The apparel industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by digitalization, convenience and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, virtual and augmented reality. In the last three years alone, there have been over 57,000 patents filed and granted in the apparel industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial intelligence in apparel: body measurements AI. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 36,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the apparel industry, there are 20+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Body measurements AI is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence
Body Measurements AI refers to the use of artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies to precisely assess and analyze human body metrics. This advanced approach encompasses the extraction of body measurements from images or videos through advanced algorithms and deep-learning models. The objective is to deliver precise and automated measurements, finding utility across diverse domains, including fashion, healthcare, fitness, and virtual try-on services.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60 companies, spanning technology vendors, established apparel companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of body measurements AI.
Key players in body measurements AI – a disruptive innovation in the apparel industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to body measurements AI
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Walmart is one of the leading patent filers in body measurements AI. Walmart’s virtual try-on tool leverages AI-based body scanning technology to collect and process user images and biometric information, allowing the tool to measure unique body features. The measurements collected are utilized for the virtual try-on experience of a specific body type. All acquired data is stored in the customer’s Walmart account for future applications and to enhance the tool, making it more user-friendly.
Some other key patent filers in the space include Magic Leap and Metail.
Body measurements AI delivers precise and automated measurements, effectively reducing sizing and fit challenges for shoppers, thereby elevating the overall shopping experience. The technology can boost efficiency and customer satisfaction, fundamentally transforming shopping for clothing.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the apparel industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Retail and Apparel.