New @Nasa Inspired Tech Bracelet Will Make You Sparkle #WearableWednesday
Well looked what popped up on my social media this week—a gorgeous bracelet showing off a NASA Hubble telescope image. This is from ThinkGeek, well known for their sci-fi/fantasy/tech flavor of fashion, home stuff and just plain silliness. This classy piece showcases Celestial Fireworks, the image that NASA used to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hubble science. Here’s the scoop on the image in NASA’s words.
The sparkling centerpiece of Hubble’s anniversary fireworks is a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2, named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.
There’s something very Ray Bradbury about this piece with its glistening LED stars and magnetic hinge. It also has a short charging cable, so you don’t have to worry about batteries. Worried about dark movie theaters? It’s got you covered with a stealthy on/off button.
There’s been a surge of cosmic fashion this past year, from universe inspired leggings to galaxy printed fabrics. It’s nice to see NASA images used for wearable tech that can be appreciated every day by those of us who are Earth bound. If you are trying to upgrade your jewelry to something that leads to fun conversation about tech, you should also check out our iNecklace. It’s the classic power symbol on machined aluminum and it pulses in a soft white as you might expect. I can vouch for it as I received one for Valentine’s Day one year—it is my fave piece of jewelry. It has also led to some pretty interesting chats at hacker conventions and even those yada yada innovative biz meetups. You never know when a little light will open the door, so be bold.
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