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Bike can be adjusted to the perfect fit and style
In the past, we’ve written about Spain’s Orbea Grow, a kids’ bike with an adjustable frame that caters to growth spurts. However, one reason adults avoid riding a bike is because frame size options for grownups are fairly limited and finding one with the perfect comfort level is a difficult task. Aiming to change this, the Brooklyness Universal Bike lets owners tweak the frame to their body size and shape, as well as whatever riding style they want. READ MORE…
Hyper-customizable men’s shirts offer over a billion options
Consumers come in all shapes and sizes and have their own individual tastes, meaning that mass-manufactured fashion often falls short. We’ve already seen companies such as Stantt and Threadmason offer up to 50 different shirt size options, and now Original Stitch is enabling customers to truly personalize shirts with their choice of fabric, color, pattern and design, providing over a billion possible permutations. READ MORE…
App-controlled airplane seat lets passengers customize their experience before they board
A key aspect of a holiday is comfort, and consumers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to what helps them feel at ease. While we’ve already seen the UK’s Whitbread hotel chain let guests customize their room before they arrive through itshub project, now Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airplane seat that can be controlled by an app or which automatically detects their entertainment preference using social data. READ MORE…
Body-scanning touchscreen corridor offers digital recommendations in-store
It’s difficult for retailers to keep a consistent brand across both their online and offline stores when the two offer distinct experiences, but we have in the past seen attempts to combine physical and digital, such as Nordstrom‘s in-store promotions based on real-time Pinterest activity. Bringing the digital experience even more in line with brick and mortar shopping, France-based shopping center specialist Klépierre has now developed the Inspiration Corridor, a booth that uses body recognition, as well as purchase histories, to suggest items to consumers and help locate them. READ MORE…
Design-your-own car decals enable easy personalization
The fashion industry is one that has embraced customization of its products to enable wearers to express themselves when they’re out on the street, but the same can’t be said for cars, with options limited to paint color or bumper stickers. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, StickOut offers large, easy-stick decals designed by professionals and personalized by the consumer. 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…