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British Airway's Color Changing Blankets Track Passengers' Emotions (video)

British Airways has been testing the  “happiness blanket”, a high-tech blanket that changes colors according to the passenger's emotions. The blanket has optical fibers woven into it  that can sense the brainwaves of the user with the use of neuro-sensors measuring a person’s brainwaves. It then changes color, from red to blue, to show when they are at their most relaxed and meditative to anxious. The blanket connects with a headset via Bluetooth that tracks the brainwaves. The tiny LEDs glow according to the feed it receives from the headset.

Why? “Using technology like the ‘happiness blanket’ is another way for us to investigate how our customers’ relaxation and sleep is affected by everything on board, from the amount of light in the cabin, when they eat and their position in the seat,” British Airways said in a news release.


H/T: Luxury Launches, Business Week


What Happens When Brands Swap Colors

Brazilian graphic designer Paula Rupolo has taken iconic logos and swapped them with other companies highlighting the importance of color in branding, marketing, and logo design. We know that color is the first thing that people see followed by shape then numbers and words. Because we are so used to seeing these logos, it's fascinating too see how this tricks our brains and in some cases it may take a second to re-visualize the original logo in its original color. 

H/T: Toxel, Original article: Printsome


Scribble: Any Color Anytime From One Pen 

The Scribble Pen is the world's first color picking pen. Developed by Scribble, this innovative pen can hold over 100,000 unique colors in its internal memory and can reproduce over 16 million unique colors. It's like a point and draw box of a million colored pens with a 16bit color sensor. Genius! 


A Scribble Stylus will also be released which connects with Scribble+ mobile app bringing all the captured colors via blue tooth to the users cell phone or tablet. 

And it's pretty affordable! The Scribble Ink is $149.95 and the Scribble Stylus is $79.95. They are about to launch a Kickstarter  and offer 20% off to early orders. Great gift for designers and doodlers.

H/T: Tuvie  


Tiny Things On Pantone Chips

Tiny PMS Match is a project by Texas based designer Inka Mathew that is on Tumblr. Tiny items are placed on their corresponding Pantone chip. The descriptors that go with each one are personal and pretty funny. Overall, it's a fun study of color and everyday objects. 

It's easy to spend quite a bit of time going through each one. Check out more on the Tumblr page. 


Chromosonic: Color Changing Fabric Responds to Sound (video)

Budapest based textile designer, Judit Eszter Karpati decided to try an experiment that would bring digital technology to textile design. She says, "My main interest in textile design is the dynamically changing surfaces, structures, integrating interactive technologies into textiles. In my works I’m looking for new ways of interaction between human and textile." Her creations can change the fashion world forever! 

Chromosonic is a fabric that can change its color based on its surroundings by using the Arduino open-source platform. The textile is first covered in silkscreen, then a special dye is applied that changes with temperature. Wires have been woven into the fabric and they heated up by sound- causing the fabric to change color. 


Logo Design Style Swap

Writer, Jenna Giles , experimented with logo swapping for a recent article. She Focused on famous luxury fashion brands and deliberately swapped them with companies that could not be more different.


This logo design swap study proves that design, typography and color play an integral role in branding.  When swapped, these logos loose their identity - the look, tone and feel are all amiss to the brands they represent. How would your logo stand up in a swap?



Pantone Swatch Pixel Art

‘PANTONE As Pixel’ is a new series by Spanish artist Txaber, in which he uses PANTONE swatches to create pixelated posters. It's amazing that he tells you the number of colors and pieces of swatches it took to create each one. 



The Emotional Power Of Logos