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No more would you have to drag an unwilling friend or spouse shopping in order to tell you that you look silly in the latest fashions! Simply stand on the scanning unit with a barcoded article of clothing, and then view a hologram of you wearing the item. It saves time (now you only need the dressing
room to see if the clothes are comfortable), and you don't have to depend on a store clerk to tell you what you really look like in spandex.
Of course, men would be kept strictly away from the lingerie -- not only to prevent ogling the women, but to keep the image of some hairy middle-aged guy wearing a lacy nightie from causing nausea in innocent bystanders.
This is very much their field of investigation. [Aristotle, May 07 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
A body and garment creation method for an Internet based virtual fitting room
Here is how Miralab does what you are suggesting. [Aristotle, May 07 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
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||I'm sure similar things have been proposed in the past. But it would be hard to simulate how the clothes would hang on a different person: it's not just a matter of mapping a bitmap onto the person's form. Even to check the leg length of trousers would be complex, depending on the drape of the fabric, which would in turn depend on the sort of fabric and the cut. And it wouldn't be able to simulate ugly ridges of fat bulging out from around the edges, which is the sort of thing some people really need to know.
||You're right, scanning the body and figuring out how it interacts with clothing would be the hard part. They have those new airport scanners that supposedly see under clothing, which might work to see how your body "hangs" with clothes you find comfortable enough to wear in public. This idea probably wouldn't work for things you expect to alter your body's curves, like girdles and brassieres.
||Scanning the body is easy as long as you don't mind doing it in the nude. Cylindrical scanners already exist that you stand on in the nude and it does you a 360 degrees scan. The nudity is necessary because it is easier to add clothes rather than take them away.
||A simpler version was open to the public in the Millenium Dome and this took four pictures of you and, with the help of an assistant, stuck them together. You did this with your clothes on so the resulting clones could not be used for clothes shopping.
||The standard, baked approach is to select the attributes of an avatar that looks like you and see them on the avatar in combination. This is what www.boo.com did before they went bust. Miralab in Switzerland has also done a lot of work on fashion shows and how to hang clothes correctly from bodies.
||Aristotle, landsend.com also uses an avatar system, "My Virtual Model." It works fairly well.
||Many stores now have scanners where you can grab a cd, dvd, or video tape off the shelves, scan the barcode, and listen/view a short excerpt from it. This is what made me think of the clothing version. The avatar model is more like choose the type of movie you want to see and then see a clip from it -- it's still useful (and you can do it from home), just different.
||Here is how you do it: Setup a
camcorder with a nu-view sterioscopic
adapter (3D) and connect a tivo unit (for
delay in the video) and a crt tv (so the
3d will work) to it. Have the coustomers
put the clothes that they are trying out
on and stand on a rotating pad infront
of the camcorder (or if you are too
cheap for the pad have them spin
around them selves) then they can see
them selves on the TV screen in 3d
(with special lcd shutter classes) to see
if they like how they look.
||^I ment to say glasses not classes... lcd shutter glasses