Wearable Tech

New Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Shoes Vibrate to Give You Directions

They're not the coolest looking shoes, but they vibrate to give you directions. (Facebook)

We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.

Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination. Read More

Q&A

Brooklyn Coder Lauren McCarthy Wants To Cure Your Crippling Social Awkwardness

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In a world where your friends can now set you up on virtual blind dates, it’s hard to believe tech could be the solution to any uncomfortable situation.

Lauren McCarthy is a coder and an artist whose strange art experiments put subjects face to face with their deepest social anxieties. She might not be able to cure your crippling awkwardness — or her own, for that matter — but she has designed over two dozen tech-based performances to help you breathe a little easier, even if it just means making a quick getaway. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week: Startup Weekend Social Impact, Wearable Tech, Fashion 2.0 and More

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

Aug 22-24 is highly anticipated WeWork SUMMER CAMP! (sneak peek). Performances by Girl Talk & St. Lucia. Talks by Lew Frankfort (Coach) & Jessica Lawrence (NYTM). Wine tasting, water sports, yoga, zip-lining! Y’should go, yo! :) Pre-Camp parties (FREE) on July 22 & on July 31. Read More

Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

David Sedaris Buys Fitbit, Becomes Crazed Roving Trash Collector

Mr. Sedaris (Photo via davidsedarisbooks.com)

Popular opinion holds that wearable tech’s biggest drawback is the potential for Big Data to catalog our personal health data and use it to sell us more crap we don’t need.

Few realize, though, that wearing a machine around your wrist that counts your every step can also cause another problem: a total obsession with walking. At least, that’s the case in Stepping Out,” a personal essay in the New Yorker by your cool European-seeming uncle David Sedaris. Read More

Fitness 2.0

New Equinox App Leaves No Stone Unturned in the Quest for a Hot Bod

MAKE ME: Skinny enough to piss my friends off. (Screengrab via Equinox app)

Remember when your gym was just the place you went to work out?

If Equinox’s recent reboot of its app and website is any indication, the days of fitness centers existing solely as locations are over. The revered fitness chain’s new digital experience incorporates everything a health nut could want. This includes FitBit and Jawbone Up compliance, class schedules and reservations, articles on diet and working out and more.

The app will even pick a group class for you based on your mood. With the “Make Me” feature, you slide your thumb up and down a screen with gradated colors from blue to green to yellow to orange to red. Stop at “make me breathe,” and you’ll get a list of suggested yoga classes from gyms around your current location. Pick “make me burn burn burn,” and the app delivers studio cycling, power sculpt, barre burn and other higher-intensity workouts. Read More

Wearable Tech

Wearable Tech Win: iPhone-Linked Cocktail Ring Smashes Pre-Sale Goal

Ringly in the "wine bar" shade. (Photo via Ringly.com)

After amassing a ton of good press, smartphone-linked jewelry startup Ringly slaughtered its pre-sale goal of $60,000 less than eight hours after  its launch on June 10.

Ringly’s premiere product is a chunky cocktail ring that links to your iPhone or Android and lights up or vibrates when you get a text, call or email, or if you’ve got an appointment coming up. You can also customize the settings so that you’re only notified when certain people contact you. Read More