The Kinect gives you (or a loved one) the ultimate Barbie dress-up experience
- Posted: Apr 16, 2012 at 6:00AM
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Today's inspiration project is a cross between augmented reality and a girl's dream experience...
Make sure you check out the second post below, where some details about how this was created with the Kinect, Kinect for Windows SDK and XNA were used...
This week, Barbie lovers in Sydney, Australia, are being given the 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.
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.
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. 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.
The technical solution consisted of a custom-made application using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio combined with the Kinect for Windows hardware and software development kit (SDK). The user interacts with the application through a natural gesture and overlay interface, augmented with audio and visual cues. Skeletal tracking is used to determine the position and orientation of the user and various Barbie™ outfits are rescaled and rendered over the user in real time. After selecting an outfit the user is prompted to strike a pose, and after a short countdown the resulting postcard-style photo is uploaded to a Pyramid-powered web server. All approved images (users aged 13+ only with guardian consent) can then displayed in a gallery section of the Barbie® Australian Facebook page.
The app will be launched at a media event in Sydney on April 11, 2012. A series of public events will then be executed at Westfield centres during school holidays, commencing at Westfield Parramatta (NSW April 12 – 15), Westfield Doncaster (VIC June 28 – July 1), and Westfield Chermside (QLD Sept 27 – 30).
Project Information URL: http://adapptor.com.au/2012/04/barbies-dream-closet-xna-kinect-app/
On a final note, if you'd like to give a like experience to your mom's, wives, daughter's, etc, but don't live in Australia, check out http://barbiethedreamcloset.com/. This site lets you do some Kinect like NUI with just your webcam. It's not near as cool as live augmented reality, but it might be enough for a smile from a loved one and what more do you really need?