The Future Of Augmented Reality Fitting Rooms
Although there is still much to go until 3D virtual dressing rooms can provide a useful functional benefit to online shoppers, the direction and pace of the new developments look very optimistic. The launch of Kinect open-source project made Microsoft’s device an important cornerstone in the development of home and store-based AR applications.
While most of these applications are still in their beta stage, large scale deployment may be limited not only by the small number of valuable benefits but also by more down-to-earth practical issues as pointed out by the augmented reality developer Zugara in one of their recent blog posts. Low hardware penetration (regarding the depth sensing camera as the one used by Kinect) and the lack of 3D assets of clothing may stop many manufacturers/ retailers from taking advantage of this technology in the near future.
Despite being “work in progress”, the virtual dressing room is surely something to follow in 2012 and we will try to keep you up to date with the new developments and their effects on the existing technology.
What do you think the next step in AR fitting rooms will be? How do you think this technology will change the way we shop online? Leave your comments and questions in the box below.