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Shape-shifting dummies could change garment fitting in a big way

Anatomy just went robotic. A new robotic mannequin called i.Dummy is designed to model clothing. This familiar structure that mimics the human body is far from being inanimate; panels on the device can alter the form factor to simulate different body shapes in real-time. This “fitting avatar” enables users to adjust and achieve hundreds of human body measurements and shapes with just a few clicks.

Invented by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing, this robot could change how fashion designers create their styles. The team that developed this technology collected anthropometric information — measurements of the human body’s size and proportion — of people from all over the world, as well as actual body shapes using a 3D Body Scanner.

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