3DBODY.TECH 2022 - Paper 22.20

C. Johnson et al., "A Pilot Study Using a Remote, AI-Powered Measurement Technology to Enable a Decentralised Production System, from Ideation to Delivery", Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2022 - 13th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 25-26 Oct. 2022, #20, https://doi.org/10.15221/22.20.


A Pilot Study Using a Remote, AI-Powered Measurement Technology to Enable a Decentralised Production System, from Ideation to Delivery


Colette JOHNSON 1, Francesca DONADONI 1, Thakane BAZILL 2

1 The PS Collective Inc., Brooklyn, NY, USA;
2 TAKAII U.G., Cologne, Germany


Our AI-powered, contactless measurement solution has been recently introduced to provide a cost-effective and scalable platform for designers to obtain reliable measurements remotely. With the recent rise of digital fashion, there has been a move towards more rapid iterations of the design process and streamlining of the supply chain, with an outlook on producing more sustainably. In light of these recent developments, we tested how our remote solution for contactless measurement could be used as part of a decentralised production process for small-batch designers in different geographical areas.
Five digital fashion designers provided design artwork in 3D format, to be tailored to each of the customers' sizes. At the start of the pilot project, each customer was asked to submit two full-body images, front and side, for the AI platform to calculate the measurements. Of the five designers, 1 provided pre-cut fabrics, 2 provided fabric only, and 2 sourced and cut the fabric at the same location where tailoring took place, so that different processes could be tested.
The process from submission of the images by the customers to delivering the final measurements to the designers was completed within one hour's time and with positive feedback from the designers. The designs were adapted to each of the customers' measurements to form 3D patterns. Pattern making and tailoring took place in Accra, Ghana, where the fabrics were also sourced. The final items were delivered directly to customers.
This pilot study showed the potential for accomplishing a new production system that will create customized items on demand and regardless of geographic location, using a universal measuring system based on objective measurements from image data. Using The PS Collective's contactless, remote solution for measuring customers' sizes it was possible to streamline the design process with minimal movement of designers, pattern-makers, and customers. On a larger scale, this solution has the potential to enable a more sustainable production process, without sacrificing the quality that comes with made-to-measure.


Machine learning and artificial intelligence for 3D body modeling and processing, Portable human body measurement systems, Custom apparel, Digital fashion designers


Full paper: 2220johnson.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2022, 25-26 Oct. 2022, Lugano, Switzerland
Paper id#: 20
DOI: 10.15221/22.20
Presentation video: 3DBodyTech2022_20_johnson.mp4

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