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An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the etch-a-dress dept.

Idle 63

fangmcgee writes "A new app by interactive designer Mary Huang called Continuum, lets you turn any drawing into a customized three-dimensional garment. From the article: 'Huang dubs her software “D. dress”—the “D” stands for “Delaunay triangulation,” an algorithm she uses to deconstruct each dress into a series of triangular planes. Any adjustments in necklines, skirt lengths, or sleeve types are achieved by adding or subtracting triangles. “Lo-res triangular models are more abstract,” Huang admits, “but this abstraction prompts people to imagine what the resulting dress would look like rather than expect an exact rendition of the screen image. The triangulation also insures that almost any drawing will produce an interesting form.”'"

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GAY-ISH !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35605784)

And so are 20% of those here.

XKCD? (1)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35605810)

So, if I make an XKCD dress, it'll be like a full-body corset that crushes the vict... er... female with it's insanely thin design for stick people?

Re:XKCD? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606284)

So, if I make an XKCD dress, it'll be like a full-body corset that crushes the vict... er... female with it's insanely thin design for stick people?

Hm. Been to the mall lately? There's some teenage girls in the malls here who could give XKCD a run for it's money in the stick-figure department.

Re:XKCD? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606610)

Been to the mall lately?

Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

Re:XKCD? (1)

Lunoria (1496339) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606824)

I only go to the mall because it has the only bookstore in town. I enjoy browsing books, rather then look for all the newest releases on Amazon.

Re:XKCD? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606918)

Why would any adult go to the mall?

The closest bus stop to work is at the mall. If I'm already there, I can shop for things, especially somewhat oversize things, without having to pay extra for oversize shipping on e.g. a snow shovel. I can try on clothes to make sure they fit, and I can try phones to make sure the display and touch aren't horribly unresponsive. It's also a lot easier to return something at the mall than to return something bought online.

Re:XKCD? (1)

quickgold192 (1014925) | more than 3 years ago | (#35607082)

I don't think he was talking about shopping...

Re:XKCD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35608488)

WTF is an oversize shovel?

Re:XKCD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35608890)

It is a big shovel....try clearing snow with a normal shovel and then try with an oversized, extrawide shovel....you'll work it out.

BTW, Snow, that's the white stuff on the ground you can see outside of your parents' basement's window ;-) unless you live in LA in which case its probably cocaine

Re:XKCD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35610492)

It's a shovel for obese people. Duh.

Re:XKCD? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35612556)

WTF is an oversize shovel?

I'm going out on a limb here, but I'd say it's a shovel that's oversized.

Re:XKCD? (2)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35608760)

Because the feds have a problem if I have *those* pictures on my computer. Where as it's free and legal if I just view it at the mall.

Duh.

Re:XKCD? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35610050)

Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

Instant gratification. We don't have a video game store in my town, though oddly we seem to have two RPG shops that I've never been into because they're full of people who are just like I used to be, and I couldn't stand me back then. If I go to one town an hour away they have a gamestop in a strip mall, but if I go the other direction (to Santa Rosa) I have to go to the mall where they have two gamestops.

Re:XKCD? (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35611180)

where else are you going to stand in line for an iPhone?

Re:XKCD? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#35612512)

Been to the mall lately?

Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

Because sometimes it's nice to gawk at real life teenage girls?

Re:XKCD? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35608072)

And they would still be considered obese by the BMI.

Re:XKCD? (1)

Draek (916851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606382)

No, I think it'd give you a g-string.

Dunno about that, but... (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606726)

... I think some of the fashion designers that made the news recently by posting some ads where they photoshopped some model into stick-figures -- or, for that matter, who made the news by firing a ridiculously thin model for being too fat for their fashion -- would pay good money for something like that. On second thought, wait a minute, if anyone could just run an XKCD strip through an app for the same effect, that would put them out of business ;)

More interestingly (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35605846)

I was thinking you could probably do something similar to this on a real model with a Kinect.

Re:More interestingly (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606546)

Yeah, and what percentage of users actually want their avatar to be physically accurate to themselves?

Have you RTFA? (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606842)

Have you RTFA, thought? Their examples of a generated dress left me thinking, "hey, cool, it's the stealth dress" ;) Actually even that's unfair, as stealth ships and planes may have all sorts of angles and polyhedra, but they don't get them jutting at seemingly random angles and positions.

I mean, seriously, the first dress looks like, umm, you're wearing some kind of mis-shapen backpack. As a dress, not on your back. The second is only marginally better.

And I mean, really, it's not just that they're made of triangles. So are the high-def models in the latest games and they don't look that bad. This thing looks like it made the dress out of 1 ft big triangles, and extrapolated the third dimension to basically some wildly random value. So you get pretty much a dress made of giant D4 dice (tetrahedrons), with random sized heights and jutting out at weird angles.

I'm not sure a model accurate to myself could be worse than that even if it caught me before having my morning coffee and shower.

Plus, if you're making a fashion dress, you probably wouldn't use me as a model, but one of the models such a fashion designer studio employs. And if you could actually take a 3d view and fit the dress to her body instead of producing what looks like random heights, that has to be a huge step forward.

Re:Have you RTFA? (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | more than 3 years ago | (#35608002)

I thought what the parent was implying was that the Kinect would model our bodies which would be used on our avatars.

Re:Have you RTFA? (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#35609110)

And I'm saying I'll take even that over something that looks like a cluster of tetrahedral crystals grown in random directions.

Re:Have you RTFA? (1)

sh00z (206503) | more than 3 years ago | (#35610080)

Yes, I have RTFA, and it's nonsensical. "An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress" by deconstructing the dress into a series of triangular planes works great if your drawing is of a dress made up of triangles (as in the two examples shown). duh. Let's see how it handles a real-world example.

Re:More interestingly (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35607358)

I was thinking you could probably do something similar to this on a real model with cloth.

why? (1)

MichaelKristopeit419 (2018878) | more than 3 years ago | (#35605906)

why not just make the dress you want directly?

Re:why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606848)

because

How about a drawing of the world? (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35605916)

Life's parade of fashion just leaves me depressed
Under every garment I can see the world's address
Call the men of science and let them hear this song
Tell them Albert Einstein and Copernicus were wrong

The world's address
A place that's worn
A sad pun that reflects a sadder mess
I'll repeat it for those who may not have already guessed
The world's address

For Pete's sake. It's "ensures"! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35605932)

The triangulation also insures that almost any drawing will produce an interesting form.

Gah - have we learned nothing since August 2009? :(

http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1335491&cid=29057733 [slashdot.org]

Re:For Pete's sake. It's "ensures"! (2)

tonywong (96839) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606202)

If you bothered to look up the definition, you will see that insure can be used in lieu of ensure.

Definition of INSURE

transitive verb
1
: to provide or obtain insurance on or for
2
: to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions
intransitive verb

in·sure   
[in-shoor, -shur] Show IPA
verb, -sured, -sur·ing.
–verb (used with object)
1.
to guarantee against loss or harm.
2.
to secure indemnity to or on, in case of loss, damage, or death.
3.
to issue or procure an insurance policy on or for.
4.
ensure ( defs. 1–3 ) .

Re:For Pete's sake. It's "ensures"! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606882)

Yeah, the real mistake was an article from a supposed fashion website calling it "bespoke fashion" - since they are talking about dresses and not men's clothing, it's "haute couture."

Re:For Pete's sake. It's "ensures"! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35607300)

This. Anymore the living language is insuring we boldly like morons write. But write boldly we must.

Translation: quit freaking our Mr. Insurance Agent!

Just because you can... (1)

twebb72 (903169) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606016)

Judging by the article... Just because you CAN, doesn't mean you SHOULD.

Re:Just because you can... (1)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606082)

And, yet, if this had something to do with lego, there would be legions of Slashdotters defending it, saying that you "don't get it", if you ask why it was done.

In all fairness, though (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606868)

In all fairness, though, I can't imagine a lego version looking any worse than this :p

Well, now we're out of the closet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606022)

Might as well turn my desktop into something useful. I'm glad I installed Unity instead of IceWM

The obvious application of this is (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606040)

a dress designed from a picture of a naked lady.

Re:The obvious application of this is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35613798)

Did you not read TFA? Or at least view TFV? (I admit to not reading)

The dresses are made from drawings drawn onto a figure. A dress made from the initial naked image is no dress at all.

In fact, I already make such dresses, and am willing to send you one for $99 plus shipping. Shipping is cheap because it fits into an infinitely thin envelope. The material used is woven from the finest spun gold thread. It's so fine it's invisible. In fact, the dress is also invisible because it uses no material at all. You have to be careful to remember where you put it, because it's easy to lose if you don't. It looks fabulous on a lady, though.

Ah hell, let me just e-mail you the dress.

[Null dress attached]

A good gift for your geeky girlfriend? (-1, Flamebait)

slashcomma2 (2025462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606100)

Not bad I'll say, really. Here [blog.com] I found a gallery of designs that were made so far.

Re:A good gift for your geeky girlfriend? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606138)

Yah. Thanks for that. Stupid NSFW goatse.cx troll.

Re:A good gift for your geeky girlfriend? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35607424)

But can the app turn goatse into a dress?

Re:A good gift for your geeky girlfriend? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606178)

Is that the best trolling you can come up with? Pathetic.

Next challenge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606146)

Next challenge: an algorithm that turns any drawing into an ATTRACTIVE dress.

I am not a fashion critic... (2)

HatofPig (904660) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606164)

...but those dresses look awful. Probably why I'm not a fashion critic.

Re:I am not a fashion critic... (1)

md65536 (670240) | more than 3 years ago | (#35614000)

You certainly sound like a fashion critic.

This is news how? (1)

ArcadeNut (85398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606186)

So she's applying a texture to a 3d shape.... or am I missing something here?

Re:This is news how? (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606550)

If we restricted our news to "things which are utterly unrelated to anything else in the universe" we wouldn't be reading much. Everything is built on something else, and this is kind of nifty. Nobody said it was gonna change the world.

Re:This is news how? (1)

mgiuca (1040724) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606954)

No, almost the opposite. She's creating a 3D polygonal model from a 2D drawing. Watch the video. (WTFV?)

Suggested slogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606628)

"Look like a failed 3D rendering of yourself!"

Where have I seen this before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606638)

Oh, that's right: Animal Crossing. She copied an element out of a 2004 Nintendo game, and that's apparently newsworthy.

As Triumph would say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35606722)

Those look great...for me to poop on.

Very low-poly models (1)

mgiuca (1040724) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606986)

Very interesting technology. But the dresses are all black and triangulated. Make yourself look like a character in a late-90s videogame!

Let's see it do... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35606994)

M.C. Escher

KIDS, don't CLICK that LINK!!! (1, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35607364)

She's NAKED underneath that TRIANGULATION! Won't SOMEONE think of all the CHILDREN who read slashdot?

Re:KIDS, don't CLICK that LINK!!! (1)

md65536 (670240) | more than 3 years ago | (#35613982)

The depth buffer prevents the naked pixels of the underlying polygons from being rendered. Just make sure cheats are disabled and the kids can't use NOCLIP to get inside the dress.

What, ma, no pants? (1)

Troll-Under-D'Bridge (1782952) | more than 3 years ago | (#35607444)

TFA shows only a model dressed in, well, a dress that looks little different from a bed sheet draped on by an actress in a PG-rated love scene. I mean, this is the sort of fashion that you can do with a little skill but lots of chutzpah. I'm sure a teen-aged girl with plenty of time but short on her mommy money can do a much, much better job.

I'd be more impressed if the app can do pants and a proper shirt that, even if it won't make the pages of GQ [wikipedia.org] , I at least won't be ashamed to wear to work.

Cute, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35607582)

since when is something that runs in Flash inside a web browser an "app"?

Also, it's damned near impossible to make the front and back of the dress line up. And you can't put polys on the arms, they end up flat. also, everything ends up looking like a black garbage bag.

I only know a smattering of 3D and triangulation (srsly, not that hard, look up Delaunay triangulation) but I reckon I could make something less straight-up ugly than that. Just add more polys, Flash can handle hundreds of flat untextured polygons easily.

Delauney Triangulation for Skirt Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35607750)

OK, as far as titles for conference papers go, that's a good one. Fresh.

Why idle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35607762)

Why idle? If it was a 3d printing application that lets people prototype aircraft quicker I'm guessing there'd be a little more respect.

I'm forwarding the link to a friend who's self-employed in craft/fashion. She'll love it. Thanks /.!

Re:Why idle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35610240)

but it's not, so it's not getting any.

If you want to see a real clothing program at work (2)

DanielRavenNest (107550) | more than 3 years ago | (#35608046)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3xrkMhKwII [youtube.com]

"Marvelous Designer" is a cloth simulation program. You drape the fabric over an object (human avatar, or anything else you want). Then it simulates how the fabric will drape in more or less real time (a fast PC helps in that). It takes into account stretch, stiffness, etc. Then you can export the model to other 3D programs, or to sewing software to produce actual clothing from it.

I used it to make this dress and bedspread for a virtual world:

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_N3W3ksl-Xiw/TQAn5sYpwsI/AAAAAAAACK0/UHGXI2NKyNI/s800/HalterMiniPrint.JPG [googleusercontent.com]

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_N3W3ksl-Xiw/TPhfR7ZPHJI/AAAAAAAACKc/vMBut9JE2BQ/s1152/QueenBedWithCover.JPG [googleusercontent.com]

Re:If you want to see a real clothing program at w (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 3 years ago | (#35609650)

That's pretty cool.

It's like Autodesk Homestyler (1)

Xoblau (2017050) | more than 3 years ago | (#35608590)

except this one is for fashion while Homestyler [homestyler.com] is for interior design and remodeling.
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