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FitBot Lets You Try Clothes Before You Buy 58

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-have-no-real-doll-doppelgaenger dept.
mikejuk writes "There is one big problem with online shopping. You can't actually try out the goods until they arrive. Now Fits.me has a sort of solution in the form of a 'FitBot.' This is described as a robot mannequin, although this particular robot moves in ways that have to be seen to be believed. Servo motors are used to move sections of the body in and out to create different body shapes. It is very eerie and slightly disturbing to watch!"
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FitBot Lets You Try Clothes Before You Buy

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  • by sakdoctor (1087155) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @05:54PM (#36413642) Homepage

    Just drop vanity sizing.

    • by peragrin (659227)

      shh think of the women will you.

      seriously vanity sizing needs to end now. when sizes are roughly measurements but can then be +- 2 full sizes you have major issues.

      Guys clothes used to be okay but even that is beginning to fall for vanity sizing issues.

      • by firex726 (1188453)

        A shame really, as a guy I'll have to start trying stuff on now, I have bought too many clothes that did not fit right.

        I frequently find only about 1/3 of the clothes I like fit correctly, I'm a large and will get that size for maybe even an XL, but when I go to put it on it will feel like a M or maybe a S.

    • Re:Or... (Score:4, Funny)

      by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Sunday June 12, 2011 @01:39AM (#36415832)
      I've not heard the term before, but I would guess it's the same reason that the average size of condom needed is 'large.'
      • by EdIII (1114411)

        Except when the online fitbot says, "Sorry I not configured to become that large... fatass", "large" might not be as good as it is in your context :)

    • by paiute (550198)

      Just drop vanity sizing.

      They just need versions instead.

      Hello, I'm looking for a new dress. I wear a size zero...

      point ten.

  • by timeOday (582209) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @05:59PM (#36413670)
    I doubt this will work but there's a chance it will, and it would be cool if it did. So, kudos to them for taking a risk and being innovative.
    • by sjwt (161428)

      Not that amazing, seems its the same as manual ones, just added servos, I was hopping to see something that could adapt to different shapes at different sizes.

      • by nospam007 (722110) *

        Landsend (http://www.landsend.com) had 'virtual' models years ago who adapted to every sizing part of the body.

        Using photos of servo-operated, adjustable, metal tailor models seems so steampunky to me.

        • by blincoln (592401)

          Land's End could probably do that because their clothes are their own label (or at least they were the last time I checked, which was quite awhile ago). Retailers who sell clothes made by other companies are often required to display them in a way that meets various requirements of the manufacturer. Some of them require that only photos they provide to the retailers be used. Some allow the retailer to shoot their own photos, but require approval of the models used and/or the photos that are taken. The reall

  • The Kinect hack for trying on clothes with Augmented Reality seems more useful fur such a scenario IMHO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_cYKFdP1_0 [youtube.com]

  • by Alien Being (18488) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @06:13PM (#36413754)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV2N4KSh3x4 [youtube.com]

    From Woody Allen's "Sleeper".

  • by Doc Ruby (173196) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @06:17PM (#36413778) Homepage Journal

    I like my clothes washer and dryer machines. But until they've got an un/loading folding machine that empties the hamper and stocks the closet, my wardrobe will be trapped by the 20th Century. Someone's got to turn machine vision (or some other folding sensor) into a replacement for this drudgery.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I like my clothes washer and dryer machines. But until they've got an un/loading folding machine that empties the hamper and stocks the closet, my wardrobe will be trapped by the 20th Century. Someone's got to turn machine vision (or some other folding sensor) into a replacement for this drudgery.

      Almost Here... A skillfully programmed PR2 can fold towels, albeit very slowly.

    • as long as you don't mind just wearing towels:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5g33S0Gzo [youtube.com]

  • by MimeticLie (1866406) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @06:34PM (#36413876)
    If you read the article, customers can't operate the robot. The website just uses it to take pictures of what different body types look in the clothes.

    So in other words, they've taken an adjustable dress form and added some motors. Cool, I guess, but I don't really see how it changes anything (except giving them some publicity on Slashdot).
    • So in other words, they've taken an adjustable dress form and added some motors. Cool, I guess, but I don't really see how it changes anything (except giving them some publicity on Slashdot).

      Seems to me the advantage is that in stead of needing to have someone manually change each of the dials to all of the possible configurations for each garment, someone puts the garment on, presses a button, and sits back while it runs through it's paces. That's if the software controlling it can automatically take pictures at each of the setting otherwise the operator has to snap the pic, then press the continue button. I'd be shocked if this was any less than 5 times faster, and probably much faster than t

      • It doesn't appear to be adjusting torso length though... Which often seems to be considered to be proportional to the other dimensions, but it's not nescesarily.

        Also, it's only set up for shirts, not for pants.

    • I wonder if they could integrate it with a Microsoft Kinect. It scans you at home, and then the robot adjusts to your size based on the Kinect scan.
  • by PPH (736903) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @06:50PM (#36413960)

    ... male FitBot include a "dress to the left/right" option?

    Or the "steroid athlete" vs "Ron Jeremy" switch?

  • ...inflatable air bladders to simulate the various girths of the shoppers?
  • In the real world this will be unflattering to people watching how fat they are on screen. Better idea: 3D online shopping. You can get a 1:1 (for small objects like clothes, toys, consumer electronics etc.) 3D object model of the product you're viewing. Of course you'll need a 3D monitor etc. Even better is that it works for all products, not just clothes. Anybody know of a site that supports this tech? I don't. hmmm.

  • It doesn't get fat enough for the average consumer.
  • This should also be combined with an Asimo so you can see what stuff looks like on you while you walk because after all, who just stands there waiting to be admired?

  • by pgn674 (995941) on Saturday June 11, 2011 @11:16PM (#36415348) Homepage
    The video reminds me of the panels [youtube.com] that Aperture Laboratories had in their Aperture Science computer-aided Enrichment Center, in Portal 2. It's cool to see the concept have a real world use. I wonder if there are other useful applications for the concept?
  • I do already have clothes that fit. I can measure specific distances of those. Why doesn't a webshop indicate those measures for particular items, instead of stupid indications like L, XL (that I believe vary among manufacturers) etc.

    I was tempted to buy cool "Teach the controversy" T-shirts (http://controversy.wearscience.com/) but ended up not doing that.

    I don't want to buy something with a right to return it; I don't want to waste my time on that. I want my purchased clothes to fit.

    Bert

    • by Fancia (710007)
      Did you check their sizing chart? They give you the measurements of the shirts in inches. It's not exactly an obtuse measurement.
  • Where is the scanner that will scan my ass and allow me to order custom lasercut garments? This should have been implemented ten years ago.

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