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Google and H&M Will Design You a “Data Dress”

Through a forthcoming Android application, users can consent to have their activity and lifestyle data monitored – by way of the Awareness API – to create a their own, personalized, custom-made dress

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Through a forthcoming Android application, users can consent to have their activity and lifestyle data monitored – by way of the Awareness API –  to create a their own, personalized, custom-made dress that’s ordered through the app. Excuse me, it’s officially called the “Data Dress,” says Google.

1. Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make you a “data dress”

Google says it teamed up with H&M’s digital fashion house Ivyrevel on a project dubbed “Coded Couture.” Through a forthcoming Android application, users can consent to have their activity and lifestyle data monitored – by way of the Awareness API –  to create a their own, personalized, custom-made dress that’s ordered through the app.

The “little black dress” will never be the same. The idea is that you can translate your life and your lifestyle into a unique, wearable look. But in reality, the resulting creation mainly displays your routes and routines as lines on map, sans street labels and points of interest. Users can also choose which style of dress they want, whether a look for work, parties, or formal events.

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A onetime darling of Japan’s financial world and a driver of growth for the 7-Eleven convenience store group is facing some inconvenient truths as more Japanese go cashless.

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