Clothing

The clothing and footwear market is ever more global and competitive, with innovation as a fundamental factor in improving business competitiveness. At the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV), we help our clients develop innovative products based on users’ needs and our knowledge of biomechanics, ergonomics, anthropometry and comfort.

Our work in 3-D modelling of the human body has enabled us to develop new foot and body scanning technologies with a smartphone or portable device, thereby fostering applications such as those for size recommendations and customisation.

We help respond to these essential challenges

PEOPLE-CENTRED INNOVATION

Clothing and footwear companies now find themselves in a market that is ever more global and competitive, with innovation as an essential factor in improving their competitiveness. A vital factor in innovation for these industries is to learn users’ needs and expectations, and use them in new products and services.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital transformation is one of the most significant trends in the clothing and footwear industry, and it affects all spheres of business. In order to include within this evolution new technologies such as 3D printing (custom manufacturing), CAD software (product development) and virtual fitting rooms (sales process), it is essential to digitalise the consumer.

REDUCING RETURNS IN E-COMMERCE

Returned clothes and footwear online not only imply an economic and environmental cost, but are also a true barrier to the progress of electronic commerce business.
The main reason for returns is that the product don’t fit well or the size is wrong, so companies need to have the tools to solve this problem.

Our solutions
We help companies in the clothing and footwear industry with the following solutions:
R&D

We generate scientific knowledge to help our clients carry out R&D projects to boost their lines of innovation for products and services.

Our key areas are: recording the user’s measurements and shapes for their clothes and footwear to fit better, developing new scanning and size designation technologies, biomechanics, thermal comfort, usability, performance, customisation of footwear and clothing, and people-centred design methods, from which we extract information about the end users’ needs and expectations.

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Technological consultancy

Based on prior scientific knowledge, we carry out consultancy projects for companies in the clothing, footwear and components industry at any stage of the development process for products and services.

Our range can be tailored to each client’s needs, from the initial phase of detecting user needs and preferences up to strategically defining the product, developing prototypes, choosing new materials and even comprehensively re-designing the product.

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Inspections and testing

We carry out functional evaluation and comfort tests for clothing, footwear and their components, tailored to our clients’ needs.

We have our own methods that simulate the user’s interaction with the products, as well as tests that enable users to evaluate the clothing, footwear and their components in real conditions of use.

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Training

We provide training tailored to the client’s needs as regards aspects related to the study of gait and the feet, biomechanical and anthropometric techniques, with functional and design aspects of clothing and footwear, as well as customisation.

Technologies

Consumer digitalisation is essential for improvement in online sales processes, progress in systems for fitting and choosing size, and in developing products more suited to each person’s anthropometry, thus enabling greater customisation.

Using our technologies for 3D scanning and modelling and 4D motion analysis, we respond to such needs in the clothing and footwear industry.

3D avatar body

An app to record the 3D shape of the user’s body using two photos,
allowing the user to be easily digitalized.

3D avatar feet

An app to record the 3D shape of a foot with only three photos. Easily integrated into design processes for footwear or online sales.

DOMEscan/IBV

The best digital foot scanner on the market for retail. In just a few seconds it generates a digital reconstruction of the foot’s shape and calculates its measurements.

Solutions to create
3D avatars

Advanced technology to analyse the body’s 3D shape, posture and movement.

MOVE 4D

High-speed body scanner enabling garments’ behaviour to be evaluated in a real environment with a user.

MOVE 4D

High-speed 4D body scanner enabling garments’ behaviour to be evaluated in a real environment with a user.

R&D projects
TENDER ANT CHILD

TENDER ANT CHILD

Research on the demand and availability of anthropometric data of children.
CUSTOM ON BODY

CUSTOM ON BODY

Defining a design method to customise products according to the population’s varied morphology
OPTITALLA

OPTITALLA

Creation of a method for designating sizes scalable by industry operators for online sales. Applicable in the clothing and footwear industries.
3D BODY DYNAMICS

3D BODY DYNAMICS

New 3D digital human modelling method. Deformation of soft tissue due to changes in posture and movement.
INKREATE

INKREATE

Transfer the real 3D world to interactive creative endeavours in apparel industry.
Success stories
GARVALÍN

GARVALÍN

BIOMECHANICS. Development of innovative children’s footwear for the phase of crawling and early steps.
BESPOKE

BESPOKE

Integrating foot-scanning technology with a smartphone.
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