Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for November, 2006

Body scanners gaining ground in retailing

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

An article in Self Service World looks at recent progress in the development of body scanning systems that determine a customers exact measurements. The article, written by Tracy Powell, focuses on the systems provided by Intellifit, and the Bodyskanner by Unique Patterns of Nova Scotia, which is focused more on generating patterns than matching customers [...]

SOA – Mass customization of software

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Last September, I referred to an article in Information Week which focused on the development of Service Oriented Architecture software at ADP. SOA has sometimes been called ‘mass customized software’. A recent article by Mark Willoughby, writing in Computer World, goes some way to explaining this analogy. The article describes how: “SOAs introduce a recursive [...]

Anyone attending MCPF 2006?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

If there is anyone reading this blog who is attending the Finnish Mass Customization and Personalization Forum in Tampere on November 28, and would like to provide a report of how the conference went, I’d be very pleased to publish it here.

One word for many trends

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

As we draw towards the end of 2006, It is reasonable to say that the idea of empowering customers with a higher degree of control over their relationship with business has gained widespread acceptance. This basic idea has been researched in great depth over the last twenty years or so. Various terms and acronyms, such [...]

Trying out an IM chat box

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

If you have a look at the homepage of this site, you’ll see that I’ve added in a ‘MeeboMe’ chat box.  I’ll be online tomorrow at about 21:30 (GMT) for a while if anyone wants to drop by and pose a question or chat about MC issues (or whatever else you might think of..)

U.S. insurers reluctant to cover genetic tests

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

In 2004, a feature article on this site addressed developments in genetic medicine. One of the items covered in that article was a new type of diagnostic test device called the Roche Diagnostic AmpliChip CYP 450, which analyses variations in two genes that play a major role in the metabolism of many widely prescribed drugs. [...]

University of Warwick to create Digital Laboratory

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

The Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick in England is creating a Warwick Digital Laboratory – a STG£50 Million pound project which will provide a high quality research environment that will allow researchers to develop techniques that will place consumers right inside a mass customization production process for a vast range of future [...]

Customized shoes in 30 minutes

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Morgan Miller, a 24 year old designer, has set up an offline customization store for women’s shoes in South Beach, Florida.  The store can turn around a customer’s design in just 30 minutes.  Her story was featured recently in the Miami Herald.

Profits without offshoring

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, has provided some interesting views on the question of off-shoring manufacturing from the United States to low-wage economies. His article is a commentary on a Wall Street Journal piece called “Still Made in the USA”. He notes that “many companies that just have not achieved the level of [...]

New Personalized EMV card system from Gemalto

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Digital security systems provider Gemalto recently introduced an end-to-end solution for secure Internet design of personalized EMV payment cards. Gemalto’s CardLikeMe provides users with an intuitive interface to upload a picture of their choice on the bank website to create a unique personal card. Gemalto (NASDAQ: GEMP) has operations in 120 countries and 11,000 employees [...]

Can snowboards be mass customized?

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Mass customization is always associated with a high degree of automation and machine-based manufacturing. After all, central to the premise of mass customization is that the product can be provided at a cost similar to mass produced alternatives. It is generally accepted that ‘craft’ production, with a high percentage of the total work carried out [...]

SolidWorks highlights work with custom ice cream vendor

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

3D CAD Software supplier Solidworks recently highlighted its work with Moobella, a Taunton, MA, USA-based company that has developed a vending system that allows customers to choose fresh, hard-packed ice cream flavors like cake batter and accompanying mix-ins like chocolate chips, and have a scoop of ice cream in their chosen mix within 45 seconds. [...]

Customized World focuses on deals with social internet sites

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Personalized apparel company Customized World has formed an agreement to act as the provider of personalized apparel for romance-themed websiteLovingYou.com. Customized World specializes in presenting the customer an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing website from which they can personalize over 150 different types of apparel. The agreement calls for LovingYou.com to offer Customized World products by [...]

First New VoodooPC since HP Buyout

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

VoodooPC, the specialist producer of personalized, high-performance PCs, has launched its first new model since it was recently taken over by HP. The OMEN Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core uses the Intel Core2 Extreme Quad-Core processor. The company quotes the new processors as having 70% more processing power than Intel’s dual core processors. The [...]

Steve Madden Shoes Enters Customization Market

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

American shoe designer Steve Madden has set up a shoe customization facility at his website. When all the various choices of heel, pattern, material and finishing are taken into account, 4,221 possible combinations are available on the ‘Design Your Own’ facility. The Design Your Own section of the website currently offers ladies shoes only. The [...]