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OptiTex Introduces More Realistic 3-D Avatars

Israel-based OptiTex Ltd. — a developer of 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design solutions for the fashion industry — has created Tim, a 10-year-old parametric avatar. At his youngest, Tim is 139 centimeters tall. The user can alter the size of one or more of his body parts at the same time, and the avatar has the potential to grow into an 18-year old.

The company also has added new features to its signature 3-D male avatar, Adam. Adam now features supplementary poses for more accurate fitting, and has dynamic shoulder pads to fill in and create various slopes for different designs. The Morphs Dialog now allows the user to manage props in 3-D view, including socks and shoes, in addition to changing Adam’s posture, muscle tone and belly shape.

Using 3-D avatars allows a designer to review and refine a garment before cutting fabric, and to show potential customers virtual fashion shows of new products without having to create a sample. By reducing the planning and production time, users can realize costs savings, according to OptiTex.

January 13, 2009