Don’t Flip This Wig

Smart Wigs: Straight to the Dome?

Smart Wigs: High-tech tomfoolery?

Lace-front wigs, grandma wigs, church lady wigs, drag queen wigs. Now there’s a new kid on the block: the smart wig. Sony has applied for a patent for a wig that it claims will be “able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices.” Wearable technology has a hot topic for a while but now apparently its time has come. Possible uses for the smart wig? According to BBC News, they include helping vision-impaired people navigate using vibration motors or ultrasound waves, virtual reality gaming (of course) or even taking the wearer’s temperature, pulse or bloodpressure and sending the info to a server (uh-oh). And what’s all this about communicating wirelessly with other external devices? Communicating what? And with which devices? Hmmmmm.

One wonders if we ready to go down this road. Seriously. Forget the ‘knockout game’ — just imagine people “wig-jacking” to get the latest, greatest smart wig. Then again, this could end up being the next big thing. Meantime, we’re still trying to get our head around it.

Fresh from El Futuro: 10 Inventions That Could Change Your Life

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A tooth tattoo that detects teeth-eating bacteria. A bionic retina. A next-level virtual reality visor. These are among the 10 invetions CNN has gathered together for it’s list of 10 inventions that will change life as we know it. Some are in early stages yet, but they’re already leaps and bounds ahead. Think of these as early smartphones or luggage with wheels — inventions that have come a long way, but whose practical genius totally reinvented the way we do some very basic things. And let’s be honest: could we imagine life without them at this point?

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See in 3-D: the Oculus Rift virtual reality visor

And we would like to modestly (a-hem) point out that one of these future-forward thingamajigs is something we told you about many moons ago: the much-anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality visor. Do we know the future or what?

The CNN 10: Inventions

All Curves: A Space-Age Architect Putting It Down

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All curves. According to architecht Zaha Hadid: “”The idea was that the frames could be like veins….”

Architecht Zaha Hadid is the truth. She is a woman making her mark on the world, literally.

Hadid is an illmatic architect spitting out stunning, next-level, game-changing design on a global scale. Hadid, a 63-year-old Iraqi-born British citizen, has 950 projects going in 44 countries. 950 projects. 44 countries. (Think about that the next time you talk about how busy you are.) Her latest work is  a set of futuristic “super-yachts” designed for German company Blohm+Voss.

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The 90-meter “Jazz” yacht (this is the little one).

The yachts are in addition to designing the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, Rome’s MAXXI Museum, the London Aquatics Center (built for the 2012 Olympics), Beijing’s Galaxy Soho entertainment/office complex and the Guangzhou Opera House, among many others.

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Handling her business: architect Zaha Hadid

Predictably, she has a rep for being “difficult.”
Says Hadid: “If you’re a man you’re seen as someone who’s tough and ambitious, but when a woman is ambitious it’s seen as bad. I think things have changed in the last 20 years. They’re better. But there’s still prejudice.”
So how did she make it happen?
“I never took no for an answer. I never sat back and said ‘walk all over me, it’s OK.'”
Just what we thought.