'Barbie The Dream Closet' Built Using Kinect for Windows Launches

This week, Barbie lovers in Sydney, Australia, are being given a chance to do more than fanaticize how they'd look in their favorite Barbie outfit. Thanks to Mattel, Gun Communications, Adapptor, and Kinect for Windows, Barbie The Dream Closet is here.Barbie's Dream Closet, was opened to the public at the Westfield Parramatta in Sydney on […]

This week, Barbie lovers in Sydney, Australia, are being given a chance to do more than fanaticize how they'd look in their favorite Barbie outfit. Thanks to Mattel, Gun Communications, Adapptor, and Kinect for Windows, Barbie The Dream Closet is here.

Barbie's Dream Closet, was opened to the public at the Westfield Parramatta in Sydney on April 12, and will be there through April 15. Its first day, it drew enthusiastic crowds, with around 100 people experiencing Barbie The Dream Closet.

"The application invites users to take a walk down memory lane and select from 50 years of Barbie fashions. Standing in front of Barbie's life-sized augmented reality "mirror," fans can choose from several outfits in her digital wardrobe--virtually trying them on for size," posted Steve Clayton, on Kincet for Windows blog.

Barbie The Dream Closet built using Kinect for Windows SDK, Kinect Sensor

"The solution, built with the Kinect for Windows SDK and using the Kinect for Windows sensor, tracks users' movements and gestures enabling them to easily browse through the closet and select outfits that strike their fancy. Once an outfit is selected, the Kinect for Windows skeletal tracking determines the position and orientation of the user," said Clayton. The application then rescales Barbie's clothes, rendering them over the user in real time for a custom fit.

"One of the most interesting aspects of this solution is the technology's ability to scale - with menus, navigation controls and clothing all dynamically adapting so that everyone from a little girl to a grown woman (and cough, yes, even a committed father) can enjoy the experience. To facilitate these advancements, each outfit was photographed on a Barbie doll, cut into multiple parts, and then built individually via the application," added Clayton.

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