Timeline and FAQ
Embodee Corp. creates and hosts virtual product experiences.
Our pioneering software and process transform physical products into dynamic digital assets. Then they’re rendered, on demand and on the fly, in high-fidelity 3D views from any desired angle.
These rich virtual product experiences increase buyer confidence and reduce waste and inefficiency. For example, businesses can merchandise made-to-order customizable products and showcase virtual samples as never before.
Embodee’s software and hosted service can serve virtual product experiences for a wide range of products. The company, headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, counts some of the world’s most prominent sports apparel brands among its customers.
Here’s a summary of the company’s history:
2008: Founded in Portland, Oregon, by CEO André Wolper to create visualization technology to spur e-commerce in the apparel industry.
2009-2010: Start-up team coalesced and developed initial technology platform. Initial development: virtual try-on of clothes via any web-enabled device. The team has decades of technology experience and has delivered breakthrough advancements in computing for Intel and special effects for motion pictures.
2011-2014: Core business emerged: depicting 3D garments, footwear, and accessories before they're made—either for customization or pre-mass production merchandising of samples. It evolved into creating virtual product experiences for other products as well.
June 2013: Awarded U.S. patent for unique process of creating and modeling 3D digital garments.
June 2013: Selected by Portland Business Journal as Oregon and southwest Washington’s 15th fastest-growing company based on revenue growth.
July 2013: Selected as one of three finalists for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards (Working Capital Group).
May 2014: Awarded U.S. patent for virtual try-on technology that displays how garments look and fit based on shoppers’ measurements.
2014: Patent pending for creating and modeling 3D digital footwear and accessories. International patent applications pending.
January 2015: CIOReview magazine ranked Embodee as one of the most promising technology solution providers serving the U.S. apparel and textile industry.
April 2015: Gartner Inc. selected Embodee as a 2015 “Cool Vendor” for innovative approaches that help consumer goods companies improve digital marketing and e-commerce.
January 2016: Corporate headquarters moved to San Juan.
May 2016: Featuring Embodee’s technology for life-like 3D visualization of men’s suits and blazers, custom menswear company Knot Standard unveiled a virtual shopping studio, available initially only at its New York City showroom.
October 2016: Launched gBuilder and gComposer as add-ons to Embodee’s hosted rendering service, dramatically lowering time and up-front cost for entering or expanding custom products merchandising in the online customization market.
December 2016: Announced collaboration with Knot Standard, which broadens Embodee’s long-term focus on visualizations of customizable athletic apparel and footwear.
July 2016: Reebok became the latest major sportswear brand to work with Embodee to offer shoppers customizable shoes via YourReebok.
September 2016: 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.
May 2017: Embodee’s process for transforming physical samples of footwear into 3D digital models was awarded a U.S. government patent.
October 2017: Announced collaboration with one of the world's leading online retailers for women's luxury fashion, mytheresa.com, for customization of Gucci Ace DIY leather sneakers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What differentiates Embodee?
First of its kind, pioneering software that delivers virtual product experiences via unlimited, high-fidelity 3D images served from the cloud. The software transforms a single physical item into dynamic digital assets and provides access to them via a hosted service--on demand and on the fly, and rendered from any desired angle.
What's our target market?
Primarily businesses in search of giving customers a richer, more satisfying visual interaction with their products online, including made-to-order and customizable products, and those wanting to reduce waste and inefficiency via virtual imagery. Such businesses include brands and wholesalers of team and sports apparel and footwear, work uniforms, and a wider array of products in other sectors.
What do our customers think?
A third party commissioned a large-scale, independent assessment and competitive landscape analysis of technology firms that enable online apparel customization. Embodee ranked highest by a significant margin due to best-in-class aesthetics, critical features, quick turnaround, and relevant roadmap.
What’s the company’s emphasis going forward?
Growing the core: extend our in-house developed technology that was built upon industry standard building blocks, refine operations, increase sales and marketing, and increase visibility in the local and global communities.