Over the last few decades, but especially recently, we have developed complex algorithms to find people, products, information, and services. Algorithms allow us to track our health and fitness, to navigate this world, and to create virtual new ones. At our fingertips we now have the capacity to turn complex processes into simple operations launched by the push of a button. Intricate, vast, nimble calculations are slowing transforming every industry. Their influence reaches ever further into the tangible world.
The apparel industry touts craft and artisanship, but, in reality, often lives and dies by the cheapness of mass manufacturing. Yet technology can deliver us from this dependency: solving for fit, using robotics to customize production, reducing waste, finessing logistics, enabling simulations, and much more. So: can body scanning, fit-matching algorithms, robotics, and customization deliver high value garments at low cost?