Shima Seiki adds AR mode to VR knitwear app

Japan-headquartered knitwear specialist Shima Seiki has added augmented reality (AR) and a realistic knit fabric viewer to its VR-knit.com app.

VR-knit.com, initially released in November 2017 as an app for showcasing Shima Seiki’s original knit collection as three-dimensional (3D) images, now allows a virtual model wearing the company’s original knitwear collection to be viewed within the user’s actual surroundings.

The model can be viewed from all angles, and the intensity and direction of the light source can be adjusted. Screenshots can also be taken of the virtual model in AR mode.

Shima Seiki adds AR mode to VR knitwear app
VR-knit.com allows a virtual model wearing the company’s original knitwear collection to be viewed within the user’s actual surroundings, and a new realistic knit fabric viewer enables original knitwear to be viewed as ultra-realistic virtual samples in full detail

The new realistic knit fabric viewer enables original knitwear to be viewed as ultra-realistic virtual samples in full detail. This is made possible by the quality of knit simulations on the Japanese company’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D system for designing knitwear and the programming of its industrial knitting machines.

VR-knit.com already allows knitwear to be browsed by style and rotated 360 degrees, and with the use of VR goggles, the collection can be enjoyed in 3D. New styles and items are added to VR-knit.com on a regular basis.

“All knitwear featured in VR-knit.com is planned, designed, and simulated using Shima Seiki’s 3D design system. Such digitised knitwear is attracting attention as a tool for advancing IT in the fashion industry.”

Shima Seiki said in a statement announcing the new functionality: “All knitwear featured in VR-knit.com is planned, designed, and simulated using Shima Seiki’s 3D design system. Such digitised knitwear is attracting attention as a tool for advancing IT in the fashion industry.”

“Furthermore, simulation with APEX3 becomes the basis for data to be used for actual programming of dedicated industrial knitting machines (computerised flat knitting machines). Until now, it was common for apps to simply allow for viewing of fashion designs in virtual space. Now, by linking virtual designs to actual production, VR-knit.com presents a production model for IT-based 21st century manufacturing.”

VR-knit.com is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows PCs and Macs.