Blog - Page 3 of 3 - Wet Haute Tech
1815
blog,paged,paged-3,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-10.0,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.12,vc_responsive

Blog

Saturday mornings are usually reserved for sleeping in, but this past weekend I trekked it (not far, I know) to Richmond Hill for the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show. Usually when I prepare for an event I like to make a list of must-sees for myself, so I can avoid being overwhelmed by vendors. Well, I forgot...and I had to go into survival mode and curl up in a corner with the glossy show guide before I began elbowing my way through the crowds. Due to the shows origins in home audio and video there was an extensive amount of vendors showcasing what's new and exciting in that industry. I'm not in the market (yet) for building my ultimate home theatre, so I skipped over these exhibitions. If you are interested in speakers that can blow your socks off, I do recommend checking them out next year. My first stop on my list was a presentation by Marc Saltzman. I managed to weave in and out of guests without seriously hurting myself or damaging precariously perched products. Saltzman a tech journalist, radio host, author, and overall enthusiast hosted a seminar featuring the  Top Tech Trends Worth Getting Excited About. As a tech nerd, I already had an inkling of what he would be covering but I always find it invigorating watching crowds discover what is happening in the industry (so many ahhhhhhs and gasps). Saltzman hit the nail on the head with his list; which I have listed below--although I was hoping he was going to share something completely new like an invisibility cloak or a teleporter.

— Laurie Anderson Quote on Technology
As a kid I had dreams of being a superhero, they had capes, colourful tights, and gadgets that could stop villains in their tracks. Now as an adult I have given up on the cape—it kept getting stuck in the door—but the tights and the gadgets I still yearn for. Earlier this year I discovered We Are Wearables a meet up that brought people together to discuss wearable tech, or gadgets for your superhero belt (either way it’s a group of kick-ass people). This Saturday I am excited to join the first (of many I hope) We Are Wearables Gives Back event. Partnering with Toronto Public Library, We Are Wearables will be giving kids a chance to get their hands on wearable technology and inspiring them to become superheroes.
If you are anything like me, you have been holding on to Summer and cursing the day you see the first snowflake. Well, turns out I started cursing early (swearing like a sailor)! I have been forced out of my gladiator sandals and into something a little warmer. Forget feeling the sand between my toes it's all about the leaves now--just to be clear I am not running barefoot through the leaves. So I shall update my wardrobe and accept that it's time to layer up. This Fall I've decided to not only update my wardrobe but boost its functionality. Wearable tech is the hottest trend this season (and for the seasons ahead). So if you haven't checked out fashion tech before this is the time to do it. Here are some of my favourite stylish wearables for Fall.
It was believed that fashion and technology were industry opposites, but last week that thought wouldn’t have crossed your mind. Startup Fashion Week hit Toronto with Canadian designers and startups that prove that the fashion industry is changing. It takes a community to run a business in this industry, and this week-long program provides conferences, workshops, runway showcases, and guidance to help connect and accelerate entrepreneurs. No longer is the industry limited to the designers and their stylists, fashion tech startups are exploding onto the scene. After all the guest speakers and networking had completed it was time to go out with a bang. This exciting week of exhausting and exhilarating events concluded with the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase and closing party. This highly coveted affair featured a runway packed with fashion and tech, and the evening was--of course--coated in cocktails. Before the models hit the catwalk guests were invited to chat with some of the designers who were featured in the show. So with a Fireball Whisky cocktail in hand I fell in love with some new designs and tech toys! My first stop was with the Telus booth that was featuring the new Moto 360 2 smartwatch. Now as an avid Apple fan and a devoted cult follower of all things Mac I wasn’t sure why I even went over but I did (I blame the cocktails). Instead of shaking my head in disgust at my beloved Apple’s competitor my heart skipped a beat. These smartwatches fit on my wrist perfectly; it was like I was Cinderella and Moto was my glass slipper (not sure about the Prince Charming, but he was a really nice Telus Ambassador). As someone who has creepy childlike wrists, it was nice to see a watch that wasn’t overwhelming and bulky. The interface looked great, and all the features were there. It slightly hurts me to say this, but the smartwatch point goes to Motorola (for now). Have I added this to my Christmas list? You betcha! [caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Moto 360 2 smartwatch Moto 360 2 smartwatch[/caption]

— Ashton Kutcher on Fashion and Technology
I am finally over that TIFF hangover, but I am also in film fest withdrawal. My hangover may have lasted a month, but at least it was another experience to last a lifetime. The ten-day long cinematic carnival featured spectacular films, but I must say there is another festival that has just captured my heart. There were no celebrities, not an ounce of champagne, and I didn’t have to wear a suffocating dress. Last week I attended the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival (KVRFF) presented by VRIDEO. The traveling showcase of the best cinematic virtual reality stopped by Toronto last Sunday. We were treated to 20 short films from moviemakers from across the world and the night not only showcased their hard work but an interesting and honest panel discussion. Kaleidoscope wasn’t my first VR film event, a couple of weeks ago I checked out FIVARS, which was the catalyst to my new found love of virtual reality films. So how does a VR film fest work you might ask? Forget about renting out an expensive theatre any space will do. The evening’s event was hosted at the Twist Gallery on Queen West. The perfect place to wrangle VR lovers alike. The room was grouped into sections, and you were able navigate the gallery and check out a variety of experiences. Armed with Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift VR headsets guests were able to view animation, 360-interactive experiences, and live-action 360 video.

If you are somebody who lacks motivation and needs someone else to workout with or you get lonely on your morning jogs, there is an app for that. Dubbed the Tinder for fitness Whistle is a unique location-based app where users create a profile featuring their workout...