Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed technology to digitally capture clothing on moving people, turn it into a 3D digital form, and dress virtual avatars. This new technology makes virtual clothing try-on practical. Capturing and transferring existing garments to new people simplifies the virtual try-on process.
Traditional virtual clothing try-on involves getting the 2D clothing pattern from the manufacturer, sizing this to a body, and simulating how the clothing drapes on the body. The new technique replaces garment simulation with garment capture. Capturing and transferring existing garments to new people greatly simplifies the process of virtual try-on. ClothCap uses 4D movies of people recorded with a unique 4D high-resolution scanner. The system uses 66 cameras and projectors to illuminate the person being scanned.
ClothCap provides a foundational technology for virtual clothing try-on. The work has several limitations. For example, cloth wrinkles do not change with body shape and ClothCap does not allow the synthesis of novel motions. The team plans to address such limitations in future work.