Though the progress in this field was pretty slow, the fiction based technological world is finally coming to life. The autonomous cars are finally on roads, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally ready to form threads of contact between humans and aliens, phones can now be charged just by keeping them close to clothes you wear that use solar energy to do that and so forth. And the day is not far when you will have your clothes and prosthetics custom fitted via 3D scanning and printing. The last premise is now being taken care by a Manhattan-based company called Body Labs.
It is one of the few organizations that has dedicated its’ resources to the development of technology that represents human form digitally in most accurate manner. According to the company, it has developed this technology to “collect, digitize, and organize all of the data and information related to human body’s shape, size, motion, and pose.”
The latest product announced in this respect by the company is called “Red”. It integrates 3D scanning equipment with Body Labs’ AI software. This combination will be used in optimization of several applications related to animation, medicine, custom retail, gaming, and several other pieces of research.
The possibility of turning the human body into a digital platform seems fascinating and can definitely lead to some important discoveries. According to Jon Cilley, the director of marketing at this firm, the development of this technology first took place for solving crimes. The company Body Labs was the fruit of hard work performed by Michael Black at the Brown University. He was actually working on a machine-learning algorithm that could help in enhancing the understanding of human body. As Cilley puts it, “When [Black] was teaching a computer vision course at Brown University, law enforcement came to him and his class to see if they could figure out the size and the shape of a person who was suspected of robbing a convenience store.”
Based on the camera footage the law enforcement department needed a software that could find a human by approximating human forms, shape, stature, and height. Black taught its machine learning algorithm to 3D scan hundreds of human forms through their poses and formulate a statistical structure of human shape. It took him a decade to finally come up with something like this.
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