We’re a small technology company whose staffers enjoy a special benefit during the height of winter: a biennial all-hands gathering at our corporate HQ in tropical San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This year the Embodee team, based in the United States and Europe, converged last month in San Juan, starting the new year after significant and still-ongoing staff growth and marking the start of ambitious plans for the coming years.
A notable Japanese design magazine, AXIS, has featured Embodee in an edition exploring the future of fashion powered by technology.
“Among the waves of technology surging in the world of fashion today, approaches developed apart from the conventional fashion system and its customs stand out,” wrote Silicon-Valley-based journalist Noriko Takiguchi. “Various leading-edge technologies are solving issues fashion faces and are providing unexpected possibilities.”
Embodee hit the conference circuit last week, demonstrating the benefits of our visually stunning virtual product experiences at the Product Innovation Apparel conference in Los Angeles. The conference was billed as an opportunity to “discover the technologies disrupting the fashion, apparel, and footwear industry.”
The steady flow of attendees at Embodee’s booth saw demos of our products and solutions on a large display screen. On another screen they watched customizations of apparel and footwear products by shoppers around the globe using four of our customers’ websites, miAdidas, miTeam, Reebok, and KnotStandard.
We’ve finished a limited duration, highly successful product customization offering with mytheresa.com, one of the world’s leading online retailers for women’s luxury fashion.
Using our patented process for transforming physical samples of products into 3D digital models, we created a virtual customizable version of a Burberry leather card holder. High-fidelity images of the card holder were dynamically rendered in real time as shoppers personalized them.
The options consisted of three different colors and a monogram in five different colors.
We have news to announce: Embodee is collaborating with one of the world's leading online retailers for women's luxury fashion, mytheresa.com. Our patented technology will enable mytheresa.com’s customers to interact with high-fidelity 3D renderings of Gucci footwear and customize it.
Embodee, which has long counted some of the industry’s pre-eminent sports apparel companies among its customers, recently broadened its focus to include luxury fashion retailers and brands.
Bigger, better, faster. That best summarizes a recently completed major expansion and upgrade to our data center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the third round of growth since the data center went live in January 2016.
The five-month project included deployment of nVidia Tesla M10 GPU cards and related GPU server hardware. The result: a big increase in the capacity and speed of servers that dynamically render 3D images of apparel and footwear on our customers’ websites.
Just in time to handle the growth of our customers’ customization businesses.
We’re thrilled to report that Embodee team members who took shelter from Hurricane Maria at our corporate headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are safe and that our solidly built office suffered no damage.
Thanks to extensive preparations and business continuity plans, all of our key services continued to operate without interruption or downtime.
Staffers endured a harrowing day as the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928 howled for over 12 hours outside, rattled shutters violently, and swept the island with flooding rains.
Interruption of utilities made life uncomfortable and requires some repairs and backup plans, but we’re reminded of what our director of business operations, Wilitza Vazquez, likes to say: #embodeestrong.
In this Q & A, learn why Tsetso Bogdanov, our systems administrator, recently shifted from our team in Sofia, Bulgaria, to our corporate headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
What attracted you to Puerto Rico?
The amazing nature and tropical climate, beautiful beaches, exotic yummy food, and people always ready to party.For me, It’s a completely different culture and opportunity to understand it.
How do you spend your time away from work?
The beach, gym, hanging out with friends, and amazing walks through old San Juan. Step by step, I’m adopting the Caribbean lifestyle.
We’ve received very good news: the way we transform physical samples of footwear into 3D digital models has been awarded a U.S. government patent.
The digitized models are dynamically rendered on demand in high-fidelity online images, creating a virtual product experience that enables shoppers to view the shoes in vivid detail from any perspective on any web-enabled device.
The new patent, awarded last week, builds upon a patent awarded in 2013 for creating virtual versions of apparel from physical products and rendering them as 3D digital images.
The challenge: a luxury custom menswear company wanted to instantly display online virtual versions of its suits, blazers, and pants based on countless customization options that shoppers digitally choose.
Knot Standard’s solution: Embodee’s proprietary technology that dynamically renders shoppers’ choices in real-time 3D images. The images enable them to view from every angle and in extraordinary detail the garments they’ve customized—before their final choices are bought and made.
The technology is central to Knot Standard’s recently launched Virtual Studio, which the company says is a first for the menswear industry and “combines the best of the old world tailoring process with modern online shopping convenience and personalization.” Shoppers can design their personalized clothes using thousands of options, including styles, fabrics, buttons, and more.