The idea was to develop a concept of photo taking booth/kiosk with enhanced feature into a retail outlet environment which will be mobile application enabled. The Fashion/styling industry and social media are the key areas where the client targeted to serve the customer with different user experience. This would not only enhance the retail industry customer experience, it will also allow to an extent to get personalized inputs through social media for user to get the review and make the selection process with different arena of experiences. Softnotions saw this requirement as an innovation to the industry and it also serves as complete “one-stop-shop” for all service needs to global standards.
Analysis of Alternative
The Photo Booth which will have a MS Kinect camera with protective shell will be located in retail clothing outlets. The booth will consist of a self contained kiosk approximately 30″ wide x 72″ high and 18″ deep with 42″ LCD screen monitor, Windows 7 computer, keyboard and mouse. The Kiosk can be positioned in existing dressing rooms or we can provide a portable dressing room enclosure for the kiosk. The photo system would take pictures of customers while wearing the articles of clothing; eliminate the dressing room background from the picture and place them into any of the standard backgrounds provided in the system. This would give the consumer a real sense of how that article of clothing would look on them in a real setting or situation.
Softnotions proposed a solution that has the following applications:
Photo booth – The Photo booth referred here is the Kiosk located in the retail clothing environment which is enabled with a Kinect Camera and shall have the specification as mentioned in the requirement document
Smart Phone App – This refers to the smart phone application, we planned to develop as a part of this project, which shall be an integral part of the solution. The Mobile application includes android and iPhone application as in the initial stage.
Website – This refers to the Web portal application which encapsulates all the information required for this project and serves beyond a website.
The purpose behind having an Android application was to allow users to access account information and gallery of pictures, that is, merged images only. This allows users to manage their profile at anytime, anywhere.
The mobile application for Android operating systems will have the following major functionalities:
Allow Customers to create “Private/public backgrounds”.
Allow Customers to manage their booth photos.
Allow Users to rate their own images.
Allow Customers to push photos to Social Media sites.
Allow users to create their love list of images.
The following solution was proposed to the client for implementation of the concept
Photo booth application
The Photo booth referred here is the Kiosk application. This will be located in the retail clothing environment which is enabled with a Kinect Camera and shall have the specification as mentioned in the requirement document. This application will allow users to merge their pictures against backgrounds, and push these images to social media and email. It communicates with the server using the web services.
Smart Phone App
This refers to the smart phone application; we planned to develop as a part of this project, which shall be an integral part of the solution. The Mobile application includes android and iPhone applications. It uses the communication used by the kiosk application. From here to the user can take any merged images from their gallery and share it to social media or email.
This refers to the Web portal application which encapsulates all the information required for this project and serves beyond a website.