It is very convenient to buy clothes online. However, there is always the risk that you will not like the clothes if you try them on at home. And when this happens, the whole online shopping becomes a hassle. But what if you could see what the new t-shirt you’ve been dying to buy looks like on you before you order it? Well, it looks like Walmart now offers you a way to try your potential purchases online and then decide whether to add them to your cart. As the company announced in a new press release, the Walmart app on iOS now offers a “Be Your Own Model” feature, which lets you try on clothes on a virtual model of yourself created from a photo of you.
To do this, tap the “Try it out” button and then choose the “Be your own model” option. The first time you will be asked to take a photo of yourself in the Walmart app and enter your height. After that, you will see a picture of you wearing the item.
You could argue that the system just saves images of clothing onto your photo and there’s nothing fancy about it, but according to Walmart, the technology uses algorithms and AI, originally created for designing high-precision topographic maps. The company stated that with Be Your Own Model you see an “ultra-realistic simulation” with shadows and fabric drapes, including where your desired clothes fall on your virtual body.
Walmart also shared that more than 270,000 items in the retailer’s portfolio now support the virtual try-on feature. The company also stated that Be Your Own Model will soon be available on Android and Desktop as well.
In 2021, Walmart acquired Zeekit, a company developing a virtual fitting room platform. And earlier this year it introduced the try-on feature, but until now you could only use it with a virtual model that was most like you.