Continuing with its trend of creating completely mind-blowing things, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has spent $1.25 million full automate the sewing process of the $4 billion worth of clothing it produces annually. It's almost as wild as a bed that makes itself.
SoftWear Automation Inc., the company chosen by DARPA to create a person-free sweatshop, has developed a conceptual version of the automated system.
It's a robotic system that monitors thread count to properly direct clothing through a sewing machine
According to Wired, the quest for a fully automated clothing production line has been going on since the 1980s, with hundreds of millions spent to attain it. Sadly, this has mostly been for naught.
But now, SoftWear might have it: a robot takes fabric and places it on a swing machine. Then, using motorized balls and a thread-count sensor, it moves the fabric and stitches it in all the right places.
The process would obviously save the military a boatload of money, not to mention how cool it'll be to say "my clothes were made by a robot!"