Walmart is continuing to make bold moves to establish the company as a destination for fashion. It started with work over the last few years to expand its assortment of quality, on-trend and accessible apparel and accessories. More recently, it includes prioritizing the creation and introduction of innovative shopping experiences that help customers discover the assortment and enable new and existing customers to shop with confidence.
Today, Walmart is embarking on the next phase of their virtual try-on technology with Be Your Own Model, industry leading technology that brings the in-store fitting room experience to online shoppers. This experience allows customers to use their own photo to better visualize how clothing will look on them, and creates a gamification of shopping that Walmart believes will be very compelling to the customer. Walmart is the first to offer a virtual try-on experience for apparel brands at scale, and it’s the most realistic application we have ever seen.
Their technology accomplishes this key differentiator with algorithms and intricate machine learning models – techniques originally utilized in developing highly accurate topographic maps – to show how an item of clothing will look on someone. Other experiences typically lay a photo of an item on top of another image, making it appear computer-generated. With Be Your Own Model, a customer sees an ultra-realistic simulation with shadows, fabric draping and where clothing falls on their figure in seconds. For example, a single shirt can come in six different colors, seven different sizes and two sleeve lengths. Their technology captures all the variations and shows how they look uniquely on each individual.
Walmart’s Global Tech subdivision for creating bespoke digital and Web3 solutions designed the AR try-on service that employs neural networks to simulate fabric behaviour based on a user’s height and build.
It also utilizes digital twins of clothing to create a realistic try-on simulation experience instead of employing 3D models.
Walmart scanned roughly 270,000 items of woman’s clothing for its application, and shoppers can access the immersive experience via the Walmart iOS application.
Not only is the technology impressive but they are able to deliver it at Walmart’s incredible scale. The feature is now available on more than 270,000 items across Walmart’s portfolio of exclusive, elevated brands and private brands, including Free Assembly, Scoop, Sofia Jeans and Sofia Active by Sofia Vergara, Love & Sports, ELOQUII Elements, Time & Tru, Athletic Works, Terra & Sky, No Boundaries, Avia and The Pioneer Woman. Select items from some of their national brands like Champion, Levi’s and Hanes, and even some items on the Walmart Marketplace, are also part of the new experience, and their portfolio of participating brands will continue to grow.
It’s also incredibly easy to use. If an item is enabled for virtual try-on, customers will see the “Try It On” button on the item page and have the option to view clothing on themselves (Be Your Own Model) or another model (Choose My Model). To use the Be Your Own Model feature, the customer will be prompted to take a picture of themselves within the Walmart iOS app. Once an image is saved, the customer will be able to view themselves as the model each time they use the virtual try-on experience.
Walmart believes the largest and closest store to their customers is the one in their pockets. With both virtual try-on experiences now live, Walmart continues to offer customers an unparalleled experience that makes it easier to shop for clothes online.