Color changing clothing – virtual reality

color_changing_dress.jpgOur weekend article addresses the dream of changing the color of clothing with the blink of an eye, or at least the push of a button.

Two German computer graphics researcher, Volker Scholz and Marcus Magnor, developed a texture replacement technology that allows movie editors to change the color and pattern of the outfit from their actors long after the video is shot.

No need to spend money for different outfits in a movie, just run this software over it and green gets blue or square gets polka dots. How fantastic would this be if it works in the real world?

Texture replacement is fairly simple on computer generated bodies like in the animated movies coming out from Disney and Co.

The amazing point of the texture replacement technology from the German researchers is: conventional videos can be used to change the dress color and pattern without loosing the natural shadows and all the fabric folds.

Check out the video to see how it works.

My article today may not be fully in line with the editing principles of talk2myShirt which is to report about Wearable Electronic technologies but the texture replacement software is addressing a strong desire of many fashion forward thinking people: changing the outfit with the blink of an eye or push on a button without changing the garment.

Color changing fabric is the ultimate goal in fashion as demonstrated by Designer Hussein Chalayan, DIY Wearable Electronic guru Leah Buechley and talk2myShirt if you allow us to be bold and place ourself in the same line with those great names in Wearable Electronic.

What is possible now in the virtual world will be one day possible in the real world. Many companies and individuals have color changing textile high on their research agenda. It is only a question of time when the first color changing garment will become fashion reality.

[via: styleguru.org]

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