Intel's Swope Advises Estonian Tech Entrepreneurs
After 31 years at Intel, William Swope left his position as the firm's vice president in search of new challenges. Yesterday, the consultant visited Estonia's Fits.me, innovator of the robotic mannequin, the country's newest, much-discussed IT breakthrough.
In Estonia for the first time, Swope visited the University of Tartu where the virtual dressing room technology is being developed, ETV reported.
Swope said he believes the project has potential. "Fits.me is trying to revolutionize the online shopping industry," said Swope. "I think that is a fantastic opportunity. They are the market leader right now and I think they are the thought leader in this industry."
Fits.me CEO Heikki Haldre said that by 2018 every fourth clothes retailer will close its doors and move to the internet.
"Every time I tell [our researchers] that they need to invent and solve significant scientific problems more quickly, one of our most important researchers tells me that it's not possible; even if you have nine pregnant women, then you still can't give birth to a child in one month," said Haldre.
In the coming weeks, the company will release the newest model of its product.