Kinect-powered Apparel Management System
National Undergraduate Scientific and Technological Innovation Project
Mar. 2016 - Dec. 2016
Organize your closet and choose clothes for the day can be frustrating
Waking up every morning and spending more than 10 minutes figuring out what to wear for the day has become a widespread problem for many people, especially for young ladies. Since I have participated in developing the Kinect-based virtual fitting room, I would like to explore this virtual technology and find out a feasible solution to manage closets.
Identify the right problems
Beginning with a limited understanding of my target users, I created a questionnaire to get a broad overview. By collecting data from 30 respondents, I was able to analyze their pain points and expectations.
- 60% participants will spend more than 5 minutes thinking about their dressing, and they have great problems.
- More than half of participants would like to use products to help them manage clothes.
- Participants focus more on tracking their own dressing styles.
Analyze Existing Solutions
After grasping the overall user expectations, in order to get detailed and direct feedback from my target users, I decided to conduct a contextual inquiry. I invited 4 users to use two famous closet management and outfit planning apps. All the participants were encouraged to do a think aloud and the post-inquiry survey. I then I summarized their reviews.
- Most apps currently available will make users life harder before they make it easier, since users are required to upload, edit, and pair up all their clothes at first, which will take quite a lot of time; however, but once it has been done, using the app was quick and easy.
- Even if some apps allow users to manually create everyday looks, they cannot show what the clothes would look on users without trying on.
Since I was thinking about implementing virtual technology, I would like to see how such competitor react, hence I continued to compare 2 virtual mirror products to figure out how technology could enhance user experience.
According to the competitor analysis, I found that the biggest problem for wardrobe organization apps is that uploading pictures of clothes to the pool can be a lengthy and annoying process. For the smart mirrors, however, they do help save time, but users still feel different from trying on the real clothes and can't carry with themselves. In this way, I came to think that why not combine their advantages to compensate their disadvantages?
After generating the ideas, I started sketching and prototyping and designed the GUI of the mirror, wireframes of the app, the user flow and the gestures to control system. Later, I tested the design ideas with the target users and iterated the prototypes.
The system is able to analyse users dressing data and track dressing behaviors.
Embeded with certain sensors, users will be allowed to perform more advanced gestures with fingers.
The mirror can also be developed into a intelligent home appliance, like Amazon Echo.