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The LiLu Smart Bag makes you the light of the party

The fashion of EDM culture is as unique as the music it produces, with festivals packed to the gills with attendees flaunting some of the most vibrant, colorful, and standout outfits you’ll ever see. It makes sense: the point of most of these festivals is to be happy and friendly — and make an impact while doing so.

While there are plenty of ways to do so, there aren’t many stronger than the LiLu Smart Bag. This slim purse sports a flexible LED panel that reacts in real time to music that’s playing, making it a perfect companion for any EDM festival. An internal pocket in the purse itself is great for keys and other small accessories, while beside sits a micro-USB slot to charge the LiLu’s 10-hour battery.

Fashion Technology

SizeGenie grants shoppers’ wishes when their clothing sizes are needed

It would be great to have a device on hand that could tell a consumer what their correct clothing size is – especially when ordering products online and there’s no tailor around to take measurements.

patent-claimedSizeGenie is a low-cost 3D body scanner that does exactly that and aims to put an end to buying ill-fitting clothes that must be returned. The device uses patent-pending scanning technology that combines infrared sensors and cameras to obtain a 3D form of the person using it. That form is then further refined to arrive at a series of precise measurements that are shown in inches and centimeters.


Gym Beans lets you tote your shampoo and body wash on your wrist

Working out is an important part of staying healthy and keeping one’s stress levels at a minimum. Sometimes, though, carrying all of your toiletry needs to the gym can be a bit of a hassle.

Gym Beans is a toiletry bracelet that promises to help fix that. While the product may be too bulky to wear while working out, it’s certainly light enough to casually toss in your gym bag and to put on while taking a post-workout shower. In this regard, Gym Beans should make the workout experience just a tad more convenient.

It’s worth noting that it’s not entirely clear what Gym Beans is made of and whether or not it houses any hypoallergenic properties for those with sensitive skin, an especially important consideration when sweat is part of the equation.

The Gym Beans Kickstarter campaign seeks to raise $10,000 by April 20, 2015. For $10, backers can get one bracelet with an expected delivery of May 2015. Fashion forward buyers might also like to check out BÆNDIT and Vega Edge.


Like the celebrity you’re stalking, the Davek Alert Umbrella never leaves your sight

Umbrellas have the unique distinction of being incredibly useful while simultaneously instilling a sense of dread that hangs around its users. After all, once an umbrella is bought, it’s only a matter of time before it gets lost or stolen.

The Davek Alert Umbrella focuses on making sure your umbrella doesn’t get lost at all. By employing an embedded Bluetooth LE beacon at its base, synced to an iOS or Android device of course, the Davek Alert Umbrella alerts users when it finds itself more than 30ft away. The companion mobile app also makes it possible to disable proximity awareness for a specified length of time while also providing usage recommendations depending on the weather.

The umbrella design itself is nothing to scoff at, either. It boasts a zinc alloy handle, a core made of aircraft-grade aluminum and flexible fiberglass, and a water-repellent outer coating. This makes it rigid enough for high winds yet flexible enough to open and close on a dime with its automatic push button system. All of the above pretty much makes this the best umbrella one could ever buy. Backers can grab their own for $99, and expect it in September 2015 provided the campaign hits its target of $50,000 by April 12, 2015.


Hook Me Up provides scratching relief for those with weaves

Many women weren’t born with the luscious locks of, say, a Farah Fawcett type. As such, there are many options for taming that do’ including braiding, chemical straightening, wigs and the ever-popular weave. A weave, for those who don’t know, is when the original hair is tightly braided and pieces of fake hair are woven through these braids to create a longer, straighter look. Weaves look great, but can be itchy, somewhat painful, and hard to remove without professional help.

The Hook Me Up is a tool for those women who sport a weave. On one end is a small hook, slightly resembling a crochet hook. With this end, women can undo their weave on their own and remove the thread holding everything together. It also features a razor inside of the hook that can cut through thread if need be. Removing the hook unveils a small straight metal rod. This can be used to scratch underneath the weave without damaging the quality of the hairstyle.

The other side of this little tool is a two-pronged fork. This is for the knot starting each weaved row, which, according to the campaign, is the tightest and most difficult knot to undo. By wiggling the fork in there, it becomes much easier to undo the knot.

For the scores of women with weaves, this little tool is just the thing. It’s small and completely portable. Not to mention that it provides relief for the common itching problem that goes along with weaves. One can be had by backers for a donation of $150 for estimated delivery in July 2015. Hook Me Up is hoping to raise $13,500 on Kickstarter by mid-February.


BÆNDIT glasses will twist and color your fashion world

If variety is the spice of life, then BÆNDIT has a lot going for it. Not only will these sunglasses reduce the glare on a sunny day, but they also allow people to show their true colors and encourage creativity. The silicone frames are bendable into pretty much any shape, which makes them easy to store when not in use, or something convenient with which to play when one is just bored. In addition, they can be used to hold onto stuff like money or earbuds. The pieces are also interchangeable so that users can create their own color style or fashion statement. As for the lenses, not only do they come in some fun colors, but they also filter out 100% of any harmful UVA, UVB and UVC.

This seems like a fairly quality product with some fashionable and fun potential. Backers who enjoy products with interchangeable options might also like to check out Mod-to-Order interchangeable watchbands and Interchangeable Flip Flops This product seeks to raise $20,000 by February 10, 2015. Backers get one pair of sunglasses for $35 with an expected delivery of February 2015.


Smooth and Shape tames heinous manes with no heat necessary

Any curly girl knows that straight hair is more or less a fantasy without the help of a professional stylist. Hair straighteners and hot rollers can help tame the frizz, but many warn that the use of too much heat can damage the hair or even cause it to fall out.

Smooth and Shape is a new way to straighten hair using little to no heat. The system consists of boards and clips, both made of plastic. To use, section out wet hair and smooth hair over the board. Take one clip and attach at the top by the root of the hair and the second clip attaches to the bottom of the board. This way, it’s possible to adjust the tension. Then, it looks like the hair can either dry naturally or be helped along by a blow dryer.

The campaign features a video comparing the results of braiding the hair to using the Smooth and Shape. The creator, an African American woman, shows both results and demonstrates how her product produces more consistent results for an afro-type style that won’t shrink over time.

The videos showing the Smooth and Shape at work don’t really do much to convince that the product straightens hair very effectively. As its name would suggets, it seems to more smooth rather than full on straighten hair and does so a bit awkwardly. Still, this product isn’t a bad one for those with unruly manes. Backers can donate $30 for a starter kid of five boards and 10 clips with estimated delivery in May 2015. Smooth and Shape is hoping to raise $45,000 on Kickstarter.

Connected Objects Fashion

Dazln illuminating interactive fingernails nail a not-so-bright idea

Holiday attire can go one of two ways: either those dressing up do so elegantly, or they miss the mark completely. DazIn falls firmly in the latter category by being a chip containing cover for your nails that lights up when close to a device with NFC (near field communication). An embedded light blinks when close to your Android phone in an effort to add some holiday cheer to any situation, but all it will end up doing is provoke weird stares and questions for all the wrong reasons.

Although DazIn is waterproof, that does little to add to its desirability. The creators behind DazIn have priced a single nail at $10, but just don’t expect it to work with any model of the iPhone at all. Android phones with NFC are fair game, but it seems like an interesting design choice to not have it work with one of the most popular phones in the world. In any case, DazIn is looking for $10,000 to make this bizarre nail light show a reality. Backers can celebrate in time for Christmas with an estimated delivery date of December 2014.


Maii folds up reading glasses into a slick pocketable package

Once you gets to the point where you’re willing to admit that reading glasses are necessary, you then must face the issue of how inconvenient they are and how frequently they end up getting lost. Maii is attempting to take the “old” stigma (but not the astigmatism) out of needing reading glasses by attempting to make them not only somewhat trendy, but also fold up in such a way so that a case is no longer necessary. The titanium frames will certainly last if they don’t get lost. While these glasses can be worn like a necklace, so can standard reading glasses. However, the average person usually doesn’t have the desire to do that. Nowadays, there are many styles of reading glasses available in many different stores, and they are very inexpensive, but admittedly, the frames are not made of titanium and are not flexible. This campaign seeks to raise €100,000 (~$124, 600 USD) by December 20, 2014. Early bird backer get one product for €299 (~$373 USD), with expected delivery in June 2015.

Fashion Luggage and Bags

FaceOff bag has replaceable flaps so it’s always your bag

FaceOffPeople function in many different roles throughout their day. Whether they’re doing sports, hanging with friends or going to a meeting, it’s essential to have the right accessories for each persona. The FaceOff messenger bag offers a way to carry the same bag around for different purposes and comes in several different colors. It has several flaps for varied occasions that can be changed out easily. All of your stuff remains in the bag, but the style of the bag changes either with a more formal business flap, a reflective flap for cycling or a utility flap with extra pockets. For $116, backers will receive one bag with two flaps of their choice by September 2014. FaceOff hopes to raise $36,000 in a 35-day Kickstarter campaign.