A startup developed an easy to use and fast 3D scanner for humans. The futuristic 3D photo studio from 3D Elements ships now.
The 3D scanning market is expanding fast as video games and virtual reality want to bring the reality into the virtual worlds. Japanese video game maker Hideo Kojima scanned Walking Dead's Norman Reedus for his mysterious Death Stranding. High quality 3D scanning of people is expensive. An Austrian startup, 3D Elements, has just released a 3D Photo studio at an reasonable price.
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For 69,000 Euro ($76,300) you can own a 3D people scanner. The Dagubert system is a fully automated 3D photo studio can be used anywhere by anyone. Due to its mobility it may be used at events, festivals or outdoors. The 3D data can be used to 3D print little clones of people or used in online fashion stores for fitting.
The data could also be used to inject 3D copies of people into virtual worlds.
The 3D data is captured by 150 5MP cameras inside the booth. Standing inside is pretty spacey. You just want to say: "Beam me up, Scotty." The cameras take two sets of photos. The first one captures the textures and the other snap that happens within 10ms captures the shape. The 3D Elements devised a solution using invisible light that is projected onto the person to capture the shape.
According to a 3D Elements spokesperson, competing 3D scanners have a long gap between capturing the texture and the shape, requiring the person to remain absolutely motionless during the scanning process.
The captured 3D data is be transmitted electronically to the 3D Elements headquarters for processing. The company developed special algorithms to extract the 3D information from the photos the 150 cameras took from the person.
The 3D Elements Dagubert 3D photo studio could become a common attraction at a mall. The company is right now focusing on working with online fashion retailers. The idea is to cut the returns by using a 3D model to try on clothes in a virtual fitting room. The 3D model contains the exact measurements of the customer and the online store can automatically match the right size clothing.
More details on the 3D Elements site.
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A similar full body scanner is on the market from Twindom. The Twidom 3D Scanner solution is focused on 3D printing clones of people and pets and 3D scanning booth from Twindom are rolled out in 10 countries.