Once garments become ‘aware’ and there are is a network of wardrobes, it creates many possibilities for developing and extending the concept. We are committed to building an open source network in which different ideas and applications can be explored.
Some of the ideas include:
- In a network of wardrobes, garments can compare their usage with similar clothes in other closets. If they are underused they will offer themselves up to someone else.
- We would like to encourage the use of RFID tags on all ethically-made clothing (some manufacturers already use them). When first scanned, they will tell the user their origin – who made them and how much they were paid for it.
- We would love to see designers creating clothing ranges for the connected wardrobe – pre-tagged and ethically produced.
- Within the network, each item will create its own ‘clothing story’. It will be able to tell the user where, when and how many times it was worn. By focusing on the clothes story and not the user, we can maintain personal privacy but create engagement with the garment.
We want to change our relationship with clothes, to move away from ownership and over-consumption to one where we only keep clothes as long as we use them.
- Style matching – images of items are stored in the system. Users can scroll through different combinations (tops/trousers) in their wardrobe. It will also show when and how often each item has been worn. By making it easier to identify the clothes/combinations, it will encourage more efficient usage of the clothing.
- Developing further automation of the re-usage system: For example, items could automatically post to a marketplace such as eBay, or notify other wardrobe users as part of a collaborative economy. Think of the surprise when an owner suddenly receives requests for items they didn’t know were in their wardrobe.