When we go to buy new clothes, We try them on in order to see if they are suitable for us to buy or not. The traditional and common way for trying clothes on is to enter a changing or fitting room and physically wear them. The clothes of course have the size written on a label, but we can not trust it, because every factory has its sizes which differ from the other sizes of other factories, so it is a must to wear the clothes before deciding to buy them.
Thanks to new software programmes such as Style-Me , it became possible for us to try the clothes on without the need for physically wearing. When you go to a clothes shop, you will not have to enter a fitting room to see if the dress is suitable for you or not. All what you have to do is to stand in front of a virtual dressing mirror and choose the clothes that you want to buy to try them on before paying money. A software programme named Microsoft Kinect allows you to control the mirror by pushing virtual buttons in the air. You will be able to move and see the garment from the back and front. You can move your hands and legs and the mirror will track your movement. The virtual dressing mirror is provided by a built in camera which will show you your real image – a 3D image- and will track your movements.
The idea of virtual dressing first began as a girl game in which a girl dresses a doll with clothes, glasses, shoes and other things. But the game theme turned to be a real one.
Virtual dressing rooms are not limited to clothes shops only, but it also include online shopping. For those who buy things through the internet, it is very difficult for them to decide the size that they want. It is even more difficult than going to shops for shopping. It sometimes leads to returning a product back to the owner or seller after deciding to buy it because you find that it is not suitable for you. It became easier now for online shoppers to buy the clothes that they want because of the software programmes that allow them to try the clothes on before being bought. There are many software programmes such as Webcam Social Shopper that was designed by Zugara, SmartLook Dress, Lookz.ru and Swivel. All what you will need is a computer and a camera because the virtual online dressing rooms are based on using a camera to show your real image. The programme also tracks your movements to allow you to see how it will look in reality.
Sometimes you will need to enter your measurements to find a model that has the same body of yours and in other programmes you will not need to do that as it will show your real image. The programmes will also allow you to download your pictures, share them with friends, shop and try clothes on with your friends.
Finally, thanks to these new software programmes, it will become easier for customers and online shoppers to buy their needs after trying them on. It will be also beneficial for the sellers as the rate of selling will increase and the amount of the returned or sent back products will be decreased.