This is amazing, but it remains to be seen if the quality of the workmanship will override artisans and the couturiers who know their craft.
The robotic revolution isn’t coming; it’s already here. For that you can thank—or blame—Sewbo, a Seattle-based startup that claims to have created the first industrial machine to sew a complete garment—a T-shirt, to be more precise. This watershed moment, according to the company, represents the “first time that a robot has been used to sew an entire article of clothing.” There’s a reason why automatic clothing production has never gone beyond a few computer-controlled cutting machines. Despite advances in manufacturing technology, mechanical arms have trouble grasping textiles, which lack the uniform integrity of, say, sheet metal. Sewbo sidesteps the problem by temporarily stiffening fabrics using a nontoxic, water-soluble polymer.