Fashion and technology have been working together for decades, and these two worlds continue to collide in innovative ways. After all, the boombox of the 1970s slowly transformed into the Walkman and is now even small, in the form of iPods and other digital players. These devices are often associated with fashion, and can spark nostalgia or denote innovation.
Technology can also be used to make everyday activities safer. For example, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin created the Airbag for Cyclists system as protective fashion for bicyclists. The Airbag helps to shield riders from the impact associated with biking accidents, and is noticeably a little more stylish than more bicycle safety items. Frontline Gloves are another technological fashion accessory created by Ashwin Rajan and Kevin Cannon. The gloves allow firefighters to communicate with each other in emergency situations.
Designers are also using recycled materials to create fashionable items. SegraSegra used recycled inner tubes from bicycles to create t-shirts and jackets, and designer Emma Whiteside made a large gown with recycled radiator copper.
It’s clear that fashion and technology can be utilized together to create energy. Movement can be transferred into electrical energy, and this type of clothing captures kinetic energy that will power devices like watches and mp3s. Designer Soledad Martin is working on a shoe prototype so users can charge their cell phone while running or walking.
Christopher Burch has provided valuable feedback on technological and fashion, and his views are valuable for several reasons. Burch is the CEO of Burch Creative Capital. Burch has a keen vision for new business opportunities, creativity and company support. The creative portfolio for Burch Creative Capital includes a number of established and newly successful companies, including ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Cocoon9, Faena Hotel+ Universe, Jawbone and Voss Water.
Christopher Burch has been in business for almost 40 years, and Burch has had a hand in developing more than 50 companies. His innate understanding of consumer behavior has helped him develop an impressive professional track record that combines impact with innovation.