Walmart is upgrading its virtual fitting room service by now letting people upload photos of themselves and see how well clothes fit their bodies.
The new tool is called Be your own model (Opens in a new tab), Continue to choose my model. The old version had you choose a body similar to yours from a selection of 50 models to see how the clothes could fit you. It was a great concept, but with notable limitations. You had to look at the whole process and hopefully find a body match. With Be Your Own Model, virtual clothing fitting aims to be easier and more precise.
Walmart states that it uses “algorithms and complex machine learning models” to help people better visualize how clothes will look on them. You’ll have access to more than 270,000 items across the company’s catalog, including some brand names, with plans to expand. According to the announcement, all items will be women’s clothing, but there Reports (Opens in a new tab) The Be Your Own model will be expanded to include men’s and children’s clothing.
The update is making its way to the Walmart app on iOS right now, and soon, users will be able to upload their photos to their desktop computer and experience a typical selection there. There will be a rollout on “Android devices in the coming weeks”.
How it works
To get started with Be Your Own Model, find an article about clothes in the Walmart app that supports the new tool, and then click the Try It On button. From there, you can prop your iPhone up and take a picture of yourself in a brightly lit room while wearing tight clothes. The app should be able to see your entire body. It will then ask you about your height, and after a brief moment, the app will show you your body clothes.
Fitting the clothes isn’t a simple overlay either because Be Your Own Model will simulate how the dress falls against the body as well as showing off the shades and draping of the fabric. That’s thanks to “machine learning models,” according to Walmart. The technique will also take into account the color, sizes, and even the sleeve lengths on the shirts.
There is one major omission in the ad and that is the level of security found in the Be Your Own Model. As mentioned earlier, you’ll have to take pictures of yourself in tight clothes, but there’s nowhere that says how Walmart will protect those pictures. Nor is there even a brief mention of the type of encryption technology used, if any.
We reached out to Walmart and asked them about Be Your Own Model’s security as well as any limitations the tool might have, such as whether it only accepts certain file sizes. This story will be updated if we hear back.
Thinking about Be Your Own Model has made us realize how many times virtual and augmented reality has appeared in other aspects of life besides video games. for example, Virtual make-up began to appear in 202. with herAnd the People can upload pictures of themselves and see what the cosmetics will look like on their faces before buying. Amazon did something similar with Amazon Gallerya service that allows you to place virtual furniture in a virtual room to give you an idea of what it would look like in your home.
It is not known if other big name stores will feature virtual installation rooms. Amazon’s Smart Mirror Patent for Virtual Wear It didn’t really go anywhere, but there are apps like YourFit (Opens in a new tab)So the potential is there. But no one has taken advantage of virtual fitting rooms quite like Walmart.
If you want to know how augmented reality can further impact life, be sure to check out TechRadar’s story about Microsoft providing technology to vehicles.