November 23rd, 2012 by rbanks
Virtual tape measure removes the guesswork from online clothes shopping
"The project, dubbed “Body Shape Recognition for Online Fashion,” involves software being installed onto a home computer, after which the correct height of the user is entered. A webcam or smartphone then snaps photos of the would-be shopper in their underwear, and from these photos, the software calculates the relevant measurement details. The photos themselves stay on the computer and at no point go online. The team posit that once the measurement process is complete, shoppers could be presented with a logo, or perhaps a pop-up on websites which support it, allowing a hassle-free exact match to be made."