WHAT IS MACHINA?

MACHINA is a wearable technology brand that merges fashion and technology in a practical 
and visually appealing way.
We are creating a world where wearable technology is no longer a novelty item.
MACHINA uses the existing culture around cutting – edge technology to create a menswear 
fashion brand with wearable technology.

Where/WHAT is the Midi Controller Jacket?

The midi controller jacket is a jacket that will allow musicians to control and create music through sensors and body movements.  

The jacket has several sensors.  
Three flexible sensors which can detect your finger’s position.
One accelerometer which can detect your arm’s acceleration
One flex sensor
A joystick
4 push buttons

All of these sensors and buttons can be configured by the user, but they come with presets and initial configurations.

The sensors are invisible except for placeholders to make sure that the jacket can be used as a regular jacket, we want integration to be complete, and that’s why we’re working so hard in making sure that, while the sensors are there, they do not affect the look and feel of the jacket.

It is currently in its last stage of development, finishing its last tests.  After it is finished, we will launch the project on Kickstarter, this’ll be around July 7th.  

Do you have store locations? 

We will be selling in Common People, a concept store located in Mexico City, starting July 7th, 2012.  The address is Emilio Castelar #149, Col. Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico.

Where  is the technology?

Currently, we have four lines of products: 

  • Products with embedded electronic technology.  These are products which have technology embeded in them.  We have the Midi Jacket, which will be available on july in kickstarter. 
  • Products with ink and fabric technology.   All of our t-shirts have either thermochromic  or photochromic ink.  The message on the t-shirt will change depending on sunlight and on body temperature.  
  • Products that revolve around gadgets.  We are developing a new methodology for the construction of some of our products, so that they adapt easier to our current lifestyle.  Our jeans are built out of 62 pieces, (instead of twelve) so that the adjust to your knee while sitting down, they maintain their shape in 3d, they are more comfortable, and look better. 
  • Products that interact with mobile devices.  We are working in having augmented reality with t-shirts.  It is currently under development. 

Where are you based?

We are a multidisciplinary team.  Some of us live in Mexico, others in Pakistan, and others in Japan. 

Do you have store locations? 

We will be selling in Common People, a concept store located in Mexico City, starting July 7th, 2012.  The address is Emilio Castelar #149, Col. Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico.

How can I collaborate?

We are creating a strong community that will extend the functionality of our products beyond what we had in mind for them.  We want that a lot of people will be able to replicate the immediate functionality of our products, but the true value will lie behind the extension that our community provides. All of our clothing will be modifiable and reproducible, and extendable.

We are selling and distributing kits that people can build upon and extend and going into profit sharing models with them.