Lopez pointed to last year’s New York Fashion Week, when Intel teamed up with 13 designers to livestream a runway show in virtual reality — a medium that’s being embraced by many fashion houses. Another example, she says, is Tag Heuer’s Connected Modular 45 smartwatch, which Intel helped build with Google and the Swiss watch maker. “Our strategy is focused on collaboration and empowering leaders in the fashion industry to push the boundaries of fashion with technology,” Lopez said. “We are constantly working to make our technology smaller, faster, more energy efficient and more capable than ever before to help our partners succeed.”
One of the challenges for brands is figuring out how to make the most out of technology, she says, especially in terms of the data their collecting through connected garments, other types of wearables and at their retail stores. “There is a real opportunity to help the fashion industry harness the power of data,” Lopez said. “How can you analyze what consumers are doing in store, online, and through every interaction you have in real time to maximize sales and open up new revenue streams?” That’s something designers like Rebecca Minkoff are already trying to do with in-store features like smart mirrors, self-checkout and RFID tags that let the brand know more about customers’ buying habits.
“Personalization and customization is only beginning to be tapped into,” Lopez says about the potential of both industries working together on wearable products. “Technology has the ability to transform industries and fashion is no different.”
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