After all that testing, Diana and I ended up going in a different direction for this AR experience, using fiducial markers mapped to specific outfits to try on. We presented this project at the ITP 2010 Winter Show, building a physical photo booth with a hidden camera and invited people in to play! Ultimately, due to lighting and other unforeseen constraints, we had to do some very last minute code adjustments and go with a simplified version of our concept, but it ended up being just as fun and getting a smile out of those who partook. See above for the flicker feed from during the show, or visit www.ondressup.com. We’ll have the snazzy polaroids taken during the show scanned and uploaded in the near future as well!
For my final project for ICM I am collaborating with Miss Diana Huang. We both have an interest in fashion and design and wanted to create something with clothing as our aesthetic inspiration. After discussing, we both noted a love for vintage and old patterns and illustrations. Diana had expressed an interest in creating a photo booth of sorts, and our conversations ultimately led to the idea of a paper doll photo booth. Paper dolls both carry a childhood nostalgia for us, so why not be able to actually wear them ourselves!
We have been playing with color tracking as a method for executing this idea, using either one or two brightly colored tabs at the shoulders or a brightly colored vest, and having a resizing function in order to accommodate each individual’s shoulder width and proximity to the camera lens (thank you Big Fish project for some of the code for this ). Lighting and environment are key for making this more stable, so we’ll begin to address that next, but we did some quick preliminary tests just to get our code on the road. Most likely, we will start playing with blob detection as well and see which will be more reliable for our purposes.