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FitBot Lets You Try Clothes Before You Buy

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the if-you-have-no-real-doll-doppelgaenger dept.

Robotics 58

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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A link to video (-1, Troll)

fanslash (2257200) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413622)

Video here. [aeonity.com] Pretty amazing I agree.

Re:A link to video (-1, Redundant)

ludwigf (1208730) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413630)

Video here. [aeonity.com] Pretty amazing I agree.

its a trap.

Or... (2)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413642)

Just drop vanity sizing.

Re:Or... (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413688)

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.

Re:Or... (2)

firex726 (1188453) | more than 3 years ago | (#36414566)

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... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36414878)

About 8 years ago, at about 6'1" and high-end-of-normal BMI, I needed an XL shirt. I'm pretty much the exact same body shape right now, and I need L shirts. XL is practically gangsta loose.

Re:Or... (1)

cshark (673578) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415552)

Just don't buy shirts from Walmart. No matter what size you get, it'll be cut like a mumu.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36415814)

Weirdest thing is that pant sizes seem to have changed too. My waist isn't getting any smaller; I can measure it, and the measurement doesn't match up with the advertised pant sizes.

Re:Or... (3, Funny)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.'

Re:Or... (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#36420212)

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 :)

Re:Or... (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 3 years ago | (#36416900)

Just drop vanity sizing.

They just need versions instead.

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

point ten.

A link to the video (-1, Troll)

fanslash1 (2257212) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413648)

Video here [aeonity.com] Pretty amazing I agree.

Re:A link to the video (2)

anagama (611277) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413700)

eh -- it's OK. Couple that with a real doll and I'll be impressed.

Re:A link to the video (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413736)

Lame -- GP is a goatse. Totally ruined my joke -- or wait -- maybe it's a better joke now?

I rather (-1, Offtopic)

fanslash2 (2257216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413662)

Use a service where a stripper [aeonity.com] [SFW] measures your clothes :-)

Re:I rather: FYI: Goatse here (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413716)

goatse

Cool! (2)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#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.

Re:Cool! (2)

sjwt (161428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413930)

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.

Re:Cool! (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415588)

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.

Re:Cool! (2)

blincoln (592401) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415736)

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 really picky ones don't allow their merchandise to be sold online *at all* - the buyer has to physically go to a store just to see it.

I don't think this somewhat-fancy mannequin would meet any of those requirements either, but that's why it will probably be awhile before you see anything like you're describing at more than a handful of online stores.

Very interesting (-1, Offtopic)

fanslash3 (2257224) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413678)

But how will they cope with lot of clients? How they can know your dimensional? I actually have seen it in this shop [aeonity.com] Can't say its that amazing

Re:Very interesting (-1, Redundant)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413986)

Goatse

I rather... (-1, Offtopic)

fandotter (2257234) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413690)

Use a service where a stripper [aeonity.com] [SFW] measures your clothes :-)

clothes + kinect + AR (1)

Superken7 (893292) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413696)

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]

Nah, not intersing. (-1, Offtopic)

fandottter (2257242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413714)

I rather use this service [aeonity.com] that makes the clothes from an 3d dimensional surface on demand and mails them to you.

I rather (-1, Troll)

fandottt (2257266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413750)

Use a service where a stripper [thoughts.com] [SFW] measures your clothes :-)

Re:I rather (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413854)

You mean NSFW asshole.

"Danger, Will Robinson!".....NSFW! (2)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413856)

Goatse link warning.

Prior art (2)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413754)

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

From Woody Allen's "Sleeper".

Robotic taylor? (1)

Latent Heat (558884) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415188)

OK, OK, we take it "in" a little!

I've got something better! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413762)

It's called FatBot and all it does is shake its finger at you because there's no way your fat ass is going to fit in those jeans.

Link to the video (-1, Troll)

fandott (2257274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413766)

Video here [aeonity.com] Pretty amazing I agree.

Clothes-Folding Robot (2)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413778)

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.

Re:Clothes-Folding Robot (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36415772)

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.

Nah, not intersing (-1, Troll)

fandot (2257276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413782)

I rather use this service [aeonity.com] that makes the clothes from any 3d dimensional surface on demand and mails them to you.

Re:Nah, not intersing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413836)

goatse warning

Not Exactly Earthshaking (4, Insightful)

MimeticLie (1866406) | more than 3 years ago | (#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).

Re:Not Exactly Earthshaking (1)

unkiereamus (1061340) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415618)

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 that. With that kind of time savings suddenly having pictures of each item at each level actually becomes practical.

Oh and as a side note, it looks like the form is MUCH more adaptable than all but the highest end dress forms, and perhaps more adaptable than even those (Though to be fair, it's been about 8 years since the last time I shopped for a dress form.)

Re:Not Exactly Earthshaking (2)

isopropanol (1936936) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415770)

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.

Re:Not Exactly Earthshaking (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415696)

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.

Does the ... (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413960)

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

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

Re:Does the ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36418428)

My junk is so small that dressing left or right isn't an issue at all.

Re:Does the ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36418804)

Sorry to hear that, AC (I'm sure you double-checked the "Post Anonymously" switch before hitting Submit).

Humor aside, TFA's assertion that female bodies have more variation misses the point that there are a few more dimensions to men's bodies than waist/inseam dimensions.

And that's not just pants. I'm 5' 6" and I've got to buy XXL shirts (and roll up the sleeves) to get my damned shoulders in them.

Will it have... (1)

swalve (1980968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413990)

...inflatable air bladders to simulate the various girths of the shoppers?

Unflattering (1)

zigmeister (1281432) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413998)

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.

I'm afraid (1)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 3 years ago | (#36414128)

It doesn't get fat enough for the average consumer.

Re:I'm afraid (1)

hellop2 (1271166) | more than 3 years ago | (#36414156)

Also, wouldn't just having 10 different mannequins be cheaper?

Re:I'm afraid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36416330)

The deal seems to be that this fancy machine one is more than just 10. Somebody less lazy than I am can probably do the math on exactly how many (reasonable) possibilities there are. The two benefits to this system are:

1) They clothing companies outsource the job and so have to buy zero mannequins.
2) The machine can no doubt cycle through many shapes and take pictures far faster than a human could change clothes on a mannequin.

Oh also perhaps this technology will make it into the next version of RealDoll

Re:I'm afraid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36416196)

It doesn't get fat enough for the average American consumer.

Fixed that for you.

Where's the "I'm not that fat!!!" button? (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 3 years ago | (#36414362)

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?

Consumer to robot: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36415046)

Consumer to robot: PUT SHOE ON HEAD

The /b/tards will be all over this. ;0

Portal Panels (2)

pgn674 (995941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415348)

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?

dress form (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36415616)

My wife has one of these, it's called a dress form. (plus some servos of course)

Simple alternative solution (at least for men) (1)

kanweg (771128) | more than 3 years ago | (#36415708)

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

Re:Simple alternative solution (at least for men) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36416072)

Exactly! In the age of search engines and online shopping, I should be able to sort the clothes by how well they would fit me instead of using archaic and arbitrary S-M-L schemes. In fact, I should be able to go to a website and order a pair of jeans by inputting my measurements and choosing a style. Hell, T-shirts are simple enough that I should be able to walk into a shop, get a 3D scan while I choose a design and then walk out wearing my new T-shirt that was made on the spot to fit exactly.

Re:Simple alternative solution (at least for men) (1)

Fancia (710007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36421248)

Did you check their sizing chart? They give you the measurements of the shirts in inches. It's not exactly an obtuse measurement.

What happened to custom clothes? (1)

mbstone (457308) | more than 3 years ago | (#36419726)

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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