The GPOP Team had the privilege of being invited to set up a booth at Wearable World featuring a special guest lecture by Robert Scoble. Check out the footage of from the event below:
GPOP at Wearable World
Wrist Watches are back!
Wrist watch, almost forgotten gadget which is now only worn as a fashion statement, is making a come back; and it's smarter than ever. Yeah, it's smarter than the Casio calculator watches. GPOP wasted no time after Google I/O 2014 to stylize the watches with the skins and the watch bands.
Why the smartwatch skins?
Unlike the regular wrist watches, smart watches need to sync and authenticate with your phone in order to fully enjoy all the features they have. For this reason, it is very difficult to have multiple smartwatches for different styles. Many wrist watch fans have more than one watch to match with specific fashion style; brown shoes with brown leather, etc. We believe GPOP smartwatch skins will solve this problem by providing an easy way to transform the watch to match with a desired fashion style. We have different skin designs for fun, active, classy, and elegant fashion style of your choice.
Why from GPOP?
We are not just a mass decal shop that uses same designs for all the devices out there. This practice is just not going to work since wearable devices such as Glass and the smartwatches have different form factor. The previous art works for the smartphone covers should not be used on your face and the wrist; wearable devices are more than just electronic gadgets that stays in your pocket. They are visible to everyone around you. GPOP understands that and we have been working with Google Glass since last year to focus on the wearable devices only. We understand the wearable fashion.
Today we are launching the smartwatch section with the skins only, but there is more to come. We are currently working with talented artists and the developers to come up with the matching smartwatch faces that are not only pretty but functional as well. We will also bring various wrist bands to further enhance the personalization.
The Legend of Zelda of course! We paired GPOP's conceptual take on the ever-famous "It's Dangerous to Go Alone" quote with Go Follow Rabbit's amazing Zelda World Map skirt. GPOP's Wood Grain Flow skin for the Glass helps the outfit blend into the mystical world of Hyrule, along with the quintessential brown boots and Fangamer'sBoss Key necklace. (Gotta get through those dungeons somehow!)
I'm sure Link's time spent in the dungeons could've been made easier had he a pair of Google Glass around. I personally think GPOP's Wood Grain Flow skin would've gone quite well with his iconic green ensemble, don't you?
GCSG + GPOP Retro Gaming Series: The Legend of Zelda
What an exciting news!
I would like to announce GPOP and Chara Kelley's first Glassware, Sign for Glass beta. This application will teach you American Sign Language by delivering one sign a day in a video format. I would like to dedicate this soft launch of our first Glassware to our own Glass Explorer, Chara Kelley. Chara Kelley is the mastermind behind this brilliant Glassware and we will continue to work with her to deliver the best content to you.
Glassware? What happend to the skins?
Don't worry! Our Glass skin business is not going anywhere. We promise to continue to deliver the highest quality Glass skin to our fans. But we believe that Glassware development for an application like Sign for Glass gives us more opportunities to influence larger audience positively.
GPOP is proud to sponser a Glass Meet Up at the University of Canberra. This is an exciting event, featuring prominent Glass Explorers as speakers. The event will take place on May 12th, and centers around thoughtful, critical discussions regarding technology as it impacts many sectors of our professional and personal lives.
From the event website - "This event is the first in a series of events investigating emerging technologies and their application to education, training and development.
This an opportunity for participants to experience, critically engage and speak directly with innovators and champions in this space. It is also an opportunity to consider how these technologies will impact upon your own professional work."
As every member of the GPOP is a Glass Explorer, we are excited about this event and the discussions that will evolve as the direct result of this. Alexander Hayes, who was instumental in putting this together, has completed dozens of interviews with various Glass Explorers. These interviews have covered a wide range of important topics, including: privacy, community, impact, technology and many others.
GPOP proudly sponsors event at University of Canberra
The GPOP team has put together each of our favorite designs. David, Ibrahim, Andy and Virginia all picked their favorite GPOP's, and put some photos together to share. Feel free to share your favorite designs with us as well, using the hashtag #GPOP! Also, we have a dedicated community on G+ where everyone can share photos and ideas!
We also need to mention that we never would have made it this far without the support of the community. All of the Glass Explorers have been incredible to interact with - giving us ideas, suggestions, feedback and comments. We appreciate that more than we can say.
GPOP Creative Director Virginia Poltrack put together this amazing poster to provide business owners with a fun and creative way to promote the acceptance of Google Glass at their establishment.
"We Welcome Google Glass" Poster by Virginia Poltrack
Hi, my name is Mica Oba and I am the creator of lily X Ren, a nerdy beauty and fashion blog specializing in a subculture of style…geek chic! Basically, geek chic is the integration of nerdy elements like games, anime, manga and comics into everyday outfits. It’s a way of expressing your nerdy interests without being over-the-top or overly simple. I frequently work with fashion photographer and games coverage specialist Rose Silvestre of Embersandroses. Together we will soon launch our new Youtube series, the Geek Chic Style Guide. For our first collaborative series with GPOP, we will put together looks based around a central theme of retro gaming. The inspiration for this stemmed from GPOP’s conceptual designs of some classic video games.
For this first outfit in the series, I paired GPOP’s conceptual Google Glass and Pebble Pacman skins with their “GOAL” t-shirt taking note of the polka dots considering the nature of the game itself. The main inspiration for this styling was Comme des Garçons’ collaboration with H&M from 2008 and Japanese street style. Going by the aesthetic of Japanese street style due to the origin of CdG, you can also pair these items with New Balance sneakers, a cult favorite in Japanese men street styling.
It has been almost 4 months since we've produced Google Glass skin. We've been validating the idea of stylizing Google Glass with the explorers community and the support has been great. It's almost dream come true for everyone in our team to work on the most advanced technology with such an innovative community.
Because you believed in the idea of stylizing Google Glass, GPOP is now stepping our game to the next stage. We've just invested in the top of the line, state of the art, printing machine. We have now ability to print in metallic ink and print on metallic material. Electro Blue design with metallic blue ink sounds pretty cool.
Printer Has Arrived
Ibrahim taking selfie with the printer
There have been many custom order requests since we built Design Your Own application. We will try to get to everyone and produce custom skins in the next couple weeks. We really appreciate your patience; this printer is what we have been waiting for. We promise that the printing and decal quality will get significantly better. We are also working to improve our customer service and shipping time.
We are growing!
Do you remember the days when we used to make MIX CDs and share with friends and family? It was meaningful, considerate, and truly a experience sharing gesture. What happened to this experience these days; something that technology won't solve?
While we were attending MDOT Design Stupid Pop Up store @ WHotel SF with brushed gold GPOP on Charcoal Google Glass (not released in public yet), we came across this gorgeous lady with stunning gold dress with black pattern. This is wearable technology fashion at its best.
Wearable Technology Fashion Look Book #1 - Space Punk
From one of my G+ circles, Pete Stergion shared the leaked photos of new Pebble smart watch in Steel. This model is believed to be launched during CES 2014. Given that the only difference between the version 1 and version 2 are the aesthetic elements, it is hard to be much excited as a smart watch fan. What do you think?
Happy new year everyone! GPOP is very excited to announce Poppin Wednesday. Last year, many of you had asked us when we will be releasing new designs. We've been listening to you, and this year we would like to do something different. We are bringing small weekly excitement to your life; something that you can look forward to every week. We are going to release new set of GPOP skins every WEDNESDAY.
With this routine, we will be able to prepare new designs more efficiently; shipping, design, photographies, and the description of the products will all enjoy major improvement. Basically, you will enjoy better product and customer service.
For the first week of January 2014, we've just added three new designs to our collection.
1. Punk Goggles
This steampunk inspired skin was requested by many G+ members, especially, Philemon Vanderbeck. After couple rounds of iteration, we have the first steampunk inspired skin, 'Punk Goggles.' The matte lamination over grey and yellow color gives metallic look and feel to the skin; adding more depth. Great news for everyone Glass explorer; this skin will look good all five colors of Google Glass.
This Apple 5C inspired skin was first introduced last month as a concept work. This skin has received rave feedbacks from G+ community and we've decided to release it to the public. Pearl satin finish adds luxury feel to the skin without interfering with the touch pad.
You've read it right; it's not Neon Green, it's Neo Green. It is believed to be one of the hottest colors for Spring 2014. We've added GPOP's signature crown logo in the battery area and the arrows on the touch pad.
Year 2014 is going to be known as the year the wrist watch made come back. Digital watches of 80's stormed the fashion industry and became an icon of the decade. The smart watch now has much bigger potential than the 80's simple digital watch. With Samsung Galaxy Gear already out in the market battling with one of the first smart watches, Pebble, and the rival, Sony, the smart watch will become the technology that will evolve faster than any other technology we have seen in the past. Wrist area is going to be the target for all the technology companies, and this will truly be the first place where technology and fashion will collide for years to come.
With everyone criticizing the new Apple products and saying that Apple without Steve Jobs is no longer the Apple which won over millions of people and made kids collapse on the floor and start crying until their parents buy them the new Apple products. With the new cheaper version of iPhone, iPhone 5C being compared to Crocs, the owners of the new products are not seen as hip any longer. But let’s remember that it was not only Steve Jobs who made Apple the way it is, the industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger was the chosen one, he created the prototypes of a lot of Apple products on the market today, but he did that in the 1980s, before most of the users were born.
Harmut Esslinger won the competition Apple Snow White, where the designers had to create futuristic designs of what they think the Apple products should look like in the future. If you take a look at most of his designs, you will where people got the inspiration to create the iPad and many more devices, so I guess it’s all about thinking way ahead of your time, not only blindly following the current trends. To get inspired by the genius, you could purchase his book “Keep it Simple”, where he talks about his inspiration and what design means to him. He did not only create the prototypes of the Apple designs for the years to come, he created the DNA of all the future Apple products. “Technology changes at a fast and furious pace, but human change is very slow. Through some very hard lessons, I’ve learned one key principle for dealing with this lack of synchronicity: technologies come and go, but brands have to live on. Put simply, culture always wins.”, says Harmut Esslinger. Hopefully Apple will either have a rebirth just like the bird phoenix, or stay true to their DNA of simplicity, yet tech savviness.
Apple’s DNA - Sasha Zabelina
Earlier this year, Google Glass announced the winners of some 8K people asked participate in the #GlassExplorer program and receive a pair of the high-tech specs for a trial run (before the masses). Winners have a rather large, Twitter following and super-sized social media exposure.
Some of these winners were our very own lime-lit celebs we often buzz about, making this even more interesting of a test-run.
Here is the quirky, somewhat surprising list of celeb-techie-testers that are took (and are taking) a part of this eye-opening movement.
1. Soulja Boy – How does super-manning look when you're superman? 2. Neil Patrick Harris – Because everyone just loves him. He needs a pair. 3. Alyssa Milano – How does the world look through the eyes of one hot actress? 4. Kevin Smith - Jay and Silent Bob should strike back...thru Google Glass. 5. Brandy Norwood – The day in the life of a former child/music star…one must know how that looks now. 6. Imogen Heap – Eclectic, lady digital musician. Sold. 7. Matisyahu – He doesn't drink, smoke or party. He deserves a Google Glass! 8. Newt Gingrich – We really do need his POV…really, we do.
Google Glass is not just about what you can do with them on…but what you can show the world when they're on. This testament holds true as seen one of the world's biggest festivals of the year, TomorowWorld, where a few of the world's biggest DJ's rocked Google Glass as they spun some of the most memorable sets of the year for fans from all over the world. TomorrowWorld, took place this past September just outside of Atlanta, is a spin-off of one of the world's most famous musical festivals that takes place in Europe every year.
Widely known DJ, Nicky Romero, gave fans something they've never seen before: what a DJ sees as they gaze into a sea of their thousands and tens of thousands of fans. Romero rocked a pair of Google Glass thru his entire high-energy, explosive set. Featuring an HD camera in the lenses, Romero's spectacles gave fans the delight of seeing how a DJ controls the crowd spinning his banging hits, and rocking out full force. It looks like we are entering an entirely new era through this looking Glass.
The hope this is just the beginning... taking people on an incredibly journey and point of view.
ROCK OUT: DJs Use Google Glass at TomorrowWorld for Fans
It's not the newest evolution of the blazer or crop top that made headlines at the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week in early September, rather the newest gadget on the block, Google Glass. These spectacles made quite the spectacle themselves as high-fashion models editors, bloggers, fashionistas and celebrities of all kinds test drove the wearable gadgets on the red carpet…putting all eyes on something very different and unique in fashion.
With 'wearable technology' making one it's first official splashes within high fashion and couture at the Spring 2014 NYFW, both techies and fashionistas must have now realized (if they haven't already) they are trolling the same territory. The cross-road is now upon us, where fashion and technology are front and center…together!
Wearable-tech is catching rise and becoming increasingly popular in big metropolitan cities, especially that of San Francisco, home to the Valley and the epicenter of technology on the planet, and and within San Francisco's Fashion Week (SFFW13). It's now, that we are seeing technology and high-fashion take a fierce walk on the runway…in unison.
GEEK TO CHIC: The ever-so-chic Project Runway judge and fashion editor, Nina Garcia, the Spring 2014 NYFW sporting Google Glass everywhere streamed live photos, videos and fashion highlights across all of Marie Claire's social media channels. Nina's stride toward making technology 'sexy' and front and center at Fashion Week truly made one the most impactful statements of this season's Fashion Week creating a perspective for within Fashion Week for the fashion curious and addicts of the world. Last season, one of fashion's most illustrious designers of our time, Diane Von Furstenberg, collaborated with Google and accessorized her finale walk with a pair of tangerine Google Glasses. DVF incorporated this momentous collaboration to capture footage for the models' perspective for a short documentary film, setting forth a sincere footprint for wearable-tech in fashion.
It's on the runway and the red carpet, look out Google Glass is making it's own high fashion statement.
San Francisco Fashion Week - Day 6 : Pose with Google Glass
and BAM, GPOP was able to snag a media pass for San Francisco Fashion Week for the rest of the event. I bet our photographer Andy Kwan would be the happiest person. Emerging designers of San Francisco showcased their talents tonight. But of course, we were here for some Glass fun. and of course... I can't resist to strike a pose; show casing Gangnam Style tuxedo from last year.
San Francisco Fashion Week Day 5 - Can Google Glass become a fashion icon?
Thanks to Owen and Robert, GPOP was able to get a booth @ Fashion Tech Expo along with other creative / innovative SF fashion start ups. #sffw13
It was a good place to get feedback and validate GPOP's main idea. The fashionistas of San Francisco's blissful reaction did more than the concept validation for GPOP. They even mentioned that they will get Google Glass because there is a product like GPOP available now.
Here are some of the photos we were able to capture during the expo with our beautiful fans.
and of course... I couldn't resist... See the rest of San Francisco Fashion Week 2013 through our Instagram.
Google Glass Street Fashion - Union Square, San Francisco
We are having soft launch on the 15th of September!
What does soft launch mean? Our product will not be final, thus, we will only sell the prototype version to the invited guests only. Early guests will be awarded with the final products for free when we go full launch on October 1st.
Would you like an invitation? Please send the invitation request to firstname.lastname@example.org