3dMD Body Scanner Offers 360-Degree Capture

Category: Siggraph
LOS ANGELES — After demonstrating its first full body scanner at SIGGRAPH in 2000, 3dMD brought its latest generation technology to this year’s SIGGRAPH show. While the 3dMDbody System is capable of basic anthropometric shape capture for application in the areas of size and fit for clothing/accessories, ergonomic design, as well as diet and fitness monitoring, the system’s modular approach has enabled it to extend from eight to 22 camera-viewpoint systems with a 1.5 millisecond capture speed.

Specifications include: 360-degree capture of a body from head to toe; fast capture speeds at the highest of resolutions; one continuous point cloud produced from the four or eight stereo camera viewpoints, which eliminates the data errors associated with merging/stitching data sets together; and an option for simultaneous acquisition of geometry and high resolution texture, or geometry only.

The system operates in standard clinic/office lighting conditions and can be assembled and calibrated in less than two hours.

Research institutions such as the Max Planck Institute in Germany are using 3dMD’s modular approach to push the understanding of the human shape past the traditionally scanned standard anthropometric pose.

Using a collection of transportable 3dMDbody Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has implemented a human factors program for digitally capturing the size and shape of US pilots to ergonomically design cockpits of the future. The US Army Natick Soldier Center at Quantico Marine Base is using its 3dMDbody Systems to research and develop a new generation of battlefield vehicles.

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