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NPL reinvents the tape measure
NPL reinvents the tape measureKeywords: Distance measurement, Clothing
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have invented a revolutionary way of measuring clothing and the human body, which will significantly improve the speed and accuracy of measurements in the fashion industry (see Plate 6).
The patented device consists of a flexible fabric tape, similar in feel to the traditional tailor's tape measure, in a tough case that fits in the palm of the hand. The tape does not have any markings but, as the tape is pulled from the case, it is measured electronically. This information is then transmitted to a personal computer (PC), which automatically records the measurement.
Plate 6 The new measuring devise developed by scientists at the NPL will reduce reading and recording errors
The new device will reduce reading and recording errors; generate data that can be fed directly into industry standard production control software; and has a unique self-calibration facility.
NPL is working with small British design and fashion consultancies Davies Design and The London Consultancy to develop the product responding fully to the industry's needs.
If you would like more information about the flexible electronic tape contact: Richard Leach, National Physical Laboratory, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 6303; Fax: +44 (0)20 8614 0420; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org