Some unlikely tech partnerships, and other staff picks

Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

Google is helping H&M construct a custom dress based on your personal data (Read by Alexandria H.)

H&M has been known to collaborate with distinguished brands like Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang, and Balmain, to name a few. But the fashion powerhouse is going a step further with its newest partnership with Google. The two companies are developing an app to collect lifestyle information like weather, location, and a user’s frequent whereabouts. Using that information, the app will choose fabric, colors, and accents to design a custom “data dress” that users can order right from the app. This will certainly solve the problem women often have of showing up to an event in the same outfit as someone else.

Six Flags and Samsung team up for a new ‘mixed reality’ roller coaster ride (Read by Camillia S.)

Apparently roller coasters with 400+ feet drops are not enough for thrill seekers anymore. A new attraction called The New Revolution Galactic Attack will bring augmented reality to amusement parks. Riders will receive Samsung Gear VR headsets to wear on the ride. Some drops will be real and others simulated, but the sensation should be the same throughout. If you’ve ever experienced virtual reality you know that it can cause queasiness, headaches or just a general out-of-sorts feeling, but Six Flags says the graphics shouldn’t make you feel any more sick than a regular roller coaster. It seems like a great idea, but still probably not something for those with weak stomachs. I think I’ll sit this one out, but if you happen to be in California, you can check it out when it debuts at the end of the month!

7 tech words that Webster’s thinks everyone should know (Read by Heidi B.)

Every few years Webster’s Dictionary “gets with the times” by officially adding some techy words to its vocab collection. (Who remembers when they added “tweet” back in 2011?) Well, it’s that time again. This week Webster’s added seven tech words to the dictionary. Some, like ping and photobomb, are pretty common but others, like bokeh and abandonware, were new to me. Read on to discover the full list, and maybe learn a new word or two.

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