Interview: Yuki Katsuta, Global Head of Research and Design at Uniqlo

Addressing LifeWear, Roombas and next steps for a brand that doesn't make "disposable clothes"

Last week, the global talent behind Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo assembled in New York City to debut their forthcoming wares and clarify the meaning of a term that’s factored into their brand of late. This word, “LifeWear,” doesn’t represent one particular division of Uniqlo. Rather, it encapsulates all of their clothing and accessories. It’s a carefully considered statement aiming to affirm the brand’s commitment to …

Air Pollution Vacuum

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed a “vacuum cleaner” which uses copper coils to generate an electromagnetic field which would pull airborne particles in smog down to earth for cleaning and disposal. The device is not a cure-all answer however, as Roosegaarde says he designed the tool to help draw attention to air pollution in general, and to encourage others to think creatively …

Google + Pixar

A million lines of code, an air pollution vacuum, NIGO for Uniqlo UT and more in our weekly look at the web

Can your smartphone draw you into a story? The technology inside our phones rivals high-end game consoles like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and yet even though we are increasingly dependent on our phones, our relationship with them is restricted and almost primitive. Google’s Motorola division hired a team from Pixar (including the co-director of “Ratatouille”) to create the interactive narrative “Windy Day” that appears …