Robot Tries on Clothes for You

The Estonian start-up company Fits.me has designed a mannequin that can alter its shape so that it can try on clothes for you. The design is being marketed to online clothing retailers because they can't offer customers the opportunity to try on clothes personally:

All told, the robot is capable of replicating 2,000 body shapes. When a retailer signs up with Fits.me, they first send in their clothes. Each size is placed on the robot, which then cycles through all the body shapes it knows. (Think of the scene at the end of Terminator 2, when the T-1000 is being melted down.) While that's going on, a camera is taking pictures of each permutation. This photographic log is then stored in an online database. Once you go online and type your measurements into the retailer's site, it calls up the photo corresponding to your precise body type and clothing size.


Link via Popular Science | Photo: Fits.me

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fwater: thank you for your comment! It made my day with all the professional industry terms.

Actually you're right - for plus-sized people with extensive back bacon and ginormous thunder thighs, fitting service like www.myshape.com works probably better. For those people who instead of size recommendation would like to decide themselves which size fits them best (often people prefer tighter or looser fit), Fits.me's approach probably works better.
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I'm dubious. I'm embarrassed enough about my beer belly; seeing a manikin swell out to look "just like me" would put me off ever going into the changing room again...
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Not only would the North American and UK markets need bigger robots, but this completely fails to account for other fit-related problems like back bacon (back flab, usually accentuated by ill-fitting bras), muffin top (belly hanging over pants/skirt), thunder thigh, buffalo butt and moob (man boob) issues. I really can't see this as a good idea. I'd definitely avoid it like I would ill-fitting under-garments, ribbed shirts, "stretch" clothing and the plague. Wow.
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