Before we learn about the Internet of Fashion (IoF)
we need to have a basic understanding regarding the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of
physical objects such as devices, vehicles, buildings and other
items that are embedded with
electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that
enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
These devices (things) collect useful data with the help of various
existing technologies and then autonomously flow the data
between other devices.
In other words, the internet of things is multiple objects that are
connected to one another via technology so that they can communicate
with one another and share information.
A growing portion of IoT devices are created for consumer use.
Examples of consumer applications include connected car, entertainment,
home automation (also known as smart home devices), quantified self,
connected health, and appliances such as washer/dryers, robotic vacuums,
air purifiers, ovens, or refrigerators/freezers that use Wi-Fi for
remote monitoring. The most important example of IoT would
be wearable technology.
OK, now we are getting to the Internet of Fashion (IoF).
According to Apparel Search on October 28, 2017, "The Internet of
Fashion is clothing, footwear, or fashion accessories that has the
capability of collecting and sharing data".
Fashion and technology has enabled innovation through data
intelligence which has led to many fabulous breakthroughs. What we
wear now can have more of a purpose than simply keeping us warm and dry.
Wearable fashion embedded with technology has many beneficial
attributes. Wearable technology is expanding its scope each year
and with a more and more rapid rate of improvement.
Smart clothing is where electronics merge with textiles to create
fashionable, functional, comfortable solutions to meet your everyday
needs. If these clever clothes share data they become part of the
Internet of Fashion universe.
Do your sneakers tell you how far you have run today? They
should be able to tell you much more.
They should probably be able to show you a chart of what you have
done every day since the first day you put them on your feet. They
should even be able to let you know how many days they sat in your
closet just waiting for you to put them on. Do your sneakers tell
you how many times you wore your favorite shorts at the same time you
wore your sneakers? If yes, your closet storage system or possibly
your shorts are communicating as well. Can you track how many
times you wore your sneakers late at night when you snuck to your
refrigerator to grab some ice cream? Possibly your sneakers and
refrigerator are both communicating to a particular device that is
The IoF (internet of fashion) has many amazing possibilities for
consumers, researchers, marketers, etc.
In addition to helping consumers IoF helps the fashion industry in
many ways. One example is the management of inventory.
The concept of the Internet of things became popular in 1999, through
the Auto-ID Center at MIT and related market-analysis publications.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) was seen by Kevin Ashton (one
of the founders of the original Auto-ID Center) as a prerequisite for
the Internet of things at that point. Ashton prefers the phrase
"Internet for things." If all objects and people in daily life were
equipped with identifiers, computers could manage and inventory them.
Besides using RFID, the tagging of things may be achieved through such
technologies as near field communication, barcodes, QR codes and digital
watermarking. RFID technology will continue to help the apparel
industry manage inventory and other tasks.
"Things" are an "inextricable mixture of hardware, software, data and
service". Fashion is also a type of thing. The internet of
fashion things is in its infancy. Apparel Search is anxious to see
how this field continues to develop over the next few years.
Amazing things are coming VERY soon.
You may also want to learn
about smart fabrics which is the textile industries contribution to
making the world more interesting.
You can also learn about the
Things at Microsoft or
services at Google.
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