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Gadgetwear May Be the Next Wave in Fashion Technology

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.

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.

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.

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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March 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm 1 comment

Gadget-Watch: Want A Room With A View…In Your Basement?

Check out this high-tech “party gimmick” posted on and prepare to be amazed.

Using high-definition televisions, special “Winscape” software and a few more gadgets, you can create virtual, interractive “windows” on the walls of your home depicting the stunning landscape of your choice.

Sounds like a pretty expensive “party gimmick”, but you can watch the brief video demonstration for free!

"I just adore a penthouse view..."

April 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm 1 comment

Gadget Watch: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for the iPad!

Apple releases it’s latest must-have gadget–the iPad–in just 3 days!

The iPad is a “tablet computer”, similar in appearance to the new electronic readers such as the Kindle and the Nook, though in terms of functionality I have heard it aptly described as a “giant iPhone” (Get it? AP-tly? “There’s an ap for that…” Okay, it was a stretch.)

And while the iPad undeniably posseses that certain intangible gotta-have-it je ne sais quoi, I am still unsure as to why there is a market for a portable tablet computer. Isn’t that what laptops–and not to mention the iPad’s smaller ancestor, the iPhone are for?

Whatever your feelings on the iPad, the fact remains that this inexplicably craveable gadget will be hitting the shelves in T-minus 3 days and counting. Will YOU buy one?

April 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Gadget-Watch: Electronic Readers…How Do They Stack Up?

First there were cell phones & laptop computers. Then hand-held gaming systems. Then portable MP3 & video players. Then mobile web devices. Which left people asking, “What will they think of next?”

Even though it’s not exactly front page news anymore, I just had to put in my two cents regarding the latest must-have gadget on the market–hand-held electronic readers like the Kindle from Amazon and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

It’s amazing that even the simplest forms of entertainment–like reading–can be made easier/faster/more portable by modern computer technology. You may be thinking Seriously? What’s more portable than a book? How about a thin electronic tablet that can hold & display the contents of your entire bookshelf? Not only that, you can purchase new e-books directly from your hand-held device.

I recently had my first face-to-face encounter with one of these new e-readers–the Nook–and while I was suitably dazzled (and for a moment felt like I was living in an episode of the Jetsons) it got me wondering how the two brands compare.

In my research, I dug up this review by Rich Jaroslovsky at BusinessWeek. Jaroslovsky seems to feel that while the Nook outshines the Kindle in terms of features, its speed–or lack thereof–makes all the bells & whistles moot.

Read the full comparison here.

The Kindle, from Amazon

March 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Happy Holidays from BMS (Plus Fa-La-La-La…Flash Drives!)

In light of the holiday season (and the fact that we are slowly but surely settling into our fabulous new office in New York City!) this week, BMS will serving up steaming mugs of holiday tips and tricks, from great gadgets for gifting to style suggestions and more…because who can be merry around the holidays when life can inevitably become more hectic than holly-jolly!?

Today make your life just a tad easier by picking up some of these adorable and cheeky holiday flash drives spotlighted recently on DT’s Flash Drive Blog.

The perftect stocking stuffer or last minute gift idea…and much more useful than a fruitcake!

December 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

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