Augmented reality for drivers may be here sooner than some might think, as BMW’s Mini brand reveals its prototype eyewear at Auto Shanghai.
The Mini Augmented Vision eyewear links the car and the driver, transmitting basic information such as speed and speed limits, but adds other practical features for the 2010s lifestyle.
Mini foresees that one can enter the destination when outside the car, and have the data sent there for use in the eyewear. There will be a navigation display from one’s current location to the car, or from the car to the final destination. If a message has been received, an icon will appear, and the SMS can be read out by the car. Points of interest and navigation arrows can also appear in the eyewear; the latter can show highlight available parking spaces.
The science-fiction-sounding features, which BMW believes can be realized, include “X-ray vision”, a virtual view through parts of the car, such as A-pillars and doors, rendering items that may be hidden from the driver’s seat.
Finally, the company’s augmented parking feature projects images from a camera in the passenger’s side door mirror so the driver knows how far the car is from the kerb.
All of this is in line with the BMW Group’s research, which forecast increasing urbanization and the need for associated services.
BMW cooperated with Qualcomm on the technology, while the design and colour concept of the eyewear was created by Designworks.
Project manager for Mini Augmented Vision, Dr JÃ¶rg PreiÃŸinger, said in a release, ‘This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brandâ€™s trademark sense of lifestyle.’
â€˜We are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile,’ said Jay Wright, vice-president of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. ‘Mini Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of whatâ€™s possible today, and what we can expect in the future.’
Kylie Jenner, on Instagram
With nearly 21 million followers on her Instagram, 17-year-old Kylie Jenner will be an influencer, and her hair choiceâ€”going with a turquoise wigâ€”could spark some copycats out there who decide that this is the “in” shade. Her latest photo sporting the look (above), at the Coachella festival, has already netted a million likes in just over 12 hours. Our first entertainment video goes through Jenner’s hair history, with the dark locks at the start, before her bleaching and ombre trend.
Both Jenner sisters, Kylie and Kendall, headed to the festival this weekend. Kendall hit the 1970s vibe with a cropped top and max skirt, while Kylie also went with a cropped top, sleeveless vest, and white shorts. Fergie channelled the â€™70s vibe, too, with her brown fringed waistcoat, denim shorts, and ankle boots on day one; and a fitted lace dress and black fedora for day two.
Paris Hilton, who was at Kari Feinstein’s pre-Coachella suites, and her sister, former Lucire cover girl Nicky Hilton, went with white crochet ensembles (bikini top for Paris; dress for Nicky); one of our 2014 news-makers, FKA Twigs, wore a simple chiffon dress; and BeyoncÃ© similarly went with chiffon with her maxi dress and black leather ankle boots.
With Coachella in California right around the corner, Kari Feinstein certainly knows how to ring in the festive weekend with a dazzling ambiance. The two-day-long event welcomed celebrities into the private space at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. Kari Feinsteinâ€™s Pre-Music Festival Style Lounge welcomed a slew of guests including Paris Hilton, Jenna Ushkowitz, Shanola Hampton, Kate Nash, Vanessa Simmons, Alessandra Torresani, Daisy America, Nick Simmons, Perry Reeves, and many more. Acton Rocketskates, Desigualâ€™s chic style, Band of Gypsies’ nomadic look, Liberated Heart, Cuff, Bohemian Bones, Blaine Bowen jewellery, Kneady Bakery, Pow Wow Design Studio and Deepa Gurnaniâ€™s India-inspired jewellery line each contributed to the exclusive setting.â€”Lola Cristall, Paris editor
The St Regis Ä°stanbul hotel has dÃ©buted a Bentley suite, named for the car brand, its interior inspired by the current Continental GT model.
A collaboration with St Regis Hotels & Resorts, the suite features a balcony overlooking MaÃ§ka Park with views of the Bosphorus and the city. There are floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Ä°stanbul’s sights.
Bentley design cues are present in the living room, bedroom, the one and a half baths, the dressing room and powder room.
The entrance’s mirrored ceiling reflects the marble floor, inset with a Continental GT wheel-inspired design. The living area’s veneer walls are meant to evoke the Continental’s interior, and the living room’s sofa’s leather is shared with the car’s. Bentley’s diamond upholstery is present on the sofas, which have two champagne bottle coolers, while the light installation evokes the Continental’s jewelled headlights. The curves of the NÃ¼rburgring race track are suggested in the way the rug has been cut, and both the living area and bedroom rugs capture the Bentley grille in abstract form.
The wet bar, with olive ash, is inspired by the Bentley’s dashboard, and the bar doors reveal three Breitling clocks. The humidor in the bar set-up has been hand-crafted in Bentley’s own wood shop. Items from the Bentley home collection feature throughout the suite, including the chaise in the bedroom.
The work desk sits alongside a 40-inch pop-up television, while the bed base, tailor-made from burgundy hide and bright engine spin, also conveys the lines of the Bentley Continental GT’s interior. Controls for the room are accessed via a touch panel and Ipad.
The master bathroom has a dual-basin sink, glass-enclosed rainforest shower, and free-standing glass-enclosed bathtub. There is a 19-inch mirror TV and an adjacent dressing room. The suite also has an additional full bathroom and powder room.
Naim Audio equipment, which is available on the Bentley as an option, appears throughout, with the SuperUniti player in the living room, and the Mu-so wireless system in the bedroom.
The new hotel has been designed by Emre Arolat in the art-dÃ©co style. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant and the Iridium Spa also appear at the new property.
Zen Hair Extensions is tying its latest promotion to Coachella, which begins on Friday in California. It makes sense: if there’s a lack of showers and the days are especially hot this spring in California, then hair extensions will allow attendees to sport great hair through the festival with a variety of styles. The company sources from remy human hairâ€”the highest grade of human hair, with the cuticles intactâ€”giving a more natural look.
Almay says its Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick collection has the perfect shade, with each colour developed to complement one’s skin tone. Each lipstick features jojoba, coconut oils and vitamin E, aiding hydration. The new range has 12 shades but, as you can see in the photograph, they manage to cover quite a lot of tastes. Retail price in New Zealand is NZ$14Â·95, on counter at Farmers and selected pharmacies nationwide.
Finally, Pandora has announced that it has upgraded four of its US stores, at Bridgewater Commons in Bridgewater, NJ; Walden Galleria in Buffalo, NY; Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH. There are new jewellery fixtures and a more spacious environment at each location, with their grand reopening events having taken place at the end of March. Pandora says the four set a precedent for its other US stores.
Specsavers has identified six trends for autumnâ€“winter 2015, endorsed by its Sydney style ambassador, General Pants Co.’s Pip Edwards.
Taking the Pantone report for the year, the marsala colour is in; as are grey and blue (including aquamarine, navy and azure); bold, graphic shapes; the return of the aviator styles; and transparent glasses.
While the retailer will launch items from Osiris Eyewear, Tommy Hilfiger and Puma this season, they also offer their own designs.
Some of the “in” styles for each of Specsavers’ trends are shown below.
Edwards was named a Specsavers ambassador in mid-2014.
Osiris BrontÃ«, NZ$369 for two pairs; Pentax single vision lenses included
Alfa, NZ$119 for one pair; Pentax single vision lenses included
TH 75, NZ$459 for two pairs; Pentax single vision lenses included
Osiris Gino, NZ$369 for two pairs; Pentax single vision lenses included
Osiris Luigi, NZ$369 for two pairs; Pentax single vision lenses included
Player, NZ$169 for two pairs; Pentax single vision lenses included
Above The two personalities of Little Ghost: the Roma (NZ$279). The Lilac Empress (NZ$199).
We’re impressed with Little Ghost, a new label we were introduced to at Lucire recently. The brainchild of Amber Bibby, who knew she had to make a venture with the name a reality after the two words popped into her head five years ago, the range consists of cool wallets, clutches and handbags, all with a sense of sophistication and adventure.
The range is new, but Bibby already has something for those who want subtle (the Roma fold-over handbag complete with cellphone pocket and detachable and adjustable strap, NZ$279), or attention (the Empress, a clutch in black with gold studs, or the Lilac Empress, in white with silver studs, NZ$199), or in between (the Blue Moon Chariot is striking but has a classic design, at NZ$199). The Juno wallet and the the Fortress shoulder bag offer Little Ghost magic in other sizes.
The Little Ghost range is available online via its website, www.littleghost.co.nz. There are also Facebook and Pinterest pages, and an Instagram account.
Top Little Ghost’s Blue Moon Chariot has a baby blue finish. Centre Little Ghost Fortress (NZ$229). Above Juno wallet (NZ$199).
Dove wants to change the way women think about themselves with its new campaign, called Choose Beautiful. According to its 2010 research, 96 per cent of women do not choose the word beautiful to describe how they look. Its new five-minute film, shot in San Francisco, Shanghai, New Delhi, London and SÃ£o Paulo, encourages women to choose beautiful to describe themselves, to radiate their inner confidence and become happier.
The film shows a building with two doorways: ‘Average’ and ‘Beautiful’. Those who chose the latter reported that they felt better, having made a statement publicly about how they viewed themselves.
It ties in with Dove’s #SpeakBeautiful campaign to encourage women to understand how words impact on self-esteem and confidence.
Dove will partner with Women in the World this year, a summit that brings together inspirational female leaders to discuss women’s issues. This year’s summit in New York, on April 22â€“4 at the David H. Koch Theater, includes Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Freida Pinto, Thandie Newton, Ashley Judd, former senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Diane von Furstenberg, Barbra Streisand, Christiane Amanpour, Obiageli Ezekwesili (Bring Back Our Girls), author Elif Shafak, North Korean human rights’ activist Yeonmi Park, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Zainab Salbi and others. Dove will host a session on the 24th, ‘The Beautiful Brain’, discussing beauty and choice with Newton, Dr Stacie Grossman Bloom, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Dr RÃ©nÃ©e Engeln, Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University.
The five-minute film is shown below, and Dove has set up a site on Tumblr.