The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has spent $1.25 million to fully automate the sewing process of the $4 billion worth of clothing it produces annually. Wtf? I had no idea that they made clothing. What are they a sweatshop now?
SoftWear Automation Inc. has developed a conceptual version of the automated system, a robotic system that monitors thread count to direct clothing through a sewing machine
They have apparently been trying to perfect this technology since the 1980s, spending hundreds of millions in the process. But now they think that SoftWear has nailed it. The robot takes fabric and places it on a sewing machine. Then, using motorized balls and a thread-count sensor, it moves the fabric around and stitches it just right. You could have just hired my grandmother.