As our previous topic discussion previously touched on, there was the topic of equipment specialization. What exactly does that mean?Well, with a world that is populated by a large amount of sentient species, there is going to be an even larger variation of body builds than is seen on Earth. From the smallest mouse to the largest wolf or scalie, there becomes a lot more COMMON variation in size and tail types. What is a manufacturer going to do?One route is indeed specialization. A company can, say, produce clothes that are MEANT for rodents and only rodents. These shirts would perfectly match their limb proportions, as well as have a tailhole for their jeans that is small enough that they could perhaps go without tail skirts, while another company can make jeans and shirts with a liner that feels great over scale, and has a large tailhole. Medicine would most likely be species specific, or at least family specific. (EX: Rodents, Canine, Feline, Reptile, etc...) . Chairs can get away with being generalized, but there'd be a large market for species specific furniture. Heck, the thing that would require the most specialization is shoes. Rodents have a vastly different foot structure than dogs do, than do reptiles do. But there is another route to take, and that is generalization tailored to end user customization. What if jeans came with string tracing over the tailhole like a shoe, and the end user trimmed the string laces and knotted it to fit to their tail size? Or how about shirts, where sleeve length can be trimmed?
On the other hand, who says anthropomorphs would use clothes anyways? I know animals don't...But anyways, i suppose there would be different stores for different species and/or sizes. Or even better, there could be stores which sell tailor-made furniture.I am trying to imagine what a chair designed for i.e. an anthro fox would look like, kind of hard. Would they be able to use a chair made for human, with just a hole added for the tail? I mean, the anthro body would be quite different from the human.
I have a reply, but it was too long.Here: http://community.livejournal.com/furgonomics/3755.html