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Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball shoe collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

REEBOK × PANINI

Reebok and sports card manufacturer Panini America have announced a rare collaboration highlighting cultural icons Allen Iverson and the coveted “Prizm” brand. Releasing globally November 4 alongside a retro-inspired apparel capsule ($40-$60), the collection is championed by three Prizm parallel iterations of A.I.’s historic Question basketball shoe.

Introduced in 2012, Panini America’s Prizm sports card brand – with its high-gloss Optichrome designs, desirable rookies, and coveted short-print parallels – has quickly become one of the most sought-after and defining products in modern sports cards culture. Then there’s Allen Iverson, an explosive six-foot guard out of Hampton, V.A. who as a rookie in 1996 would splash onto the scene and – wearing his signature Reebok Question – go on to redefine the game of basketball and its many subcultures. In Reebok x Panini America, these two irrepressible forces collide.

“This has been a long time coming,” commented Jason Howarth, VP of Marketing at Panini America. “The Prizm brand has helped launch sports trading cards into the global mainstream. It reaches beyond the hobby, just like Iverson reaches beyond basketball. To be able to authentically bring together two iconic brands who each have such a deep connection to sports, collectibles, and culture – we think this one will be fun for everyone who engages with it.”

Across product, Prizm fans will appreciate special design hits like shrink-wrap-inspired all-over logo branding, embroidered Iverson autographs, light-reactive parallel treatments, classic Panini yellow-tag branding, Rookie Shoe badge hang tags, and more, all across three unique parallels: 

Question Mid Tiger Prizm (HQ1097/$170, HQ1103/$110): Widely available in adult and youth sizing, this wearable colorway nods Iverson’s tenacity, taking cues from Panini America’s admired Tiger Prizm parallel with overlays across a white leather upper.  

Question Low Rookie Signature Prizm (HQ1099/$140): Available in more-limited quantities, this design puts a glossy royal blue Prizm spin on the low-cut Question, paying homage to Iverson’s rookie team colors.

Question Mid Black Pulsar Prizm (HQ4135/$170): Rare in distribution, this Question Mid offers a narrative on the flashing lights surrounding A.I. via Panini America’s hyper-rare Black Pulsar Prizm treatment on the upper alongside smooth suede overlays. 

Select pairs purchased from Reebok.com and local retailers will come with a pack of limited-edition Panini America x Reebok Iverson trading cards. Each card features beautiful imagery of A.I. from the early 2000’s captured by legendary photographer Gary Land with designs drawing inspiration from Prizm, Question, and other Reebok Iverson product lines. From these packs, consumers will have the opportunity to “pull” special Prizm parallel cards, short-printed Iverson on-card autographed cards, Iverson-worn patches, and more. (Comprehensive checklist available upon request.)

Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball shoe collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.
Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball sneaker collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

In late September, Reebok and Panini America “teased” the collaboration with a rare friends-and-family Blue Dazzle Prizm flip (HQ4562) on Iverson’s historic blue and gold Denver Nuggets player-edition Question from 2007. Only 100 were made, each of which shipped with an exclusive Panini x Reebok Mile High gold-vinyl insert card.

Panini limited edition mile high Allen Iverson card via 360 MAGAZINE.
Ultra limited Panini × Reebok Mile High Allen Iverson card via 360 MAGAZINE.
Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball sneaker collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.
Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball sneaker collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

The Reebok x Panini America footwear and apparel range is available globally from Reebok.com and select retailers beginning November 4. Fans can signup for release reminders at Reebok.com/US/Classics-Basketball

 

Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball shoe collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.
Reebok, Panini, Allen Iverson’s basketball sneaker collaboration via 360 MAGAZINE.

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Bellabeat Ivy

Bellabeat Ivy for Valentine’s Day

In thinking about the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the special woman in your life, consider combining fashion, fitness, and function with a Bellabeat Ivy. In four different colors with an elegant design, Bellabeat Ivy is leagues above the other health and wellness wearables.

Bellabeat Ivy is designed specifically for the modern woman. It is the ideal gift for a new mom, someone tracking their fertility, a new teen who has just gotten her period and is learning to track her cycle for the first time, and more. For women in the later stages of life and going through menopause, it is an excellent tool to track symptoms and a changing body. There are no other elegant smart bracelets – receive compliments on what looks like an elegant piece of jewelry while its features aid the gym-obsessed, health-conscious woman in your life.

The unique features combined with the sleek design make Bellabeat Ivy one of a kind; read on to see its unique capabilities highlighted below.

Elegantly Designed

Among health and fitness trackers, Ivy stands out with a fashionable, edgy look that can match any style. With no display, Ivy’s non-intrusive design keeps your data private and visible only when you sync it with the Bellabeat app.

Know Your Readiness Score Each Day For 2022

Are you all set to go out and smash your goals, or do you need to slow down and shorten your to-do list? Ivy will tell you. Imagine replacing your hectic morning with a new, data-powered ritual that helps you plan the day in total sync with your body. While you sleep at night and your body is in its calmest state, Ivy measures your resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and cardiac coherence.

Why those parameters? Because they reveal your bio-response to recent activities, stress, and emotions. In the morning, when synced with the Bellabeat app, Ivy calculates your readiness score – how ready you are for the day on a scale from 0 to 100.

Your Self-Care Amplified

How you spend your day matters. Ivy monitors your activity, sleep, meditation, menstrual cycle, and hydration log and compares it to standards that are measured on women like you!

At the end of the day, your lifestyle data is processed into your wellness score, showing how well you are taking care of yourself. The more you drink water, exercise, or meditate, the higher the score. Ivy is the wellness assistant that cheers for you and motivates you to do your best.

Track your heart rate 24/7

Discover your stress response and reach your goals in the number of steps, active minutes, and calories burnt. Ivy monitors your heart rate (HR) and activities to help you make healthier choices.

  • Active Heart Rate
  • Steps
  • Active Minutes
  • Calorie Burn

Fast Charging

The Ivy recharges in 90 mins and lasts up to 8 days. In the world of wearables, Ivy’s battery life exceeds all screen-based trackers by ten times! Its battery also lives two times longer compared to other no-display trackers.

Unmatched Cycle Tracking

How much do you know about the ‘fifth vital sign’? Ivy helps you to sync with your body and discover its natural wisdom by correlating your biometric and lifestyle data to the four phases of the menstrual cycle. Ivy helps you tune into your body’s rhythm and track your period, ovulation, pregnancy, or birth control. Monitor your changes in the menstrual cycle, log symptoms, and even predict issues before they appear.

The Ivy is truly terrific for new moms, women working to get a handle on postpartum symptoms as well as women who need a better handle on recurring symptoms during each menstrual cycle and reproductive health.

It Comes With “The Coach”

With Ivy, women automatically receive a complimentary Coach Premium membership that works as your guide, based on expert support and Bellabeat’s medical board standing behind all the content in the app, developed in sync with women’s cycles in mind. The Coach incorporates the woman’s monthly cycle as an umbrella for its insights and Coach recommendations closely track the period cycle to provide personalized holistic wellness content. This means that there is finally a Coach that can suggest to women what to eat, exercise, or what meditation to practice for each stage of our cycle.

The App Provides over 30 Sleep Meditations

Sleep meditations are the most common remedy for sleep problems. They help your body transition to sleep easier and raise your chances of entering the deep sleep stage. In the Bellabeat app, you can find more than 30 sleep meditations that can help you relax and unwind. Each meditation tracks within your connected Ivy and will tell you daily how well you are doing with stress levels and more.

The Bellabeat Ivy retails for $249 and can be purchased here.

Art by Mina Tocalini of 360 Magazine for use by 360 Magazine

Purdue Engineers Discover Cooling Technology

Hiking gear fabric has cooling effect that may make your next smartwatch more comfortable

Watch a video about this research on YouTube or read the full research paper here

As smartwatches become more powerful, they will generate more heat. To prevent burns or rashes, what if a material touching the skin could feel as cool as metal, but also be flexible enough to be worn on the wrist?

A team of Purdue University engineers has discovered that a type of fabric typically used for hiking gear has remarkable heat-conducting properties on par with stainless steel, potentially leading to wearable electronics that successfully cool both the device and the wearer’s skin.

The material is made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers, which are sold commercially under the brand name Dyneema. These polymer-based fabrics are marketed for their high strength, durability and abrasion resistance, and are often used to create body armor, specialty sports gear, ropes and nets.

Purdue heat transfer researchers recently investigated other uses for the fabric, namely as a cooling interface between human skin and wearable electronics (see a video about this research on YouTube). Their research is published in Scientific Reports.

This fabric has great flexibility and thermal properties. If you stitch it differently, weave it differently or start blending the polymers with different materials, you could tailor the fabric’s properties to different applications, said Justin Weibel, a research associate professor in Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

If a material has a high thermal conductivity, that means heat dissipates through the material more easily. There are many heat-dissipation methods for fabrics, from the simple (moisture-wicking); to the intricate (conventional fabrics with heat-conducting strands woven in); to the very complex (liquid-cooled garments worn by astronauts).

Your next smartwatch or virtual reality headset could be more powerful than your current smartphone, so we need to dissipate heat away from the electronic components to keep the wearer comfortable, said Aaditya Candadai, who recently completed his Ph.D. at Purdue doing research on this project. These polymer fabrics have amazing thermal properties that can keep these devices cooler and avoid low-degree skin burns.

The team discovered these properties by benchmarking Dyneema against conventional cotton fabrics, as well as polyethylene sheets in rigid non-woven form. They obtained several different commercially manufactured fabric samples and even wove their own samples from raw Dyneema fibers.

The researchers tested the fabric samples at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park. The samples went into a small vacuum chamber, with a metal wire laid across the surface as a heat source.

Using an infrared microscope, they could generate detailed data about how much heat was being conducted through the fabric’s surface, and in which direction. They found that the Dyneema fabric has 20-30 times higher thermal conductivity than other fabrics, comparable with steel.

The team also tested the fabric’s flexibility, which is important for wearable electronics.

There’s a balance; we don’t want to make thermally conductive materials that are so stiff, people won’t be comfortable wearing them, Candadai said. These polymer fabrics are in that sweet spot of having good conductivity and good flexibility.

The fabric naturally has these properties with no additional circuitry or other equipment, but the researchers also have plans to test how weaving in different materials affects the fabric.

We could integrate other types of fibers – carbon fibers, metal fibers – to achieve different combinations of properties, said Amy Marconnet, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

As part of his work investigating the heat-conducting properties of fabrics, Candadai won an Art-In-Science award in 2019 for an infrared camera image showing how the fabrics transfer heat. The team’s research was performed within Purdue’s Cooling Technologies Research Center, a graduated National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center with support from industry leaders in thermal materials and electronics.

About Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a place where Purdue researchers move beyond traditional boundaries, collaborating across disciplines and with policymakers and business leaders to create solutions for a better world. Grand challenges of global health, global conflict and security, and those that lie at the nexus of sustainable energy, world food supply, water and the environment are the focus of researchers in Discovery Park. The translation of discovery to impact is integrated into the fabric of Discovery Park through entrepreneurship programs and partnerships.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 5 Most Innovative University in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at Purdue’s website.