Fits.me: A Virtual Fitting Room
Trying on clothes is a tedious process. First, there’s the strategy of the shopping outfit–what bra to wear, what type of pants–to ensure that no matter what you take into the dressing room, you’ll get the most realistic version of you in that dress, or you in that tank top. (Note: a sports bra and gym shorts are the worst articles of clothing to wear shopping). This almost always fails because inevitably you’ll want to try on a strapless dress with the strappy bra or a form-fitting tank top with a strapless bra that makes your boobs look flat, deflated, or like they exist in the middle of your stomach.
Then there’s the issue of static and the loss of any way you tried to style your hair–a twofold problem because if you don’t do it it’s hard to envision how you’ll look in that skirt out on the town and all dolled up, and if you do do it it’s going to fall out eventually and then you’re left with problem A. I’ll save you my thoughts on deodorant and the internal struggle that comes with choosing to wear it for sanitary purposes or skipping it to save the clothes you leave in the dressing room.
The reason for the rambling is that Fits.me proposes a solution with its online fitting room. Right now the service is only available for internet clothing retailers, which comes in incredibly handy for obvious reasons, but if it’s successful I’d love to see it applied to real world shopping sprees. The way it works is through a robot called the FitBot which “essentially takes your measurements and reproduces them in real time” visually on the robot, according to TechCrunch.
The FitBot can produce up to 2,000 different body images to demonstrate what an item of clothing would look like on thousands of varying body types, with the goal of getting as close as possible to every kind of body type.
Let’s hope they get this in stores ASAP.