Automation tools are slowly making their way into the world of fashion. Robotic stitching machines and AI enabled laser marking systems are a couple examples. Compared with other consumer industries, the apparel industry has been slow to adopt automation technologies. Though this is finally starting to change. Innovation comes when we get the desire to replace mundane, manual tasks with technology. If any part of your business requires measuring clothing, read on. Here we look at a handful of digital clothes measuring tools helping businesses and their teams improve workflow efficiency.
Digital Clothes Measuring Tape
VAV Technology, MySize, Fujitsu and Tailored all offer digital measuring tapes geared towards the apparel industry. We use the phrase digital measuring tape as a synonym for digital clothes measuring, but you’ll notice most of the offerings don’t physically resemble a measuring tape.
Taking a measurement of any object can be frustrating. Additionally, unlike most objects people measure, clothing is non-rigid. This adds a layer of complexity to the process, along with additional time and usually error. Perhaps one of the following digital clothes measuring systems can add value to your business.
MySizeID is the first of three products to come out of a Turkish company by a similar name (MySize). MySize’s apparel measuring solution came out of the frustration most of us feel when shopping online. There is no guarantee we will enjoy the fit of a garment we purchase because we’re unable to try it on. Though similar to Tailored, this is not where their solution stopped.
With MySizeID users can perform two functions (see their product video here). The first is of course measuring a garment digitally. Users must place the garment on a flat surface and select the measure feature from the MySizeID mobile app (available for both iOS and Android).
Users place their mobile device at one end of the garment to begin the measurement. They lock in the position by pressing a button in the app. The user then moves the phone to the other end of the measurement and locks in that position in the app. This process records the full measurement.
MySizeID can also be used for individuals to measure their body. The process works in the same way and will inform the user of their ideal clothing size.
Blue Eye 2
VAV Technology is a German based technology company with a neat system for measuring garments without a traditional tape measure. As seen in the photo at left, the Blue Eye 2 system requires a special station equipped with lasers, foot pedals, and a computer screen. To perform measurements, the user is also required to wear specially designed pointers that attach to the tips of their index fingers (check out their latest product video here).
The Blue Eye 2 system is capable of extreme accuracy. As the user moves the garment into position and places their finger tips on the measurement area, the system instantly records the distances.
Unfortunately the Blue Eye 2 system is the priciest on this list and sadly has some drawbacks. The first of which is the system only applies to denim. The second drawback of the system is it does not deal in all measurements required in measuring a pair jeans. That being said, VAV Technology offers other AI systems unique to the denim industry. Some of them even focus on sustainability, which we all know is much needed. Here is a link to their website.
Fujitsu Smart Tape
In 2019 the Japanese corporation Fujitsu began selling a digital measuring tape specifically aimed at the apparel industry. It’s the one item on this list that actually resembles a tape measure!
The tape connects to a bluetooth enabled PC through Fujitsu’s dedicated companion app. When a user takes a measurement, they depress a button on the measure tape and the result is instantly transferred to the companion on the PC.
Fujitsu claims their digital tape can perform measurements accurate to within 5mm. Of course as in with all clothing measuring, the system is only as accurate as the human performing the tasks.
Fujitsu has mentioned they will be launching a dedicated mobile app in addition to the PC version.
Capture – The Complete Garment Measuring Solution
When it comes to a complete garment measuring tool, there is only one. Capture by Tailored was originally developed to help online consumers. By taking a single photo of a well fitting garment one already owns, the system would perform a dimensional comparison between it and new garments being shopped online. Interestingly, as time went on Tailored got more and more requests from retailers to use the Capture tech to replace manual clothes measuring.
When it comes to digital clothes measuring tools, Capture is the only one that can measure an entire garment with the push of a button. It uses computer vision and machine learning to extract measurement data through images of clothing. Tailored has developed specific garment layouts and a custom web app that allow users to obtain accurate measurements.
For more information on Capture and how it can help your business, please reach out to us here.