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An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress 63

fangmcgee writes "A new app by interactive designer Mary Huang called Continuum, lets you turn any drawing into a customized three-dimensional garment. From the article: 'Huang dubs her software “D. dress”—the “D” stands for “Delaunay triangulation,” an algorithm she uses to deconstruct each dress into a series of triangular planes. Any adjustments in necklines, skirt lengths, or sleeve types are achieved by adding or subtracting triangles. “Lo-res triangular models are more abstract,” Huang admits, “but this abstraction prompts people to imagine what the resulting dress would look like rather than expect an exact rendition of the screen image. The triangulation also insures that almost any drawing will produce an interesting form.”'"
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An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress

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  • So, if I make an XKCD dress, it'll be like a full-body corset that crushes the vict... er... female with it's insanely thin design for stick people?
    • by ackthpt ( 218170 )

      So, if I make an XKCD dress, it'll be like a full-body corset that crushes the vict... er... female with it's insanely thin design for stick people?

      Hm. Been to the mall lately? There's some teenage girls in the malls here who could give XKCD a run for it's money in the stick-figure department.

      • by Hatta ( 162192 )

        Been to the mall lately?

        Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

        • I only go to the mall because it has the only bookstore in town. I enjoy browsing books, rather then look for all the newest releases on Amazon.
        • by tepples ( 727027 )

          Why would any adult go to the mall?

          The closest bus stop to work is at the mall. If I'm already there, I can shop for things, especially somewhat oversize things, without having to pay extra for oversize shipping on e.g. a snow shovel. I can try on clothes to make sure they fit, and I can try phones to make sure the display and touch aren't horribly unresponsive. It's also a lot easier to return something at the mall than to return something bought online.

        • Because the feds have a problem if I have *those* pictures on my computer. Where as it's free and legal if I just view it at the mall.


        • Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

          Instant gratification. We don't have a video game store in my town, though oddly we seem to have two RPG shops that I've never been into because they're full of people who are just like I used to be, and I couldn't stand me back then. If I go to one town an hour away they have a gamestop in a strip mall, but if I go the other direction (to Santa Rosa) I have to go to the mall where they have two gamestops.

        • where else are you going to stand in line for an iPhone?
        • Been to the mall lately?

          Good god no! Why would any adult go to the mall? Especially an adult with internet access.

          Because sometimes it's nice to gawk at real life teenage girls?

      • by Belial6 ( 794905 )
        And they would still be considered obese by the BMI.
    • by Draek ( 916851 )

      No, I think it'd give you a g-string.

    • ... I think some of the fashion designers that made the news recently by posting some ads where they photoshopped some model into stick-figures -- or, for that matter, who made the news by firing a ridiculously thin model for being too fat for their fashion -- would pay good money for something like that. On second thought, wait a minute, if anyone could just run an XKCD strip through an app for the same effect, that would put them out of business ;)

  • I was thinking you could probably do something similar to this on a real model with a Kinect.

    • Yeah, and what percentage of users actually want their avatar to be physically accurate to themselves?
      • Have you RTFA, thought? Their examples of a generated dress left me thinking, "hey, cool, it's the stealth dress" ;) Actually even that's unfair, as stealth ships and planes may have all sorts of angles and polyhedra, but they don't get them jutting at seemingly random angles and positions.

        I mean, seriously, the first dress looks like, umm, you're wearing some kind of mis-shapen backpack. As a dress, not on your back. The second is only marginally better.

        And I mean, really, it's not just that they're made o

        • I thought what the parent was implying was that the Kinect would model our bodies which would be used on our avatars.
          • And I'm saying I'll take even that over something that looks like a cluster of tetrahedral crystals grown in random directions.

        • by sh00z ( 206503 )
          Yes, I have RTFA, and it's nonsensical. "An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress" by deconstructing the dress into a series of triangular planes works great if your drawing is of a dress made up of triangles (as in the two examples shown). duh. Let's see how it handles a real-world example.
    • by SEWilco ( 27983 )
      I was thinking you could probably do something similar to this on a real model with cloth.
  • Life's parade of fashion just leaves me depressed
    Under every garment I can see the world's address
    Call the men of science and let them hear this song
    Tell them Albert Einstein and Copernicus were wrong

    The world's address
    A place that's worn
    A sad pun that reflects a sadder mess
    I'll repeat it for those who may not have already guessed
    The world's address

  • Judging by the article... Just because you CAN, doesn't mean you SHOULD.
  • a dress designed from a picture of a naked lady.

  • ...but those dresses look awful. Probably why I'm not a fashion critic.
  • So she's applying a texture to a 3d shape.... or am I missing something here?

    • If we restricted our news to "things which are utterly unrelated to anything else in the universe" we wouldn't be reading much. Everything is built on something else, and this is kind of nifty. Nobody said it was gonna change the world.
    • by mgiuca ( 1040724 )

      No, almost the opposite. She's creating a 3D polygonal model from a 2D drawing. Watch the video. (WTFV?)

  • Very interesting technology. But the dresses are all black and triangulated. Make yourself look like a character in a late-90s videogame!

  • M.C. Escher

  • She's NAKED underneath that TRIANGULATION! Won't SOMEONE think of all the CHILDREN who read slashdot?
    • by md65536 ( 670240 )

      The depth buffer prevents the naked pixels of the underlying polygons from being rendered. Just make sure cheats are disabled and the kids can't use NOCLIP to get inside the dress.

  • TFA shows only a model dressed in, well, a dress that looks little different from a bed sheet draped on by an actress in a PG-rated love scene. I mean, this is the sort of fashion that you can do with a little skill but lots of chutzpah. I'm sure a teen-aged girl with plenty of time but short on her mommy money can do a much, much better job.

    I'd be more impressed if the app can do pants and a proper shirt that, even if it won't make the pages of GQ [wikipedia.org], I at least won't be ashamed to wear to work.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3xrkMhKwII [youtube.com]

    "Marvelous Designer" is a cloth simulation program. You drape the fabric over an object (human avatar, or anything else you want). Then it simulates how the fabric will drape in more or less real time (a fast PC helps in that). It takes into account stretch, stiffness, etc. Then you can export the model to other 3D programs, or to sewing software to produce actual clothing from it.

    I used it to make this dress and bedspread for a virtual world:

    http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_N3W3ksl-Xiw/TQAn5sYpwsI/AAAAAAAACK0/UHGXI2NKyNI/s800/HalterMiniPrint.JPG [googleusercontent.com]

    http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_N3W3ksl-Xiw/TPhfR7ZPHJI/AAAAAAAACKc/vMBut9JE2BQ/s1152/QueenBedWithCover.JPG [googleusercontent.com]

  • except this one is for fashion while Homestyler [homestyler.com] is for interior design and remodeling.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith