Is LifeSizer right for my site and products?

Not at all. We’ve designed LifeSizer to be easily integrated into new or existing sites. See this page for simple step by step instructions and video tutorials.

If you’re shopping for a ring online, would you want to see pictures of it? Even though you probably have a pretty good idea of what a ring looks like, I’m sure you’d benefit from seeing pictures. Same holds true for size. You would think that shoppers would be pretty familiar with the size of a ring since, in general, you can kind of guess at how large or small it really is from the pictures. However, up to 90% of customer complaints for online jewelers can be from the jewelry not meeting the customers’ size expectations.


Even if your customers are familiar with physical dimension specifications, there is still a lot you can do with LifeSizer to improve their shopping experience. As a simple example, you can add a ring sizer to your site, so that your customers can figure out the exact ring size they need to order. Same can hold true for shoes, replacement parts, etc. Bottom-line: allowing your shoppers to view the items in life size, reduces uncertainty and makes it more likely they will become customers.

It’s amazing to say after 15 years of the web, but unfortunately, this has been the “state of the art” for communicating size in images on the web. More recently, sites have been adding pictures of models or mannequins wearing earrings, for example. This is definitely better than nothing. LifeSizer is on a different level completely.

There are numerous reasons:

  • If you want to include a coin, ruler, hand, mannequin, etc., you won’t be able to use the manufacturers images and will need to take you own.
  • Creating an image while including a penny or quarter, is difficult to do without the image looking non-professional.
  • You can’t determine ring size, or hold up your existing item to determine if this is the same size.
  • What about different size options (e.g. small, medium, large) and different colors? Are you going to take different pictures of each item just so you can show a coin next to it? No need with LifeSizer, one image can be calibrated for different sizes.
  • What about international customers that don’t know how big a penny or quarter are? Are you going to take different images with pence, pennies, yen, etc? Or better yet, include all of those in one image ;)
  • You really want that coin in your image? OK, OK, with LifeSizer, your customers can just click a button to add an image of a coin next to the product they are viewing (coming soon!).

Ask 4 people to indicate how big 3 1/2 inches is and you’ll likely get 4 different responses. To most people, dimensions expressed in numbers mean very little, if they pay attention to them at all. A picture in actual size is worth a thousand words, and also allows people to easily compare size with other products they already own.

A product that in its actual size is bigger than a computer screen can still be displayed in the LifeSizer viewer. By default, the image will be displayed in life-size, but the product will only be partially visible on the screen. The user can view the entire image in life-size by clicking and dragging it around using the mouse. Alternatively, the image can be zoomed out (using the zoom slider or mouse) so that the entire product fits within the screen.

Yes! LifeSizer’s image viewer allows for zooming as well. So while viewing a very small item in actual life size may be too small to be helpful, your customers can see the images in life size and/or zoom in to see the detail. Additionally, we have virtual rulers and grids that can be overlayed on the image so your customers can measure the finest details of small objects once zoomed in. For example, your customers could zoom in on a jewelry bead to measure the hole to determine whether it will fit on a certain cord.

Many of our customers have thousands of images and some even have 100s of thousands. We have several options available to help you LifeSizer your existing catalogue. See this page for more details.


Using LifeSizer On Your Site

No developer needed! We have options that are as easy as adding Google Analytics, or in the near future, installing an extension in Magento or WordPress. See this page for simple step by step instructions and video tutorials.

It’s really easy. All you have to do is draw an arrow from one side of product to the other indicate how long the arrow is. Watch this quick video to see how easy it is. If you have 100s or even 100 of thousands of products, we can easily integrate into your existing workflow and may be able to fully automate the image calibration step.  Please contact us for more details.  But don’t just take our word for it, create an account and see for yourself.

Many of our customers have thousands of images and some even have 100s of thousands. We have several options available to help you LifeSizer your existing catalogue. See this page for more details.

Don’t even worry, we guarantee it’s worth it and you have 30 days to try it risk free! Our tiered pricing allows us to be able to accommodate sites of all sizes. We have a free account that allows small sites to display a few of their images in life size. For larger sites, we offer subscription tiers which are based on the number of items that will be displayed in life size and the number of times the images are viewed. Please see our Pricing Page for details.

The standard (or default) integration adds a small icon to your images to indicate that they can be viewed in actual life size by clicking. But we know every site is different, so we allow you to easily customize how LifeSizer looks and functions on your site. For example, here are just a few of the ways you can feature LifeSizer on your site:

  • Icon on Images and Pop-up Viewer. LifeSizer images display a View in Life Size icon and once clicked will open in the LifeSizer pop-up (which offers zoom/pan, and virtual ruler and grid functionality). This is the default integration.
  • “View with LifeSizer” button. Add a “View with LifeSizer” button below your images or on your product pages. Once this button is clicked the LifeSizer image for that product will open in the LifeSizer pop-up.
  • Lightbox viewer. We are currently working on a lightbox viewer that you can use instead of the popup viewer, it will be available soon.
  • Custom. If you have specific needs that aren’t met from the above options, please contact us.

The short answer is, no. The longer answer is, not yet. We are currently developing a means to easily customize the color schemes, button styles and other UI elements.

You can have LifeSizer on your site in minutes. We’ve built LifeSizer to integrate easily into any site while providing you with the flexibility to integrate in the way that is best for you. Here are the options:

Widget (super easy, no coding required)

  • What is it: Add a LifeSizer widget to your site so your visitors can view a particular product in actual life size. This is similar to embedding a YouTube video.
  • When to use it: If you don’t have a lot of images to add or just want to feature a product in actual life size for a particular blog post, etc.
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Simple HTML Link or Button (super easy, no coding required)

  • What is it: Add a LifeSizer button or link on your site. You visitors can click the button or link to view a particular product in actual life size.  Upon click, they will be taken to LifeSizer.com to view the image in actual life size.
  • When to use it: If you don’t have a lot of images to add or just want to feature a product in actual life size for a particular blog post, etc. This can also be helpful if your page layout can’t accommodate the Widget or if you are restricted from adding iFrames, which the Widget uses.
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Automatic Integration (easy, may require some light coding)

  • What is it: This option provides an ideal user experience, by integrating seamlessly with your existing site. It allows your visitors to view any of your images that have been calibrated for LifeSizer display. Your site visitors will now see the LifeSizer icon overlay on the image letting them know they can view the product in actual life size by clicking on it. Integrates easily with your existing site and product pages.
  • When to use it: When you want to display many or all of your products in actual life size. If you have a large number of products that you want to display in life size, you may want to also consider using our Work Flow integration option.
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In the online community there is a long standing joke about the “online ruler problem”.  How can it be that we can solve incredibly complex technical problems that allow sites to scale to millions of users across the globe, but we can’t show a ruler in actual size on a screen.  Well, we’re happy to say that LifeSizer has finally solved this problem!

LifeSizer allows sites to display images or products (including an online ruler) in actual life size by determining and reconciling the physical dimension data and digital resolution data of two different elements:

  1. The physical dimension of an object within an image.  This is determined by using your mouse to draw an arrow on the product in the image (e.g., along the length or width) and indicating how long the arrow is.  This is used in conjunction with the digital resolution data inherent in all digital pictures (e.g., 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels tall) to then calculate the actual life size pixels per inch for that image.
  2. The physical dimensions of the screen on which the image will be displayed.  This is determined automatically for some mobile devices and Mac computers but for most computers this requires input from the user.  However, most users don’t know the physical dimensions of their screen (e.g., 13.3” inches diagonal) so LifeSizer uses a simple methodology that allows users to determine their physical display dimensions using nothing more than a commonly available real-world item (e.g. a CD/DVD, ruler, dollar bill, credit card, etc.).  By zooming in or out on an image of a CD on the screen until it is the same size as the one they are holding up to their screen, we can determine the Pixels Per Inch of their display.  This PPI is then used in conjunction with the digital resolution data available inherent in all computer screens (e.g., 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall) to then calculate the actual life size dimensions for that display (e.g., X inches wide by Y inches tall.

With these two data points (pixels per physical inch of an image and PPI of a screen) LifeSizer is able to scale the image to display a product in its actual life size.

Most likely, yes. Our integration should work with almost any website hosted on any platform. We are working on plugins for various commonly used platforms but LifeSizer should be able to integrate with everything from a simple WordPress site to a large custom-built e-commerce store. If you are not sure how to integrate LifeSizer with your site, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

Yes, LifeSizer.com will automatically detect iPads and iPhones and will display images in actual size with no screen calibration required. Mobile devices have excellent screens for viewing Life-size images of smaller items such as jewelry. We have developed a separate LifeSizer viewer specifically for mobile devices and tablets. Besides iPhone and iPads, this viewer will soon also be able to support Android devices and other mobile browsers.


Using LifeSizer

In the online community there is a long standing joke about the “online ruler problem”.  How can it be that we can solve incredibly complex technical problems that allow sites to scale to millions of users across the globe, but we can’t show a ruler in actual size on a screen.  Well, we’re happy to say that LifeSizer has finally solved this problem!

LifeSizer allows sites to display images or products (including an online ruler) in actual life size by determining and reconciling the physical dimension data and digital resolution data of two different elements:

  1. The physical dimension of an object within an image.  This is determined by using your mouse to draw an arrow on the product in the image (e.g., along the length or width) and indicating how long the arrow is.  This is used in conjunction with the digital resolution data inherent in all digital pictures (e.g., 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels tall) to then calculate the actual life size pixels per inch for that image.
  2. The physical dimensions of the screen on which the image will be displayed.  This is determined automatically for some mobile devices and Mac computers but for most computers this requires input from the user.  However, most users don’t know the physical dimensions of their screen (e.g., 13.3” inches diagonal) so LifeSizer uses a simple methodology that allows users to determine their physical display dimensions using nothing more than a commonly available real-world item (e.g. a CD/DVD, ruler, dollar bill, credit card, etc.).  By zooming in or out on an image of a CD on the screen until it is the same size as the one they are holding up to their screen, we can determine the Pixels Per Inch of their display.  This PPI is then used in conjunction with the digital resolution data available inherent in all computer screens (e.g., 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall) to then calculate the actual life size dimensions for that display (e.g., X inches wide by Y inches tall.

With these two data points (pixels per physical inch of an image and PPI of a screen) LifeSizer is able to scale the image to display a product in its actual life size.

No, you only need to do this once (and likely never on Mac systems). After your screen size is determined, it will be saved (anonymously) in your web browser. You won’t need to do this again unless you use a different browser or a different screen.