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JanineLove
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Maket research
JanineLove   7/24/2013 4:14:39 PM
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Any market research done on this product? I'm an earring wearer, and, frankly, I'm thinking "no thanks!"

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Re: Maket research
Caleb Kraft   7/24/2013 4:16:29 PM
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Hahaha, I doubt it is something intended for a broad market. I know several people that would wear this with pride at certain events, but it won't be making it into a store in your local mall any time soon. 

The inspiration for this project was actually a woman making earrings out of computer parts!

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Earrings from computer parts
JanineLove   7/24/2013 4:18:36 PM
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Making earrings from computer parts? Well that's green of her anyway. One of the coolest things I bought was a clipboard that was made out of an old PCB.

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kfield   7/25/2013 11:27:44 AM
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It would be totally cool to connect it up to a wireless mesh network and blink specific patterns when in proximity of someone else wearing the same earrings. A kind of secret handshake.

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rick merritt   7/25/2013 11:42:59 AM
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@kfield: Interesting idea. Didn't they try something like that with hats at an engineering event recently ;-)

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mcgrathdylan   7/24/2013 5:37:59 PM
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It's  a cool project, but I have to agree with Janine. The fashionability, if that is a word, is questionable.

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This is not new...
Charles.Desassure   7/25/2013 8:33:39 AM
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Thanks for this article.  This is not anything new.   I remember seeing something like this doing my teenage college years traveling to Manhattan, New York City (off of Broadway) when I was visiting the fashion district doing the 80's.   Market?  Well, at the time, someone was selling an item similar to this one on the street corner; and we did not have twitter and the Internet was not as popular as it is today.  Well, good luck!

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Caleb Kraft   7/25/2013 11:31:07 AM
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Yeah, I doubt he was going for groundbreaking, or even highly fashionable. I think this was more an exercise to improve his pcb making and learn new skills. The way the battery is mounted is fairly interesting and the paperclip was surely a learning experience. 

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rick merritt   7/25/2013 11:45:42 AM
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Sounds like the nexus between tinkering, fashion and the IoT to me!

Philips has pursued LEDs in all sorts of clothing as a fashion statement for several years. I don't think it has caught on but I wonder why not. It seems fun, especially for the tinkerer types who might prefer making this kind of jewelry to the sort that uses stones.

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Caleb Kraft   7/25/2013 11:50:35 AM
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I think it is difficult to do electronic jewelry in a truly fashionable way. Aside from teh fact that many electronics designers are far from fashion designers, the concept of subtlety is often overlooked. 

The "i Necklace" by Adafruit was a decent example. They did a cufflink version too. 

 

 

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 12:16:29 PM
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@Caleb: I think it is difficult to do electronic jewelry in a truly fashionable way.

At the current time I totally agree -- but what of the future. I know I read too much science fiction, but do you remember the part in Asimov's Foundation Trilogy that involves some jewelry that generates a sort of glittering field around its wearer ... I bet that would go down well at a disco!

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Susan Rambo   7/25/2013 12:55:01 PM
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Maybe it will be popular a hundred years from now when the components look truly retro. Otherwise, jewelry made out of electronics requires special knowledge to appreciate its inner beauty. Of course, adding a few precious stones could help.

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 1:35:17 PM
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@susan: Maybe it will be popular a hundred years from now when the components look truly retro.

Actually, that's not a bad point -- there's some stuff I had no time for 40 years ago that I think is very tasty-looking now, so who knows what will be "cool" in 40 years time?

 

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engr in disco
The MicroMan   7/25/2013 1:38:10 PM
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Disco? Wasn't that c.1980, John TraVOLTa, et al?  Aren't (some of) the Bee Gee's dead? A disco full of engineers.  Probably all doing the "robot".  That'll bring out the women!  The engrs can carefully explain their (ckt) design challenges and tradeoffs to the captivated suitors.  Burn, baby, burn!  And fashion?  OMG.  Long live our reputation.

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 2:03:25 PM
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@MicroMan: Disco? Wasn't that c.1980, John TraVOLTa, et al?

I remember those days, standing at the edge of the crowd vaguely hopping up and down from one foot to the other (but only after having sufficient beer to make me look really cool! :-)

 

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docdivakar   7/25/2013 2:11:51 PM
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@Max: for that matter, I never quit wearing narrow neck ties which got some unsolicited comments saying it was too retro about 10 years ago (I hated wearing the ones as wide as my chest that is popular in the US!). And now the narrow neck ties are back and in fashion. History has a way of repeating itself in the fashion world!

I will wait for organic LED's in my shirt fabric... in the mean time take a look at the LEDs used by Death Cab for Cuties:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk5wViJo-I

MP Divakar

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 2:23:41 PM
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@DocDivakar: In the mean time take a look at the LEDs used by Death Cab for Cuties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk5wViJo-I

Wow -- that's a great video.

Re your narrow ties. I remember when corduroy was popular -- then it went out of style -- I think it came back into stylw again about 12 years ago (at lesst for a time -- I hav no odea if it's "in" or "out" now) ... the point is that one of my friends was still wearing the same corduroy trousers he's been wearing back in the '70s/'80s -- he said he had just been waiting for folks to catch up with him.

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Max The Magnificent   7/25/2013 2:26:44 PM
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@DocDivakar: I never quit wearing narrow neck ties...

When I first came to the USA in 1990, suits were still the order of the day. We had "Casual Friday" which still involved shoes, slacks, and "business casual" shirts.

Now I'm happy to say that I no longer own a suit ... or a tie (apart from a black one for funerals -- sad face) ... I only ever wear shorts (jeans in the winder) and Hawiian shirts. Life is good :-)

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kfield   7/27/2013 9:39:12 AM
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I'm assuming that Hawaiian shirts aren't all the rage in the UK??

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Max The Magnificent   7/29/2013 1:06:10 PM
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@kfield: I'm assuming that Hawaiian shirts aren't all the rage in the UK??

You woudl assume correctly, but I have no idea why thsi should be. On the other hand I don't know many people who wear them in Alabama either -- I dare to be different! LOL

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kfield   7/27/2013 9:38:05 AM
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I have an i Necklace and I have to say it's pretty cool. but you're right Caleb, a lot of the binky jewelry is cheap stuff for Hallowee and the like. I'd rather have precious stones any day!

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Max The Magnificent   7/29/2013 1:04:28 PM
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@kfield: I have an i Necklace and I have to say it's pretty cool.

I've never heard of an iNecklace -- what's that?

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richardit   7/23/2014 11:02:54 AM
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The last week-end my wife was reading tips for wearing jewelry and she saw this ingenious concept of earrings, she liked it so much that she decided to buy a pair of Blinkring jewelry. The order must arrive in a couple of days and she is very excited about this, we have to attend a party soon and she wants to use them.

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kfield   7/23/2014 11:09:13 AM
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@richardit  "she decided to buy a pair of Blinkring jewelry." Great! Let us know how they work out and send pix!

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anddy11   7/24/2014 11:20:49 AM
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That's something you don't see every day. They are one of a kind, that's for sure. How did people respond to this type of jewelry? Is there any study on that? It looks like people today appreciate very much the uniqueness on the items they wear. The girls interested in that could visit DelightJewelry.com, they might find it interesting.

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I don't think I've ever seen anyone wearing
brook.d   7/29/2014 12:12:23 PM
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I don't think I've ever seen anyone wearing this kind of jewelry before, it's very futuristic. I can't say everyone could wear them though, you would have to be a very bold person wearing them in a night club. The jewelry on http://www.mcssl.com/store/occasionsbyelena/bridal-boutique is more appropriate for the rest of the special occasions.

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