1. Terminator mannequin: the robot who will try on new clothes for you
Let's face it -- buying new clothes is a hassle. You can go to the mall, and spend hours trying on new clothes under unforgiving harsh lights and being pressured by pushy sales people. Or you can buy your clothes online, but there's a distinct possibility that your purchase will need to be returned because it doesn't fit the way you had hoped. Fortunately, a forward-thinking Estonian company is hoping to revolutionize online shopping by having a shape-shifting robot try those clothes on for you. Customers who visit a participating clothing company can feed in their body measurements online and then can watch as a mannequin individually shaped to their body "tries on" different articles of clothing.
Fits.me or "Terminator mannequin" can morph its body into 2,000 different body types, going from pencil-thin hipster to athletic gym rat to beer-belly coach potato with the touch of a button. While consumers will see this process occur instantly online, it all has been pre-rendered by one of Fits.me five robots physically trying on the various articles of clothing. Pictures are taken of the robot in all the various sizes and uploaded, giving the online viewer the impression it is taking place in the present. Currently all the robots can only model men's bodies, as women's bust sizes have proved much more difficult to calculate. The female robots are expected to come online soon.
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