For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice
Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…

For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice

Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…

Personalized fashion store hides clothes that won’t fit
Anyone who’s ever ordered clothes online knows that getting an item that fits is by all means hit and miss. Brands such as Stantt and Threadmason have in recent times introduced up to 50 different size options to cater for the varying shapes of the human body, and now Fitbay is an online fashion discovery service that promises to only show users items that fit their body. READ MORE…

Personalized fashion store hides clothes that won’t fit

Anyone who’s ever ordered clothes online knows that getting an item that fits is by all means hit and miss. Brands such as Stantt and Threadmason have in recent times introduced up to 50 different size options to cater for the varying shapes of the human body, and now Fitbay is an online fashion discovery service that promises to only show users items that fit their body. READ MORE…

Modular boat is for both work and pleasure
Vehicles are usually designed to serve a particular purpose, with different functions calling for completely new designs. While in the past we’ve seen the hybrid Sealander caravan work on both land and water, the Ethos E30 modular boat can be reconfigured for different purposes, from tour boat, to fishing trawler to a family cruiser. READ MORE…

Modular boat is for both work and pleasure

Vehicles are usually designed to serve a particular purpose, with different functions calling for completely new designs. While in the past we’ve seen the hybrid Sealander caravan work on both land and water, the Ethos E30 modular boat can be reconfigured for different purposes, from tour boat, to fishing trawler to a family cruiser. READ MORE…

Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality
While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…

Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality

While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…

Marketplace’s mass produced, 3D-printed products are never exactly the same
3D printing has for a while been touted as a game changer in mass production, and we have already seen how the technology can be applied to consumer-facing business — for example, the Netherlands’ Zazzy platform, which lets customers design their own jewelry. Now a new marketplace called Dyo offers ‘artisanal’ mass-produced items that each feature individual design quirks and can be customized by the consumer. READ MORE…

Marketplace’s mass produced, 3D-printed products are never exactly the same

3D printing has for a while been touted as a game changer in mass production, and we have already seen how the technology can be applied to consumer-facing business — for example, the Netherlands’ Zazzy platform, which lets customers design their own jewelry. Now a new marketplace called Dyo offers ‘artisanal’ mass-produced items that each feature individual design quirks and can be customized by the consumer. READ MORE…

Russian supermarket brings Amazon-style personalized product recommendations in-store
Online consumers are by now used to getting suggestions of items they might like based on complicated algorithms that take into account their previous purchase histories, browsing data and the buying patterns of other customers, but this technology is lacking from brick and mortar stores. However, Russia’s premium LAND supermarket has now introduced a loyalty scheme initiative that harnesses data analytics to offer customers personalized shopping suggestions, coupons and recipes when they first walk into the store. READ MORE…

Russian supermarket brings Amazon-style personalized product recommendations in-store

Online consumers are by now used to getting suggestions of items they might like based on complicated algorithms that take into account their previous purchase histories, browsing data and the buying patterns of other customers, but this technology is lacking from brick and mortar stores. However, Russia’s premium LAND supermarket has now introduced a loyalty scheme initiative that harnesses data analytics to offer customers personalized shopping suggestions, coupons and recipes when they first walk into the store. READ MORE…

Forget S/M/L — mens’ tailored fashion comes with up to 50 size options
With consumers turning to the web to buy clothes, e-retailers are continually looking for ways to make sure they can get items at the right fit without trying them on. So far, these efforts have been aimed for the most part at women — take the InStyle Essentials range, for example, which lets customers browse tops by bra size. Now two startups — Stantt and Threadmason — are hoping to put an end to ill-fitting men’s shirts by offering a wide range of sizes and shapes to replace the standard small, medium and large options. READ MORE…

Forget S/M/L — mens’ tailored fashion comes with up to 50 size options

With consumers turning to the web to buy clothes, e-retailers are continually looking for ways to make sure they can get items at the right fit without trying them on. So far, these efforts have been aimed for the most part at women — take the InStyle Essentials range, for example, which lets customers browse tops by bra size. Now two startups — Stantt and Threadmason — are hoping to put an end to ill-fitting men’s shirts by offering a wide range of sizes and shapes to replace the standard small, medium and large options. READ MORE…

In the Netherlands, 3D printing enables consumer-designed jewelry
For jewelry makers, one benefit of 3D printing is creating prototypes of more expensive products before they’re made for real, something Hot Pink has been doing for engagement rings. However, Netherlands-based Zazzy is now using the technology to hand the design process over to consumers to offer them their own unique product. READ MORE…

In the Netherlands, 3D printing enables consumer-designed jewelry

For jewelry makers, one benefit of 3D printing is creating prototypes of more expensive products before they’re made for real, something Hot Pink has been doing for engagement rings. However, Netherlands-based Zazzy is now using the technology to hand the design process over to consumers to offer them their own unique product. READ MORE…

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases
Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…

Customizable smart lamp wakes up users during light sleep phases

Getting up in the morning isn’t easy – or helped by irritating beepers. We’ve already seen the Uniqlo Wake Up app tailor its alarm to the weather each day, and now the iwaku is a smartphone-connected lamp that eases sleepers into the morning by detecting light sleep phases. READ MORE…

Stylish planning app personalizes suggestions for weekly activities
We’ve already seen Koozoo‘s crowdsourced public video help users see what a location is like in real-time before they decide to go there. For those who have a hectic week to organize, Foresee is an app that informs users of the most opportune moments for a range of activities, to help them better plan their time. READ MORE…

Stylish planning app personalizes suggestions for weekly activities

We’ve already seen Koozoo‘s crowdsourced public video help users see what a location is like in real-time before they decide to go there. For those who have a hectic week to organize, Foresee is an app that informs users of the most opportune moments for a range of activities, to help them better plan their time. READ MORE…