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4D Movies Capture People in Clothing, Creating Realistic Virtual Try-on


Digital captures of a woman and her clothing.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed technology that can digitally capture clothing on moving people, turn it into a three-dimensional digital platform, and dress virtual avatars with it.

Credit: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Germany have developed ClothCapture (ClothCap), technology that can digitally capture clothing on moving people, turn it into a three-dimensional digital platform, and dress virtual avatars with it.

ClothCap uses four-dimensional movies of people recorded with a high-resolution scanner and computes body shape and motion under their clothing while separately tracking the garments.

"The software turns the captured scans into separate meshes corresponding to the clothing and the body," says MPI-IS' Sergi Pujades.

ClothCap could lead to systems enabling users to virtually try on clothes.

"First a retailer needs to scan a professional model in a variety of poses and clothing to create a digital wardrobe of clothing items," says MPI-IS' Michael Black. "Then a user can select an item and visualize how it looks on their virtual avatar."

The researchers presented their findings this week at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles.

From Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
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