The major obstacle facing online clothing shoppers is the inability to try on a garment before purchasing. Webcam Social Shopper, a new virtual dressing room concept, is hoping to change that. Blending Project Natal-like motion-capture with scenes from Clueless, the webcam-based dressing room allows you to, sort of, try on clothes you see online.
The program is essentially a modified mirror that lets you see what clothes will probably look like on you, as well as letting you sort through items and put them in your shopping cart with ease via motion-capture buttons. The most innovative idea is a marker you print out and hold up to your webcam, so the software can calculate the orientation of the virtual garments. This gives you the ability to adjust the angle or size of the garment. That way, if you see something online you like, you can have the program project it onto the marker. Then you stiffly stand roughly about where it's now hanging in virtual space.
The program certainly is far from perfect, and will only let you try on a cut-and-pasted image of the item. This could lead to ill-fitting and lumpy estimations of what the clothes would really look like on you. But the layout and control system are interesting -- it's good to see practical applications for augmented reality tech -- and, with a little tweaking, it could really be useful. Soon you'll be able to try on clothes from the comfort of your own home, for that telecommuting job of yours.
This will also eliminate the need for dressing rooms in brick and mortar stores. As soon as customers get used to this technology, they can just stand in front of a mirror with the clothes on a hanger and hold it in front of themselves.
No need for actually trying on the clothes to see how they fit.
In fact, why bother with clothes at all. Just hold a up a cardboard cutout that approximates the shirt.
Shopping online is generally too much of a hassle, what with most people, hating to fill up all the various forms, trying vainly to remember the account no. and password, while the virtual shopping cart stands with amazing stuff that one has filled it with. This is where sites like Billeo http://www.billeo.com/page/homepage.jsp?sitename=Billeo step in to do the dirty work of providing crutches to the memory. Once registration at the site is done and all necessary details provided, the site will auto fill all forms online, remind one of outstanding bills, leaving the actual, very enjoyable task of shopping to the user.
Get My Size has recently launched their free website which allows visitors to their site to be able to create a "body profile" with specific measurements ranging from shoulder width, upper leg length, and foot width. Companies and individuals can add articles of clothing they wish to sell. If they choose to sell a short sleeve shirt, they will enter the torso, shoulder width, upper arm length, and waist of the shirt. When a user conducts their search for short sleeve shirts, their shoulder width, upper arm length, torso and waist measurements will match up with the users who has inputed those measurements into the system as well.
A business or individual will be able to add their clothing with specific measurements, in addition to 4 pictures, a description, price and a link to the page where their item is posted.
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