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With the rise of the fourth revolution upon us, changes are afoot that are affecting industries across the board including banking, manufacturing, technology, medical and one that is less heard about, fashion. Fashion often gets forgotten about when discussing the great technological advances of today but is one area that is perhaps benefiting from this wave of new technologies the most.
For fashion, the fourth revolution brings new fabrics and new manufacturing techniques. Some of these new fabrics that will be implemented will have computing embedded into their fibers at a microscopic level. This kind of technology will result in actual clothing being able to adjust its temperature or store energy like a battery.
The cost of 3D printing is dropping and will continue to do so. Estimates suggest that the cost of an average 3D printed object will have between what it was in 2013 and what it will be in 2018. This will allow customization in fashion to become more cost effective. Adidas and Nike are already jumping on the 3D printing wagon as they are now utilizing 3D printers to customize the way their customers’ shoes fit.
As well as 3D printing, artificial intelligence is contributing to the onset of the fourth revolution by automating roles that were previously carried out by humans. This ability to make complex data driven decisions could help uncover trends and if a new product will become a bestseller. Also by using the AI’s to analyze online purchasing histories, social media trends, and other data quickly, firms will be able to predict what the market needs and supply it to them.
It’s not just the fashion industry that will benefit from 3D printed fashion items. The health industry too is currently marketing wearables such as Fitbit and Apple Watch and just last year Intel teamed up with Chromat to create a dress that was able to change its appearance based on the wearers’ breathing, body temperature, and sweat. This could be very beneficial for parents with children who have autism as they would be able to detect their child’s mood through the help of their clothing.