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LIV is Kickstarting a beefy and bold chronograph for race lovers

LIV Watches is a crowdfunding darling with a number of Kickstarted watches under its belt. Now it’s offering a unique set of watches to backers, including the Liv Genesis GX-AC , an automatic chronograph with date. The watch runs a Sellita Caliber SW500, visible through the see-through back, and features a screw down crown and massive metal pushers. The company prides itself on the size of its watches and this piece is no exception. The GX-AC isn’t wildly big – at 46mm it’s just a bit bigger than most Android Wear watches – and it fits nicely thanks to a rounded rubber band that hugs the top and bottom of the case. There is a small running seconds hand at nine-o’clock and registers for minutes and hours at noon and six. gallery ids="1654222,1654220,1654219,1654218,1654217" If you’ve seen automatic chronographs before you know what you’re in for – a standard movement encased in a special steel case that is designed to appeal to a certain demographic. LIV is also Kickstarting a number of other watches, including a Day-Date chronograph that is flight-inspired and a diver, so check them out . However, if you’re into this piece then you’re in for a treat. It starts at $790, far below most mechanical chronographs I’ve seen, and the workmanship and quality of this piece is quite nice. I wore it a little over the past few weeks and found it very comfortable and easy to read. The running seconds hand is a bit small and the lume is limited to the pips and hands but as a fashion/everyday wear piece it’s excellent. If you particularly like the style – F1 racing meets Kylo Ren – then you’re probably going to like this thing and since they’ve already surpassed their goal and hit $602,000 you can expect delivery of your perk

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Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket will let you know when your Uber is here

Remember Project Jacquard? Two years ago, Google showed off its “connected” jean jacket designed largely for bike commuters who can’t fiddle with their phone. The jacket launched this past fall , in partnership with Levi’s , offering a way for wearers to control music, screen phone calls, and get directions with a tap or brush of the cuff. Today, Google is adding more functionality to this piece of smart clothing, including support for ride-sharing alerts, Bose’s “ Aware Mode ,” and location saving. The features arrived in the Jacquard platform 1.2 update which hit this morning, and will continue to roll out over the week ahead. It’s sort of odd to see this commuter jacket adding ride-sharing support, given that its primary use case, so far, has been to offer a safer way to interact with technology when you can’t use your phone – namely, while biking, as showcased in the jacket’s promotional video. (See above). But with the ride-sharing support, it seems that Google wants to make the jacket more functional in general – even for those times you’re not actively commuting. To use the new feature, jacket owners connect Lyft and/or Uber in the companion mobile app, and assign the “rideshare” ability to the snap tag on the cuff. The jacket will then notify you when your ride is three minutes away and again when it has arrived. When users receive the notification, they can brush in from their jacket to hear more details about their ride. Another new addition is support for Bose’s Aware Mode , which picks up surrounding sounds and sends them to the user’s ear through supported headphones. The feature is helpful in terms of offering some noise reduction without losing the ability to hear important things happening around you – like approaching vehicles, horns, and other people, for example. Jacquard will now allow users to turn any gesture into a toggle for Aware Mode to turn it on or off for Bose’s QC30 and QC35 headphones. And lastly, the jacket will support being able to drop a pin on the map to save a location then see, share or edit it from the app’s Activity screen

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Kidbox raises $15.3 million for its personalized children’s clothing box

Kidbox , a clothing-in-a-box startup aimed at a slightly younger crowd than StitchFix, has raised $15.3 million in Series B funding to expand and scale its business. The round was led by Canvas Ventures, and includes participation from existing investors Firstime Ventures and HDS Capital, as well as new strategic partners Fred Langhammer, former CEO of The  Est ée Lauder Companies Inc., and The Gindi Family, owners of Century 21 department stores. To date, Kidbox has raised $28 million. The company was founded in October, 2015, then shipped its first box of clothing out of beta testing during the back-to-school shopping season the next year. Similar to StitchFix, Kidbox also curates a selection of around half a dozen pieces of clothing and other accessories (but not shoes), which are based on a child’s “style profile” filled out online by mom or dad. The profile asks for the child’s age, sizes, and questions about the child’s clothing preferences – like what colors they like and don’t like, as well as other styles to avoid – like if you have a child who hates wearing dresses, for example, or one who has an aversion to the color orange. “Those answers  feed into a proprietary algorithm –   we’re very data science and tech focused,” explains Kidbox CEO Miki Berardelli. “That   algorithm hits up against our product catalog at any given moment, and presents to our human   styling team the perfect box for – just as an example, a size 7 sporty boy. And from there, the styling team looks at the box that’s been served up, the customer’s history, if they’re a repeat customer, the customer’s geography, and any notes the customer added to their account,” she says. The box is then put together and shipped to the customer. Berardelli previously worked at Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, and was President of Digital Commerce for Chico’s (Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma). She joined Kidbox in September 2016, after meeting founder Haim Dabah while he was searching for Kidbox’s CEO.

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Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet just launched a venture firm

In 2015, the fashion world was abuzz when Natalie Massenet, who founded the highly disruptive e-commerce fashion company Net-a-Porter , suddenly exited the scene weeks before a merger was sealed between NAP, as it is called, and Yoox, an Italy-based discount fashion e-tailer and e-commerce services company. According to an expose written soon afterward, Massenet left because she didn’t have much say in the matter. Luxury industry giant Compagnie Financière Richemont, which acquired a majority stake in Net-a-Porter back in 2010, didn’t give her one despite that Massenet thought the deal undervalued NAP. (In January, Richemont spent more than $3 billion  acquiring the shares of the combined company that it didn’t already own.) Fast forward three years and Massenet is back and in a role where she has plenty of say in a lot of things: as a venture capitalist. Indeed, today, she’s taking the wraps off her year-old firm, Imaginary Ventures , which she cofounded early last year with investor Nick Brown, and that just closed on $75 million in capital commitments for its debut fund. The idea behind the vehicle is to back early-stage opportunities at the intersection of retail and technology in both Europe, where Massenet is based and the U.S., where Brown spent the last six years, working as a partner at 14W , a New York-based venture firm that focuses on consumer tech in the fashion and e-commerce sectors. Among Brown’s deals: the shoe company Allbirds, and the eyewear company Warby Parker. Others of 14W’s many bets include Reformation, Moda Operandi, Goop, The RealReal, Maple, Lola, and Outdoor Voices. “Nick and I have been good friends for a long time, and would spend hours discussing our shared view of the consumer retail space, and where the industry was headed,” Massenet tells us of how the two came together. “It was during an initial conversation over lunch that the idea for Imaginary started to come together: let’s build a fund focused on early-stage businesses obsessed with the consumer, and help create the global retail brands and platforms of the future.” “At 14W,” Brown adds, “I felt that the rapid changes we were seeing in retail were only just beginning.

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Gwynnie Bee is bringing subscription clothing rental to traditional retailers with launch of ‘CaaStle’

Gwynnie Bee , a subscription service offering women an “unlimited closet” of clothing for rent, believes its model is one that can be expanded to traditional retailers, too. And today, it’s officially taking the wraps off a new technology platform which will allow retailers to offer a subscription clothing rental business alongside their existing channels. The platform is cleverly dubbed “ CaaStle ” – the name referencing “Clothing as a Service” (itself a play on subscription-as-a-service, or SaaS). It offers retailers a turnkey solution where all aspects of the subscription business – including the website, the databases, the logistics, the cleaning, returns, packing, shipping, and more – are handled. CaaStle is actually something founder and CEO Christine Hunsicker had envisioned from the beginning, she says. “When we first started the company, this was the goal – build the platform and the technology that would power a new economy for retail,” Hunsicker says. “From day one, we were building this, but we had to prove the model would work. We also had to have a way to prove that we could do it right – that we could ship boxes and process inventory – so we brought up Gwynnie Bee as our first service on top of CaaStle,” she explains. Founded in 2011, Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental service that originally served the plus-sized women’s clothing market, but expanded at the end of January 2018 to include sizes 0 through 8, as well. (It does so in a different way than most, however – it only adds the smaller sizes for items that are available from 0 through 24, as a means of encouraging brands to make more plus-sized apparel.) The company plays in a larger market of clothing rental businesses, several of which are on the upswing. Rent the Runway, for example, just raised $20 million from Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Joe Tsai; Le Tote just became the first U.S. subscription service to enter China. Gwynnie Bee doesn’t share its subscriber numbers or other metrics publicly, but says it’s doing better in terms of that ideal 3:1 ratio for SaaS companies – the Customer Lifetime Value to Customer Acquisition Ratio , that is – which is a crucial measure of a successful subscription business. Above: CaaStle homepage With CaaStle, retailers simply send Gwynnie Bee their inventory, and the rest is handled. Gwynnie Bee builds the front-end site under the retailer’s name

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Researchers find the best way to press a button

When all you have is a finger everything looks like a button . But what happens if you’re unable to press buttons or, more likely, we begin using robots and other tools to interact with the real world? That’s what researchers at Aalto University, Finland, and KAIST, South Korea wanted to find out when they started examining how humans tap buttons. “This research was triggered by admiration of our remarkable capability to adapt button-pressing”, said Professor Antti Oulasvirta at Aalto University. “We push a button on a remote controller differently than a piano key. The press of a skilled user is surprisingly elegant when looked at terms of timing, reliability, and energy use. We successfully press buttons without ever knowing the inner workings of a button. It is essentially a black box to our motor system. On the other hand, we also fail to activate buttons, and some buttons are known to be worse than others.” During their study, they assessed the push buttons – buttons with actual travel – were more usable than touch buttons and that the best buttons were the ones that reacted at time of maximum impact. The researchers created something called “Impact Activation.” These buttons activate only when they are fully pressed, thereby ensuring that users will know exactly when they are and are not tapping a key on a keyboard or even a musical instrument.

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CoEdition raises $4 million from NEA and others for its plus-sized shopping site for women

The average American woman is plus-sized, but only 18 percent of clothing sold in 2016 was size 14 or higher. This disconnect in the world of fashion looked like an opportunity to a team of four former Gilt execs, who are today launching a new e-commerce site, CoEdition . The site will cater to women sizes 10 through 26, offering a curated selection of contemporary clothing from top brands, including Stuart Weitzman, Tahari, Rachel Roy, and others. The company is backed by Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan , former Gilt technology head Kent Helbig , Gilt’s fashion director and head of brand acquisition  Brooke Cundiff , and former Gilt Chief Merchandising Officer, Keith George , now CoEdition CEO. “Brooke was doing some consulting for a brand in this space, and realized there were a lot of new brands coming on and a lot of momentum in the market,” explains George, of CoEdition’s founding. “But no one was really bringing it all together. No one was bringing all these different brands under one roof,” he says. The new site aims to better cater to that customer sized 10 and up, helping them find the right item, the right fit, as well as discover new brands to try. At launch, CoEdition features over 1,000 items from 20 brands, but plans to grow its selection over the course of 2018 to reach 150 brands, and tens of thousands of items. This will include clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, swimwear, and lingerie, at “contemporary” price points – that is, the average price point for the items it carries is around $150. “We like to say is that we’re aspirational, but accessible,” notes George. Purchases will ship for free for the time being, and CoEdition expects to open up international shipping by mid-April.

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New Xbox Live Avatars May Be Launched This Month – Ubergizmo

New Xbox Live Avatars May Be Launched This Month Ubergizmo Subscribe to Ubergizmo on Youtube. We first heard reports back in 2015 that the Xbox Live Avatars could be revamped. No definitive announcement was made until last year even though there were multiple hints suggesting that this was going to happen ... and more »

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Snoop Dogg’s venture firm just closed its debut fund with $45 million

 Snoop Dogg, the rapper, entertainer, and businessman, can claim another small victory in a long string of career highlights. The venture firm that he cofounded a couple of years ago, Casa Verde Capital, has closed its debut fund with $45 million. The money was raised in earnest last year, says managing partner Karan Wadhera, an alum of both Goldman Sachs and Nomura Securities who joined… Read More

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The X-ONE H1 is a new hybrid smartwatch for the fancy traveler

 Since the dawn of smartwatches the fancier watch lovers among us have wanted a mechanical watch with all the features of a smart watch. A few comers have attempted this nearly impossible feat and now the X-ONE H1 is now giving it a try. The X-ONE H1 has an internal mechanical movement that powers the hour, minute, and seconds hand, just like a regular automatic watch. Further, there is a… Read More

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Levi’s To Use Lasers To Ethically Make Their Jeans – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Levi's To Use Lasers To Ethically Make Their Jeans Ubergizmo Subscribe to Ubergizmo on Youtube. Thanks to fashion, people these days are buying brand new clothes that have been designed to look like they've been worn for at least several years, but hey, that's fashion for you. However did you know that the ... and more »

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AZZA Titan 240 Case Review – Overclockers Club

Overclockers Club AZZA Titan 240 Case Review Overclockers Club My last AZZA case review was for the Nova 8000 at the beginning of 2016, and that was a great case with some really cool features. Since then AZZA have added several more cases to their line up, and along with the cases there are some other interesting ...

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FoldiMate Folds Your Clothes | Ubergizmo – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo FoldiMate Folds Your Clothes | Ubergizmo Ubergizmo Folding clothes has been a house chore that has been left remarkably intact despite all the technological evolution and revolutions we had in the past 100 years. FoldiMate proposes a clothes folder which can fold select items perfectly within ~10 ... and more »

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