Sewing Machines That Eavesdrop On Their Own Problems

In the future, U. S. apparel factories will need automated sewing equipment to remain competitive with overseas producers. But one question that raises is quality control. Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have designed electronic "ears" that enable sewing machines to supervise their own work and check for mistakes. The sensors detect wear or breakage in the sewing-machine needles before they can damage apparel.

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