Going out later, but don’t have the right shoes?

By Marita Cheng

Go online, choose a design you like, scan in a 3D image of your feet and a few hours later, you can go out wearing the latest styles. Want to match the colour of your shoes to your dress? Take a photo of it to duplicate the colour using your 3D printer. Going out and want your eye shadow to match your dress? There’s a 3D printer that prints makeup colours. While you’re online, you can also check out accessories available online for you to 3D print to have chic jewellery that matches your outfit. 3D printed shoes wearing out? Break the components down and recycle the plastic so an engineering design house can use the pellets for their 3D printed rapid prototyping designs. You can be up-to-date, stylish and kind to the environment.

Not only can you make and customize shoes, makeup and accessories to fit your style, using augmented reality will enable you to pick and sift through clothes faster than you can change your outfit. You can use a 3D scanner to create a scaled virtual model of yourself and then browse through clothes online to shop with confidence that clothes you’re looking at will fit your body, and to see how you would look in the latest fashions. This could include bathing suits, suits, dresses, and shoes. These can be projected onto your body’s model on the computer so you can see yourself from every angle before making a purchase online.

If you still want to touch and feel clothes before you buy, clothing companies can send you a parcel of outfits (4 to 6 items) for you to feel, try on in your own home and in your own time, and then buy. If you don’t like any of the clothes, you can send them all back. To increase the chances of you liking your outfits, you fill in your preferences at the beginning, and as you browse and send back items, the algorithm learns your style, so it can get better at sending clothes that you like and end up buying. It’s like your own personal stylist, sending clothes direct to your house.

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Most excitingly though, is wearables embedded in your clothing that can monitor what your body needs to optimise for when to sleep, when to eat, how much to eat, when to exercise, exercise type, and giving you personal feedback on what’s best for you. These wearables can also monitor your fitness - steps taken, heart rate monitoring, blood pressure monitoring - so that you and your doctor can always keep track of your health and be notified far in advance of preventative measures you can take to improve your health.

All clothing needs to be cleaned, but new technology such as super hydrophobic materials in the marketplace means that your clothes may be waterproof with a layer of water-repellant molecules on the top, keeping your clothes dirt and odour free.

And finally, doing the laundry could be a breeze in the future with laundry robots that fold clothes using computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics. So no matter what clothes you wear, your home robot keeps them clean!

The opinions expressed here are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Samsung or Questacon.

Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. Marita Cheng is the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics, which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. As well as telepresence robots, 2Mar does research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation.

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