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Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
I pride myself on a well-timed dirty joke, but there is always a time and place for that special brand of filth. But what about the filth and grime that invade my life—no, I’m not talking about off-colour comments or offensive tweets. I’m talking about the gunk that is smeared across my device screen just waiting to infect me with the black death!
Did you know that your screen is 10x dirtier than a toilet seat? (source: Daily Mail)
The first Monday in May is a sacred night to those who worship the fashion gods, and this year was no different. The MET Gala, which is one of the most coveted fashion events of the year partnered with Apple and injected life into an evening of art. The gala, which marks the grand opening of the annual fashion exhibit celebrated fashion in an age of technology. For me, this red carpet event is more thrilling than the Oscars. It is where attendees can really explore fashion as a form of art, rather than just sporting your every day ballgown (well, who doesn't have an everyday ballgown?). On this carpet, you can push the limits, pull out all the stops, and leave gossip sites saying, "WTF was that?" This year did not disappoint. From over-the-suit droid armour to dresses controlled by computers the carpet was home to designs that went to incredible lengths for their craft.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend... Wait, no! It's Spanx, definitely Spanx. On second thought let's go with wearable tech! (The #FutureIsNow ladies). Over the past year and a half, I have spent more cash on one of these categories (don't worry it's not the elasticated underwear). I have handed over my pennies in favour of technology that promised to help keep track of my hectic and sometimes unhealthy lifestyle. From fitness trackers to wearable cameras a common theme among my growing collection has become apparent--plastic, plastic, and more plastic. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with plastic but now and again I feel like my wearables look like yet another accessory for Mattel's material girl. Then something miraculous happened--well maybe not miraculous--but it was finally a step in the right direction... WiseWear! The smart bracelet, dubbed Socialite, was introduced as an alternative to that sweaty piece of rubber that many of us sport around our wrist. The luxurious wearable is more than a step counter and security device; it is downright delectable. Finally, a device that's practical and posh, perfect for anyone who likes a little function with their fashion.
It's more than just fun new gadgets and a haven for nerds, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a peek into the future. In 1970, the VCR debuted and changed the way we watched television. It allowed viewers to time-shift their content, record it and watch it later. When 1996 rolled around the DVD shook the market once again. Every year we are invited to check out the next batch of innovative ideas that could impact how we go about our everyday lives. This year there were over 700 wearables on the showroom floor, proving that wearable technology is the future (whether you like it or not). Virtual reality also continued to be a large part of the event, but I have chosen to save that for another day--I have a couple of playdates set up with a variety of HMDs (head mounted displays) coming up! From major players like Intel and Samsung to a surge of startups showing off prototypes, CES 2016 had innovative tech that had people talking. Check out some of my favourite gadgets and devices from this year's consumer electronics show.
Christmas is right around the corner, and I can already taste the excessive amount of food and drink that I will be consuming. But before I'm able to get eyeball deep in turkey I've got to finishing my holiday shopping. Yes, I have left it to the last minute. Yes, I do this every year. So here is my gift to you, Wet Haute Tech's Ultimate Gift Guide for 2015. It's a curated collection of gifts for everyone on your list. I hope this helps you finish (or start) your holiday shopping.
It's that time of year again! You're gleefully searching Pinterest for the lastest Christmas themed cookies and you're decking the halls like an elf on a sugar high. The presents are almost wrapped and you've managed to cross everything off your list. But have you thought about after the family arrives? The screaming kids, complaints about the turkey being too dry, and that uncle who always manages to end up face down in the egg nog! It's your home and you're stuck with these people. But what if I told you that you could escape, escape to a beautiful beach, even if it was only for a couple of minutes. When the pressure becomes too much and you can't handle the heat take a little virtual vacation. You might not be able to feel the sand between your toes, but you can find a little serenity in your Griswold gathering.
From ring cameras to bagpipe flamethrowers the gadgets of James Bond have always been something of pure fantasy. But with today’s fast moving technology and the wearable tech boom, Q’s gadgets seem to be finding their way into our everyday lives. Maybe not the bagpipe flamethrower, but hey, a girl can dream. If you are anything like me, you fantasize about the day you will have your very own Q, who can supply you with the best toys tech can offer. I don’t know if that day will ever come, so I have taken to just hanging out at Best Buy on weekends. So to help you on your journey of reaching '00' status I have highlighted gadgets you should consider grabbing if you are serious about your spy career (or if you just want to play with some fun tech).

— Donna Karan Quote on Design
For many it can seem impossible but self love is one of the most important relationships you will have in your life.  It’s not an affair or a one night stand, but something you will always have to work on (unless you’re Kanye, he loves himself, and probably a little too much). If you are in need of a reminder to accept your weirdness or to adore your curves I have a couple of suggestions for you. In the absence of Kanye teaching Learn to  Love Thyself workshops there are other avenues that you can try. I have never been one for affirmations, but according to a recent article in Wired, Serena Williams has found them quite useful. Now, I suggest these on the basis that they help trigger positivity and not that you will gain the ability to win Wimbledon. Although, if you do win, I expect you to credit this blog post! Now, rather than stuffing scrolls that resemble inspiring fortune cookies into your pockets I recommend checking out the 30 Days Self Love app. By using the app you are committing to telling yourself  “I love you” daily, out loud, and on video. You can choose to share your videos or keep them private. This has worked for many, so it might just work for you—let me know if you try it out.