Gadgetwear May Be the Next Wave in Fashion Technology

March 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm 1 comment

JW Yates

New York City, New York

A new wave of garments embedded with technological gadgets is on the way to market, and it remains unclear how this will affect the way some products are produced and marketed. As garment makers around the globe keep focused on the next big revolution in textile technology, they may want to consider the upcoming impact of gadget-wear on their supply chain, and on their product management methods.

In the near future consumers will see a great variety of clothes, accessories and other goods which contain some high-tech elements built in. For instance deviantART has recently unveiled the new DA Decibel Collection as part of their deviantWEAR line of low-brow art-inspired urban gear. The Decibel Collection features a set of tech-wired hoodies embedded with built in headphones and audio jack designed for use with an iPod, iPhone or other mp3 audio playing device. http://news.deviantart.com/article/147106/

In addition to clothing, footwear is taking the leap into garment/technology integration. A new line of motorized shoes, designed for use by the elderly, are about to hit the shelves. The shoes, being sold under the brand name Re-Step, were created by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scottland, and the Israel-based medical company Step of Mind Ltd. Their unique motorized design is intended to help seniors learn to walk again after serious stroke, accidents or other ailments that affect locomotion. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/re-step

Not only are gadgets working their way into actual garments, but they are also making an impact on how clothing is sold at retailers. Check out the new HelloTag from Moonhwan Lee. This new breed of RFID clothing tag was created to assist elderly consumers make choices while shopping the racks. The HelloTag enables users to check required information of a product—such as size, price, material, etc.—through sound data stored in the RFID tag. By pressing the button on the main device, someone who is unable to read can easily find the detailed particulars of a product.  http://www.tuvie.com/hellotag-lets-elderly-and-handicapped-people-shop-conveniently/

With so many sectors of the garment industry integrating products with electronic components, it is clear that manufacturers of clothing, footwear and accessories must be able to adapt quickly to supply needs. Even if your company has been in business for years, the details of your supply chain may be rapidly expanding to include raw materials and technologies that you are totally unfamiliar with. Now, instead of tracking stocks of raw cotton or printed polyester, you may also have to keep track of audio cables, micro-speakers, RFID tags, mini-motors, wire harnesses, battery packs and countless other gadget components.

In order to maintain a firm handle on all of this product information, it may be necessary for your company to implement a Product Lifecycle Management system, or a Supply Chain Management software tool. As the variety of products in your supply chain increases, it becomes ever more important to oversee every step of your process, from design to delivery. And, as nontraditional components find their way into your supply chain, it is increasingly necessary to cut down on waste and redundancy during product development.

To help you reign in the chaos of today’s ever-changing supply chain, consider investing in a PLM or SCM system like the VerTex system from BMS. Our scalable, customizable PLM toolboxes are designed to handle as many components and changes as the market can throw at you. Tackle unforeseen supply chain challenges with confidence by using a field-tested, industry-specific data management system.

To take a free test drive of the VerTex system, or to find out how BMS can help you overcome your resource management hurdles, please contact us on the web, or at our offices in Manhattan.

March 31, 2011

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  • 1. jwy  |  April 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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