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Robotic mannequin checks how clothes fit

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This diagram shows a mannequin with adjustable hip, waist and chest size, with a camera system to record how the garment looks from different angles. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

Amazon has won yet another patent for a system that would use robotic mannequins to check the fit of garments purchased online – and take selfies showing how the clothes look.

The first patent, issued in January, addresses the robo-selfie part. A patent published on July 4 focuses on the sensor-equipped mannequin, which can be adjusted to fit the shape of the prospective buyer and take pressure readings to determine whether the garment is too loose, too tight or just right.

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By Alan Boyle

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