The country is often still regarded by much of the modern world...
DESIGN
Ingenious
It's a common sentiment around the world that everything is bigger in the US—from parking lots to fast-food beverages. In his latest book "Ingenious," author Jason Fagone proves that the American capacity for innovation really is huge. The book...
TECH
Intel + Opening Ceremony's Wearable Tech
"The big smartphone wave came, and the tablets have come, and people's interaction with technology has been changing, significantly increasing the amount of people technology has touched over the years," explains Ayse Ildeniz, VP of New Devices...
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