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Testing out Bodymetrics, a high-tech way to get the perfect fitting jeans

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Great fitting jeans can make legs look longer and bottoms look hotter. Plus, you can wear them any wear. But finding that perfect pair is like Mission Impossible.

It's something Colleen, Jessica, Leslie and Aparna understand well.

"A lot of these jeans are cut where I can't even fit them over my legs," says Colleen Ryan.

"My problem is height and lack of booty," Jessica White comments.

We followed four fabulous women to Nordstroms where they wove through racks and tables covered with denim in every color, texture and cut imaginable. Whether its skinny leg or boot cut, the choices can be overwhelming.

"It's a painful experience," Leslie Jones says about the jeans shopping process.

The biggest challenge is that the typical department store has dozens of brands and hundreds of styles and sizes. Studies show women try on at least eleven to twenty of those before they find the one.

Aparna Shah says it takes her "like two hours to shop for jeans."

But, if you want to avoid those blue jean blues when shopping, there's good news--technology is on the way. It's called Bodymetrics and is based on the same components used in Xbox games. It's something inventor Suran Goonitalake says will guarantee a perfect fit.

"The feedback is great and people are using it at a very high rate," Goonitalake explains. "We've tested this technology and we have a three year track record."

Here's how it works. You step into an enclosed pod, where in a matter of seconds, 16 sensors circle and scan your body. Hundreds of measurements are taken from the waist to the ankle, which are then used to create your 3-D image. Then, it searches for a short list of jeans that will fit like a glove.

"They feel amazing on, super comfortable," said one female tester.

Soon, you can expect a personal version that attaches to your Xbox.

"The question is, are they gonna feel comfortable enough to get in their underwear or a leotard and get their body scanned and see the cold hard reality of what their body looks like on a machine?" asks Chicago Sun-Times Splash Editor, Susanna Negovan. "But, I think there are people for whom the perfect pair of jeans is this illusive thing and they don't want to try on a million pairs and they will probably love the opportunity to have a machine help tell them the perfect pair."

Eventually, each of our ladies found a great pair of jeans after trying on a rather large pile. They said they would prefer to use a scanner for future shopping.

"It would be so helpful to have something to tell me what brand to buy, what size," said Aparna Shah.

"Do a little spin and they tell you exactly what you need…I would love that for more than jeans," said Jessica White.

And, more is exactly what you'll get. Next up are plans to create scans for the dreaded swimsuit.

If you are wondering about the cost, it's free because retailers are betting that being scanned will lead to more sales, especially when shopping online.

The first Bodymetric pods have already been installed in Palo Alto, California and London with more units expected in the United States next year including Chicago. The home unit that attaches to your Xbox will also be available next year.

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