Shima Seiki, a Japanese leading computerised flat knitting technologist, has launched a major update to its existing smart device app VR-knit.com. This latest feature includes AR mode and ultra-realistic knit fabric viewer, enabling a rich virtual knit experience.
The app VR-knit.com, initially launched in November 2017, showcases Shima Seiki’s original knit collection as 3D images in virtual space. These collections can be browsed by trend theme and can be rotated 360 degree for a better and clear view.
The Virtual capabilities of the app let the user have a 3D view of the collection using VR goggles. “Traditionally, fashion trend collections involved prototype samples designed and produced each season worn by models at fashion events. With VR-knit.com, collections can be viewed anytime, anywhere, without limitations in time, place or opportunity,” explained Shima Seiki.
The knitwear collections featured in the app are planned, designed and simulated using the company’s SDS-ONE APEX3, design system.
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.
The AR (augmented reality) feature lets the users view the Shima Seiki original knitwear within the user’s actual surrounding, giving a real world presentation of virtual knitwear.
The model can be viewed from all the angles, and intensity and direction of the light source can be adjusted as well. All this is possible by the extremely high quality of knit simulation on SDS-ONE APEX3.
Moreover, the users can also take screen-shots of the virtual model in AR mode.