Now you can have your Twitter, and wear it too.
One of the coolest technology trends of 2012 was Twitter fashion: dresses, shoes and more that infused Twitter tech into wearable merchandise.
Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Nicole Scherzinger, X Factor judge and former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, wore a Twitter dress by “wearable technology specialists” CuteCircuit to the launch event for EE, the UK’s first 4G mobile network, in November.
The dress, which took two months to make, had 2,000 LED lights which lit up to display tweets in real-time. As Nicole walked the red carpet, passersby and TV viewers could read live tweets with the hashtag #tweetthedress.
2. Adidas and British designer Nash Money unveiled a concept running shoe during the London Olympics that had a built-in Twitter panel, although it hasn’t yet come to market. The sneakers allow runners to tweet by using a small installed screen on the lower outer-sole.
The technologically developing idea of communication during competition could possibly be seen more of during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.
3. Microsoft Research developed an already award-winning “Printing Dress” – a dress made almost entirely out of paper that showcases tweets in real time – for the 2011 International Symposium of Wearable Computers. But the dress was a hit at the September 2012 New York Fashion Week, where it was installed at Bloomingdale’s and displayed savvy fashionistas’ tweets.
Would you wear a Twitter dress or Twitter shoes?