The Wool ComfortMeter, cutting edge technology which can accurately predict the comfort levels of garments, is on the cusp of becoming a commercial reality and revolutionising the way garments are sold. The machine has been developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) in conjunction with the CSIRO, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), Deakin University and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA). Under the guidance of David Tester, Leader of Sheep CRC Program 2 (next generation wool quality), the world’s biggest knitwear company, the Crystal Group, is this week testing the ComfortMeter at its Chinese mills, and this demonstration trial follows on from successful trials at the world’s second largest textile firm, Ceil Textiles in Mauritius earlier this year. “The results of these major trials have seriously impressed the industry’s leading players,” Sheep CRC Chief Executive James Rowe said. “The Wool ComfortMeter has the potential to improve the marketability of their woollen garments by providing retailers with the ability to guarantee comfort levels.