Samsung Officially Unveils the Gear S2 Smartwatch

Following a preview of Samsung’s new smartwatch, details have emerged that reveal its specifications. The company will introduce the wearable in two different options: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. Both will feature a round, 1.2-inch diameter touch display in 360 x 360 resolution, a dual core 1.0 GHz processor, 4GB of internal memory, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Gear S2 will be available in two color options: dark grey with a dark grey rubberized band and silver with a white rubberized band. The Gear S2 classic will be available in a black case with a matching black leather band.

As of now, Samsung hasn’t released any information regarding pricing, but those interested can learn more at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this Thursday.

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LIFUL Unveils Fall/Winter 2015 “NEW STRUCTURE” Collection

Korean streewear label LIFUL has released a Fall/Winter 2015 collection entitled “NEW STRUCTURE.” With the colder weather in mind, the range of apparel includes boxy fits and drop-shoulder styles that are practically designed. Included in the collection are anorak jackets, longline check shirts, zip sweatshirts, hoodies, denim shirts, zipped jogger pants, and MA-1-styled jackets. LIFUL’s first delivery of the season is online now and will arrive at select stockists in the near future.

Be sure to check last month’s LIFUL collaboration with women’s apparel label MISCHIEF.

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It Looks Like YEEZY Season 2 Is Debuting Next Week

YEEZY Season 1, the first collection designed by Kanye West for adidas Originals, is not even in stores yet and it looks like the next one is debuting already next week. It was not officially announced, but some movie theatres have listed the Kanye West YEEZY Season 2 Premiere on their programs already and since the first season had been live streamed to movie theatres across the globe, it seems very likely that that will happen again this time around. For now the listings all seem to point to a September 10 screening, which falls right into the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule, and therefore makes completely sense. We will keep you posted once we know more.

YEEZY Season 1 is coming to retailers across the globe early October, check it out here.

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Nike Goes High Fashion With the Air Foamposite Pro “Gucci”

Later this week, Nike is set to release a Gucci-inspired colorway of the Air Foamposite Pro. The popular Swoosh silhouette features a blacked-out upper, with red and green accents detailing the kicks accordingly, and a gum outosle residing underneath. The body of the makeup boasts a matte finish, as with the majority of Foam releases, we expect these to move rather quickly.

A release is scheduled for this Friday at Nike providers like Atlanta’s Wish. Retail is set at $240 USD.

Did you snag any of this past weekend’s hottest releases?

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Chameleons Change Color to Stand Out, Not Blend In

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There’s a misconception that chameleons change their color to blend in to their surroundings but research shows the opposite is true. In fact, chameleons’ baseline color (shades of green or brown) is camouflage and they naturally blend in.

It’s when they want to express themselves (e.g., feeling threatened or annoyed) that they dramatically change their color. The secret are iridophores, a layer of cells just beneath the chameleon’s skin. Iridophores are salt crystals made from guanine that are less than 1/100th the width of a human hair. And the faster they change their color, the more excited they are.

KQED, the PBS station in San Francisco, recently produced a segment delving into chameleons color-changing ways for their 4K YouTube series Deep Look.

You can check out the video embedded below as well as find a collection of stills and gifs from the segment, graciously provided by the KQED team.

 

 

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Scientists used to believe that chameleons changed color by spreading out pigments in their skin, much like octopuses or squid do. The top layer of chameleon skin – called the epidermis – contains yellow pigment cells called xanthophores, and red pigment cells called erythrophores. But the amount of pigment in the cells stays the same, even when the chameleon changes color. [source]

 

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Just beneath the chameleon’s skin is a layer of cells called iridophores. These cells contain microscopic salt crystals, which are arranged in a three-dimensional pattern like oranges stacked on a fruit stand. [source]

 

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When light hits the crystals, some wavelengths are absorbed and some are reflected. The result, to our eyes, is the beautiful rainbow of colors on the chameleon’s skin. But what we’re actually seeing is light that is bouncing off of these tiny crystals. [source]

 

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What we perceive as green, for example, is blue wavelengths of light being reflected off the crystals and through the layer of yellow xanthophore cells in the chameleon’s epidermis. The result is bright green skin that contains no green pigment. The process of changing color is called metachrosis. [source]

 

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Robbie Madison Details His Historic Ride Surfing Waves on a Motorcycle

Earlier this month, Australian Robbie Madison made history, becoming the first individual to surf waves on a motorcycle. Appropriately, DC Shoes was there to document the momentous occasion, thus presenting the aptly titled Robbie Madison’s Pipe Dream. In following up on the highly-entertaining footage, they are now back to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at the insane feat.

DC Shoes will be dropping off the revealing clips in three stages, as today we have the first from the series. Press play above to check out Robbie Madison’s Behind the Dream Part 1: The Making of Pipe Dream to gain some insight into the mayhem that took place. The final two entries will become available on September 1st and 2nd, respectively. Stay tuned.

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Études Studios and NEW TENDENCY Unveil the ‘META’ side table for Paris Design Week

Parisian label Études Studios has teamed up with Berlin’s NEW TENDENCY in preparation for this year’s forthcoming Paris Design Week. Simple in aesthetic and functional in form, both parties share a mutual understanding for contemporary design; which is presented in their collaborative “META” side table rendered in signature Études blue.

Études Studio and fellow agency NellyRodi are scheduled to host a NEW TENDENCY instillation at the brand’s flagship store on Rue Debelleyme. Alongside the installation, 15 exclusive first edition “META” side tables will be launched alongside a new design from NEW TENDENCY called the “THRONE” chair. For more on the collaboration head directly to Paris Design Week‘s official website, then check out Études geometric menswear offerings for Spring/Summer 2016.

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