Manufacturers spend huge amounts of time and money testing materials for durability.
Today’s invention provides a benefit to customers, whilst getting them to undertake some free crowd-testing activity.
Imagine an office chair designed to accept standardised fabric inserts. Inserts would be supplied in large numbers of different types to the company buying the chairs. This gives people the chance to choose something about their working environment and it also prolongs the life of office furniture -which often gets dumped once it starts to get shabby in only a few areas.
The chair manufacturer would be able to note people’s choices of colour and fabric and also monitor how long each lasted.
These inserts could even be made from eg clothing fabric or materials destined for car seats.