Have you ever fretted over buying a suit or dress online for a wedding or another flashy event, wondering how it would look on your frame or if it would even fit? That might not be a problem soon now that Amazon has patented a blended-reality mirror that lets you try on clothes virtually while placing you into a virtual location (via GeekWire).
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Each year, college students and recent graduates submit their creations to the James Dyson Awards to be recognized for achievement in design and engineering. National winners were recently announced and included a cup for Parkinson’s sufferers, a smart pill bottle to help fight opioid addiction, and a novel new way to clothe kids.
The latter was designed by Ryan Yasin from London. Yasin has a degree in aeronautical engineering and used the principles he learned during his studies to create a material that grows with kids as they mature. His clothing can help save parents some of the thousands of dollars they spend prividing clothes for their children within the first three years of their lives.
The clothing is made from a waterproof, machine-washable fabric that is specially pleated to unfold as the child grows. Yasin has dubbed his line Petit Pli. So far, he has developed over 500 prototypes and will use his prize money to help his business also expand.
While this one product can’t have a gigantic impact on increasing sustainability in the textile and clothing industries, Yasin is determined to make a stand with his company. The material used in the clothing is recyclable and is also aiming to price his products to be able to ethically pay everyone along the supply chain.
Children grow out of their clothing at a much faster rate before they reach their third year. Children’s clothing makers and retailers capitalize on this and often charge parents prices similar to what they may pay for their own or older siblings’ clothing, but get much less utility as the kids rapidly outgrow them. Yasin’s products could help reduce the amount of waste produced from kids’ clothes, to say nothing of the recyclable-value of his materials.
Chinese customs officials arrested a woman late last month attempting to smuggle 102 iPhones strapped to her body into mainland China, according to local media.
On June 30, customs officers in Shenzhen, China spotted a woman with strange bulges and unusual body proportions, wearing warm clothing inappropriate for the hot weather in the area. The officials pulled the woman aside and put her through a metal detector. Upon further inspection, they found 102 Apple smartphones and 15 luxury watches strapped around her torso and waist, according to Chinese-language publication XMNN.
The woman had up to four layers of what appear to be iPhone 6 devices hidden underneath her clothing, bundled together with tape and fabric. Reportedly, the total weight of the smuggled goods topped out at around 44 pounds. While the 102 iPhones were a record for the particular customs squad that made the arrest, the record amount of iPhones found strapped to a smuggler’s body appears to remain 146. That smuggler was also caught in Shenzhen by customs agents in 2014, according to Kotaku.
Officials in Shenzhen — which borders Hong Kong — routinely catch smugglers attempting to bring iPhones and other goods into mainland China, with typical hauls of up to 70 or 80 devices. Due to China’s “one country, two systems” principle, iPhones and other products can cost up to 30 percent more in the mainland than in Hong Kong, due to a variety of levies and taxes on foreign consumer goods. Hong Kong doesn’t have these levies, which makes smuggling popular consumer devices from the autonomous region a rather lucrative gray market.
While the iPhones may be fakes, because of this gray market it’s likely that they are genuine devices. It’s currently unclear whether the woman was acting alone, or if she is part of a larger smuggling operation. According to XMNN, the parties “have been dealt with” by local authorities.