To create the a digital human you need to have every aspect of the character as real as possible and this requires several software’s to archive the best quality. Every part of the human should trick people into thinking its real that’s everything from the eyes to the clothes, and there’s a software for each.
DAZ 3D which is optimised for creating humans and is totally free. DAZ 3D provides a range of powerful morphing capabilities which enables you to get the perfect body shape for your digital human. DAZ will also deliver incredible detail when it comes to mouth, teeth, hands, feet, chest and neck textures bringing your character more to life.
For your digital humans clothing your going to need a specialist software for that too. This software is essential if you want the realist clothing movements and textures. CLO 3D offers Modular design and 3D real-time simulations to speed up your workflow. The software also takes in a array of data from the real fabric and from such data figures out the resistance, bend, thickness and weight which is all used to simulate movement and aesthetics of the piece on a model. (the software also offers many more features but these are most relevant to our digital humans)
Maya LT is the game engine optimised version of Maya which will provide 99% of the tools needed for less. The models from DAZE 3D and CLO then have to be exported into Maya where your able to do more modelling and possibly some clean up before creating light maps and exporting once again into Unreal Engine. (You would also do any desired animation within Maya before exporting although its also possible to do this in Unreal Engine with the use of Livelink) The reason Maya LT is used as a “middle man” software is due to its support for Unreal Engine and direct export features, the other two software’s don’t have support for the Unreal Engine unlike Maya LT.
To finish you would export your digital human to Unreal Engine and finish any last details there with its realtime renders and Ray tracing lighting to provide the quickest finish for your digital human. Unreal Engine would also be the place you put your set and create your cinematic of the new virtual character.
Virtual reality and mixed reality production offers the fashion industry total freedom and provides the industry with a chance to display their creativity and artistic vision on a new level previously unavailable.
Businesses interested in transforming the fashion industry with technology should get themselves down to the fashion district innovation challenge prize 2019 launch event that happens the 30th of July 2019 at 6pm to 8:30pm down at Westfield Avenue Stratford. This year the challenge will focus on “retail futures” Sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, this year’s challenge welcomes applications from fashion and retail tech start-ups and SMEs who believe that their business has the potential to revolutionise any part of the retail supply chain and change the way we shop in the future. These could include robotics and automation, artificial intelligence solutions, internet-of-things, augmented/virtual reality, technologies that converge digital and physical shopping or enhance customer experience.
Lets take a look what could be on show:
The market of virtual models is growing with influencers like Shudu and Lil Miquela which both have hundreds of thousands of followers. These Virtual models now work with brands to promote products and model for their campaigns with the perfect look. With Spark CGI casting their virtual model into Lipps LA a top US modelling agency last week it shows just how serious these models are being taken and how they could be the new wave of models for there obvious benefits.
Imagine a virtual model where you can edit hair colour, freckles, eye colour, literally anything and in record times the real-time fashion models can be customized in seconds with a couple clicks. Virtual models could really disrupt the entire modelling industry with the ability to create the perfect model for your brand and not casting for a close fit. Although this disruption isn’t happening this week, but it isn’t far away 3D humans keep improving and its only a matter of time until their pixel perfect and threatening the most beautiful of humans.
The innovation of fashion shows
The fashion industry runways are the perfect sector for virtual transformation. With the ability to create a runway show that anyone can attend from anywhere through the use of a headset.The hole experience of a fashion show can be changed with the use of virtual reality and augmented reality production. The show can become a simple room with chairs and VR headsets seemingly stark, but place the headset on and be transferred into a other worldly setting inside the mind of the Creative Director, with models showcasing the newest couture. Another beauty of this virtual show is anyone can join the show from anywhere, the show isn’t restricted to Milan or Paris fashion week its everywhere at once. Virtual models are just the wedge in the door to much more.