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MCPC 2017: Join the Sustainability Track. SMC EXCEL team will be there

10:48 pm in Research, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

MCPC2017-Flyer

Dear Mass Customization Community, Dear sustainability researchers and practitioners,

In November 2017, the next edition of the MCPC conference series will take place in Aachen, Germany.

The SMC Excel team is currently preparing their submission to present the results of the ECO INNOVERA project that started in April 2014 and that will finish shortly before the conference in October 2017.

There will be one key conference track dealing with “Mass Customization & Sustainability”. We would like to encourage other scholars that work in the field of sustainable mass customization, circular economy business models, sustainable PSS and localized and decentralized production to submit their research to this track. We look forward to discuss with you the potentials and the downsides of using MCP as a vehicle for sustainability.

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MCPC 2017 – November 20-21 2017 @ RWTH Aachen University

11:01 am in Events, Participate!, Research, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

Dear Mass Customization Community!

The 9th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference takes place in Aachen, Germany, November 20-21 2017! It will feature four large tracks on Mass Customization & Sustainability, Smart Products, Digital Manufacturing, and MCP success factors!

For more information about the MCPC conference series, its history, vanue, important dates and most importantly opportunities for your participation, please check www.mcpc2017.com

Here, you find the call for paper!

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by Fred

Call for papers: Embedded sensors, smart and innovative services for personalised products

11:21 am in Events, myWear, Research by Fred

Chair: Prof. Luca Canetta
Co-chair: Rosanna Fornasiero

Short description: Today consumer goods like clothing, footwear, sportwear have the untapped potential to escape from being traditional products by mean of innovative services like sensing the status of customer well-being, functional materiasl etc to offer safe and healthy conditions for applications like work and sport . This paper session aims to discuss innovative approaches to make Smart product concepts into reality. For example, how to turn rigid electronic parts into stretchy, smart clothing material. How to interact with services and technology through clothing. Can we go beyond swiping a hand across a coat sleeves to adjust the volume of a connected music player? What are the services to be created upon the data collected through integrated sensor technology, for the public in general but specifically for elderly, obese, diabetics and disabled? To what extent does new generation of  green, safe, healthy and smart work wear and sport wear products need to be customised to individual needs?

The session specifically welcomed contributions on:
• Wearable sensors and technologies
• People-driven social innovation
• Innovative methods and tools for product/service design/engineering
• Sustainable and eco-friendly smart products and services
• Human-centered design and manufacturing technologies
• Business models and new supply chains for consumer goods products
• Technology and Business Transformation
• Sustainable mass customisation strategies

The workshop is supported and leaded by members of the IMS MTP Initiative YourGoods. The IMS-MTP initiative YourGoods has been created to foster the collaboration among various FP7 projects (CoReNet, Fashion-able, MyWear and Prosumer.net) and partners from Europe, Mexico, USA, Switzerland and Korea. The aim of the MTP YourGoods is to extend the scope of each single project sharing common research themes around Consumer Goods industry applications.

Submissions for this workshop, please send before 10 February an extended abstract to Prof. Luca Canetta or myself.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 20): www.Choiceshirts.com : Individual Upper Bodies

11:06 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Known concept, nice execution

Customized T-Shirts are nothing new to the mass customization enthusiast, indeed, there are more than 100 online vendors in this category. But at the same time, t-shirts are one of the most well-known individualized products and certainly one of those that will always have their fans and buyers. Customized shirts are usually affordable and useful in a variety of situations.

One competitior on this crowded market is Choice Shirts. Their slogan “wear what you think” is pretty much program for them as they give you the tools to create a shirt with more or less any motive you could want to wear.

A simple yet solid configurator lets you chose from either a large variety of cliparts, a custom text or your own uploaded image – or a combination thereof. Whatever print you choose will be applied on the shirt you selct from different models of shirts and shipped to your doorstep. Alternatively, if your creativity does not serve you just today, the company also has a huge variety of pre-configured shirts for many different themes.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 19): www.photobox.de: Gifts and Decorations From Your Images

10:20 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Make something special from all these holiday photos

Images are conserved memories and hence best shared with those who shared the documented moments, too. And while just uploading your pictures to facebook would probably do, why not take it one step further and surprise your friends and loved ones with some personalized books, cards, decorations and other kinds of gifts, individualized with the best photos from your celebrations (or last holiday).

The German company photobox offers a wide range of individualizable products, from classical photo books, cups, puzzles and stickers to cellphone and tablet covers, calendars, magnets, the unavoidable mousepad, and a lot of others. This is one of the most crowded and largest categories in BtoC mass customization on the web in general.

Their website and configurator appears pretty modern and seems to work fine so if you are looking for something to thank your holiday party host for a wonderful evening, this might be for you.

photobox
Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 18): www.beaniebee.com : Custom Shirts, Sweatters, Ties, Bags…

9:58 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Nice Idea, Slightly Limited Solution Space

Personalized fashion is a great way to express yourself. It’s also very well suited to add a touch of “I really though about it” to any gift you give. And especially for children it’s a good opportunity to break out of the usual spiderman-look.

Amongst others, German online-customizer Beaniebee has exactly that approach covered for you. Offering fairly easy personalization of everything from t-shirts for kids and adults, ties, sweathsirts, bags, even teddy bears.

Their easy to use configurator lets you place both custom text and images on your product of choice, however – and this is where I find the process to be lacking – the amount of images that they offer is relatively limited. There are some theme groups like animals, seasons and so on but each one has a fairly small number of actual images, and the ones availible are often not too creative.

Of course, you can upload your own photo to place on your child’s new t-shirt. But from a technical point of view, their configuration space could have contained a little more diversity.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 17): www.MyJellyBelly.com : A Personal Candy Mix

9:07 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Jelly Bellys mixed to suit your needs – sort of

Here is another mass customization venture targeting the younger ones amongst us. The Candy producer Jelly Belly Candy Company does not only offer their little sweets in stores anymore but also provides owners of a sweet tooth with an online configurator to get a mix of their favorite Bellys in a personalized gift box. (Mars’ M&Ms had the same idea many years ago, but now even allow people to customize the candy itself).

While the box can be designed using a number of templates and individualized by addition of personal images and text, it is unfortunate that the company does only offer three choices of candy-mix: Customers have to choose between a 20-flavor-mix or an entire package filled with either one or two of their favorite flavors. I could see people wanting to mix more than two sorts of candy to get their ideal taste, while not really needing as many as 20.

For me, this is another example of a large brand going into mass customization with a rather simple conceptthat will not provide much harm or complexity, but also will not really capture the full potential of customization. Still, our expert evaluators in the MC500 study liked the site: easy, little complexity, anda fund product full of childhood memories.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 16): www.Yourcover.com : Personalized Fake Magazine Covers

6:49 pm in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Get as close to being a star as money will buy you

About every little girl (and quite some little boys) dream about one day being on the cover of a major magazine, be it as the new Hollywood star or rock legend. Unfortunately for most of them it will remain a dream as there can only be so many superstars.

For those who still would like to have a magazine cover in a frame on their wall, featuring their very own face next to some impressive headlines, yourcover will have you, for sure, covered.

By means of a simple configuration process you can pick one of many professionally looking templates, grouped by occasions, and then customize it to your needs in terms of personal images and text. At the end of the process you can decide to either download the cover or have it printed and shipped to you.

While this may not be a life saving mission critical service to offer, I think it’s a fun idea and a good example of how personalized media could look in the future. Even if you might not be on the cover of every issue.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 15): www.Personello.com: Custom Printed Picture Gifts

10:57 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: A picture says more than a thousand words…

That old saying is actually quite true and despite smartphones and internet, many people still have the framed image of their beloved ones on their desk, or their children’s picture in their wallet.

If you tend to find that boring, or if you are looking for a nice present to give to someone you care about, Personello might have you covered. Their portfolio consists of a large variety of products, from mugs over chocolate wrap and snow globes to note paper and even beer bottles. All of these can be customized by printing an uploaded picture of your chosing onto them.

The application of this is certainly not limited to family gifts: Imagine celebrating your next big match victory at the soccer club with beer bottles featuring a shot of the deciding goal! They do also offer your image etched into glas plates, replacing the good old framed window with something a bit more modern. And if you tend to have long working hours like myself, maybe the illuminated pedestal is something worth looking into for you.

personello

Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 14): www.CurlyQCuties.com: Personalized Plush Toys

8:47 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Custom monsters, fairy-teeth, splatopuses, moggins – you name it, they have it

Stuffed plush toys are a good application for mass customization. They are meant to be our children’s best friends and hence should not just come off the rack. Companies like Build-a-Bear have pioneered this field and now you can order fluffy friends that go beyond bears in shape and form.

CurlyQ Cuties, despite their slightly user-unfriendly company name (try telling somebody about their url…), is sporting a nice portfolio of plush toys you do not see every day. Custom monsters of all kinds, fairy-teeth for those unlucky enough to be at the age of losing their (first) teeth or what they call splatopus: Their product line is certainly a bit special, yet the little creatures look (mostly) friendly and are probably quite lovable for the younger ones.

curlyqcuties

Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Survey on customer experience in customizing or designing clothing online.

1:40 pm in Participate!, Research by Frank Steiner

Our fellow mass customization researcher Deepita Shah is conducting a study on the experience of customizing clothes online. For this study Deepita is asking for your help: – See more at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/87409CKQVG

Please support Deepita’s research! Participation takes only about 5 minutes of your time!

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 13): www.Alphabetplates.com: Individual and fun from breakfast to dinner

9:27 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: The right plates to complement your customized food

There have been already some posts about food in the past. From mymuesli to chocri, personalized food is one of the large trends in mass customization. However, if you choose to individualize what you eat, you should be as picky about what you eat it from.

Alphabetplates offers exactly that, at least for the younger (or young at heart!) amongst us. Utilizing their simple yet efficient configurator your can personalize a number of really nice plates, placemats, lunchboxes and waterbottles. Depending on the chosen base model you can add your (child’s) name, an individually configurable face (you should try that one out!) and more details. Conclusion: a nice product line to spark the interest of the next generation of customization researchers.

alphabetplates

Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 12): www.Myprivatecode.com : The Glas Ceiling of Individualization

9:48 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Art as personal as your DNA

Today’s company offers a good that could be described as the maximum in individualization: Art and jewelry, produced not so much by your personal choice but your unique genetic fingerprint, your DNA.

Myprivatecode offers a simple process to get you your piece of unique art/jewelry: Upon selecting the basic product you want to be individualized with your DNA imprint ( just like in a traditional configurator) you receive a simple to use kit which enables you to take a sample of your DNA. That is a quick, painless and harmless process.b After sending the sample back to the company they extract your DNA and refine your chosen product with different forms of displaying your individual code of life.

Even though one should never say never, I wonder how much more personal a product/gift could become.

mcprivatecode
Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 11): www.fewsome.com : Affordable Custom Watches

2:41 pm in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Watching Time Go By In Style

A watch can be a fairly important piece of jewlery, especially for a man who, in opposite to his female counterpart, can often not wear too many other decorative objects. An individual watch is hence a really nice addition to your individual style and sets your wrist appart from the standard (and is a great converstation starter at a party). This little bit of individualism can easily cost you upwards of a four-digit number of USD or Euro and is usually reserved for a select few.

However, if you do not mind your watch to lack the logo of a high-class premium brand, fewsome might be worth a look for you. On their website, a nice and even animated configurator lets you build your custom wristwatch by picking all the important parts like movement, case, ring, dials, hands and so on. Choice is plentiful and lets you pick both different designs and colors. The result is a pretty unique watch that you can even have engraved on its back cover.

fewwatches
Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 10): www.Mysn.de : Custom Notebooks, Made in Germany

9:18 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Another Very Personal Computer

Recently I posted about PC costomizer Dell as part of our MC500 Study. Today we are taking a look at one of Dell’s competitors in the segment of individualized computers, Mysn.de/Schenker Notebooks.

While I sometimes argue in my classes that customization is not longer a value proposition in the computer market, these comapnies show that the classic application of mass customization still has its market.

Like Dell, Mysn.de are offering variety of base laptops which you can then customize to your exact media-/ business-/ gaming-/ etc- needs. While their configurator is not exactly a graphical firework, it gets the job done well and lets your virtually assmeble the machine of your dreams (or your budget). I believe that exactly for these hardcore applications customization still has functional value.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 9): www.phdesigns.co.uk : Custom Sleeping Bags for the Outdoor Adventurer

9:24 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Custom Sleeping Bags Deluxe

Do you like to spend your time outdoors? Go hiking in the mountains, explore nature by boat or even climb on icy glaciers? In any case, if you are doing any kind of adventurous activity that involves sleeping under the stars (maybe with a thin tent between you and the actual stars) then you will probably need a sleeping bag.

Especially in snowy regions of the world your life (or good sleep, at least) might depend on having a sleeping bag that fits your exact needs. And while some manufacturers already offer some customization options, PHD Mountain Software takes things a step further by letting you configure about every aspect of the bag that I can imagine. So if I just sparked your interest in a holiday trip to the top of the Mont Blanc, maybe PHD has the right equipment for you.

phdesigns

Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 8): www.Mymat.de : Customized Doormats for a Successful First Impression

9:56 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Style the Ground You are Walking on!

Here in Germany, sunny days are sparse. They only occure on workdays and the sun usually hides behind thick rainy clouds the moment you leave the office. To keep your home free of dirt, doormats are the tool of choice. However, as the saying goes, “there is no second chance for the first impresson”. With this in mind – and especially if you get a lot of people to visit you frequently – you might want to fine-tune the first impression of your home by designing your very own custom doormat.

German MC-Company Mymat.de has you covered in this regard, with a wide variety of either pre-designed or personalized mats. Their simple yet efficient configurator lets you pick from a number of templated which you can then customize with your desired size, color, symbols and text and have it shipped to your doorstep – right where it belongs. So if you are considering moving to Germany or do have bad weather of your own, check out their website at www.mymat.de.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 7): www.ProperCloth.com: Custom Dress Shirts

10:16 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Dress Yourself with the Latest Fashion, Decide What is “in Fashion” Yourself

Proper Cloth, founded in Delaware in 2008, offers a pretty complete customization experience when it comes to dress shirts, a fashion article which, as many of you will agree, tends to just not fit perfectly at some point or another. Proper Cloth’s promise is exactly that: a perfectly fitting shirt, tailored to your needs, based on a well-made configurator which offers assistance in finding out your individual measures in various ways. Additionally, Proper Cloth offer a variety of preconfigured shirt as well.

So, whether you need a new shirt to wear with your favorite suit or a stylish untucked one for leasure, a visit at www.propercloth.com might be worth it for you.

proper clothes
Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 6): www.missionbicycle.com: Conquer the Streets Your Way

1:07 pm in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Individual Bicycles by Mission Bicycle

Summer has finally arrived in Germany (somewhat) and as every year this means people are enthusiastic to spend some recreational time outdoors.

Riding a bicycle is fairly popular here as in a lot of other countries (in the Netherlands, roughly one third of all trips are made by bike… biking in the Netherlands even has its own wikipedia entry…) and so many two-wheeled vehicles in different states of maintenance are being dusted off these days.

However, as with all means of transportation, every now and then it’s time to replace your trusted-yet-old bike with something more modern (and fancy).

If this year’s summer happens to be the beginning of your old bike’s retirement, Mission Bicycle might be worth looking into for you. The California based company offers a simple-yet-convenient configurator which allows you to design the bike of your dreams from a large variety of availible parts. From the very basic frame to different handles, chains and even locks, most parts can be individualized in model and color. You can pick up your bike in their physical store in San Francisco, CA, or simply have it shipped to your doorstep in a multitude of countrys around the world. Including the Netherlands.

mission bicycle

Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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by Fred

MyWear @ CeBIT 2013

10:57 am in Events, myWear, Project, Research by Fred

CeBIT is the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. The key target groups are users from industry, the wholesale/retail sector, skilled trades, banks, the services sector, government agencies, science and all users passionate about technology. CeBIT offers an international platform for comparing notes on current industry trends, networking, and product presentations. More than 4,000 companies from 70 countries took part in CeBIT 2013, including numerous start-ups.

ROPARDO S.R.L. attended like exhibitor at CeBIT 2013 within Romanian Stand and presented the commercial services but also the research capabilities and services.  Like an active partner in research projects, ROPARDO took full advantage about EEN-future match (international cooperative market by CeBIT lab and Enterprise Europe Network-EEN) in order to spread and disseminate the information about results from running projects.

ROPARDO@CeBIT

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 5): PersonalNovel: Your Book, Your Story

11:13 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Personalized Books by PersonalNovel

Technology is something great. But at times, after a long day’s challenging work, tied to computers, emails, cell phones etc. you might want to disconnect for a while. Sit back in your favorite chair and relax with a good book of your choosing. Not just any book, though. Your book. Your very own personal novel (or thriller, children’s book….) in which you are the main character, a book personalized to read as if it had been written just for you.

PersonalNovel has been a pioneering company to turn this dream into physical reality, coming to you in the form of a nicely printed book, customized through an online editor to match the main character to your persona – or anybody else you would like to read about.

Most impressing is PersonalNovels dedication to get also small details correct, and their innovative business model turning a simple product into a new value preposition.

personal novel
Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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by Fred

MyWear – Value-adding services

10:50 am in myWear, Project, Research by Fred

The WP6 value-adding services has started with T6.1, to translate main Consumer Requirements into well-defined Service Requirements.

Starting from the collection of outcomes of other tasks e.g. results achieved in WP1 and  identified validation scenarios described in D1.3., T6.1 performed an integrated in-depth analysis and evaluation of target group requirements according to the context of use, data to be monitored, identified sensor, and considering the scenarios defined.

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Figure 1 shows the overall idea and concept for value added services. It shows the how user-data collected by a master unit, and is forwarded to the Data Integration Platform (DIP), where the data is safely stored in central databases and made reusable for external applications.

Of the 9 integrated solutions defined in the validation scenarios (WP1), only 4 are possible to develop, which have been evaluated and prioritised. Based on these, the following test cases were analysed:

  • Heart rate: Heart rate monitoring for elderly sportsmen
  • Fall detection for elderly sportsmen
  • Respiratory rate monitoring for elderly workers
  • Blood oxygenation monitoring for diabetic workers
  • Plantar pressure monitoring for obese workers

The foreseen system architecture (Figure 1) uses a smart-phone as master unit. All selected services will use this master unit both to transmit/receive data to DIP and to directly offer services to the user through new developed applications.

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Please participate in an online-survey on Mass Customization

11:41 am in Participate!, Project, Research, S-MC-S by Frank Steiner

Our fellow mass customization researcher Golboo Pourabdollahian is conducting a study on MC and sustainability. For this study Golboo is asking for your help:

“Dear colleagues,

May I ask for your kind support for my PhD research?

My research focuses on the fact that how we can make mass customization more sustainable in footwear industry. In this regard I am collecting data to map possible impacts of different Mass Customization enablers on environmental sustainability at the example of the footwear industry.

Therefore I kindly ask you to evaluate a number of relationships between MC enablers and outcomes by responding to a brief survey. You can reach the survey easily by clicking on the following link: goo.gl/so8yY

The survey will take about 10-12 minutes of your time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at golboo.pourabdollahian@mail.polimi.it

Thanks a lot for your support!”

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 4): Dell – the original mass customizer

4:03 pm in MC500, Media, Research by Frank Steiner

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Computer mass customization pioneer Dell

“The computer is personal again”. Right, this marketing slogan was not Dell’s but rather part of HP’s great campaign in 2006. Yet, it would also have been very fitting for the former, one of the pioneers in online PC mass customization. The dell concept to offer computers, individually assembled to the customer’s choices and needs, all through a (mostly) convenient online backend and delivered within a few days (plus good aftersales service) was mind-boggling innovative at its time. The PC did no longer have to be one that vendors pre-assembled en mass, one that was ok in general but always had one or two components that just did not work for you. Now it could be your PC, a truly Personal Computer.

Over 25 years after Dell’s debut on the technology market, the MC500 took a look on how their mass customization concept had evolved over time and where it stands today, compared to a number of competititors incomparable to those of decades ago. More about Dell’s history at their homepage.


Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

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by Fred

MyWear newsletter April 2013

12:00 pm in Media, myWear, Project, Research by Fred

MyWear Newsletter April2013

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by Fred

At the iTechtStyle Innovation Business Forum

10:44 am in myWear, Project, Research by Fred

itechStyle

The iTechtStyle Forum focused in stimulating networking among players from the technical and fashion textiles and clothing and also between those and other players belonging to complementary application sectors, always following a spirit of bringing together ideas, potential investors and stakeholders.

The iTechtStyle Forum put all efforts in order to “Make it happen” by helping new business ideas, new projects and new concepts to find its way to market. The ultimate objective was to contribute to the shaping of a brand new textile & clothing industry generation, powered by innovative and high added value products and services. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mass Customization at HannoverMesse – Project KUMAC Featured in #HM13 Science Hall

10:41 am in Events, KUMAC, Project, Research by Miriam Oversohl

From 8th to 12th of April 2013, famous trade show HannoverMesse will take place in Hannover, Germany. Are you going to be there? Great! The KUMAC project will be there as well.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will have a large exhibition stand in a prominent spot (hall 2, stand C24) and has invited the KUMAC project group to join them. We will present the latest findings from our research project KUMAC which is being funded by the BMBF.

The objective of the KUMAC project is to develop new methods for mass customization providers in the German retail market. These methods support an increase in productivity and value creation potential of these retailers.

At HannoverMesse we will simulate the prototype of an interactive value-creation process in mass customization, using KUMAC technology to demonstrate its potential to increase both effectiveness and efficiency. In detail we will show and expain:

  • The Live-Help-System connecting online-offline configuration,
  • The Tablet Configuation Software,
  • 3D-Scanner and Softwaretools as well as
  • RFID-Technology for mass customization.

 

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 3): Selve – women’s best friend

9:52 am in MC500, Media, Research by Frank Steiner

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Women’s best friend, custom shoe supplier SELVE.

Feet are by far not as standardized as the shoe industry would like them to be. Neither is the individual customer’s taste in shape, color and details. Until a decade ago the only way to obtain shoes that do both fit perfectly and look exactly as one wants them to, was to take a rather pricy trip to the cobbler. Selve went new ways with their offer to tailor shoes, custom built to the client’s demands in individual size and look, shipped to your doorstep after a convenient visit at www.selve.net. (even if most customers prefer to visit their store in Munich or London for a personal consultation and foot scan).


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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 2): Converse.com

5:54 pm in MC500, Media, Research by Frank Steiner

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Street Style Classic Converse.com

Founded in Massachusetts in 1908 and today a subsidiary of global producer of sport goods Nike, Converse allows consumers to create footwear with an absolutely distinctive style. Originally designed as basketball shoes (and still to day worn by some NBA superstars in their games), the converse sneaker was one of the early products in this category that can be customized by every consumer.


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Call for Papers – Special Issues of International Journal of Mass Customization and International Journal of Product Development

7:30 pm in Participate!, Research by Frank Steiner

Have a look at these two calls for special issues regarding mass customization topics. For detailed information please follow the respective links to the journal web sites:

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