Unlimited future market for 3D human scanning technologyRelease time: 2015-05-21 10:22
Eric Rachin, Michelal Black, Bill O'Farrell, and Alex Weiss founded Body Labs, a company engaged in 3D body scanning. At the time, the difficulties they faced were not technical. Micheal Black is a professor of computer vision, and O'Farrell once founded an image processing company (the company's post-effect software was sold to Adobe). However, there was little market demand for 3D body scanning at the time.
In the next few years, the 3D technology ecosystem has gradually formed, and major technology companies have invested in it. At the same time, biometrics has become a popular object of people. In 2013, Occipital's portable 3D scanner, Structure Sensor, achieved its financing goal in one day. On Kickstarter, the project raised more than 1200% of the original plan, which proves people's passion for 3D scanning technology.
Currently, Body Labs' largest customer is the U.S. military. The military's use of 3D scanning is aimed at improving uniforms and protective clothing. However, Body Labs is also preparing to enter the consumer market. It is developing software to process 3D pictures of human bodies scanned by mobile phones, tablets or laptops. People can upload these to the company's cloud Bodyhub. Bill O'Farrel says that 3D scanning is not difficult, and the real difficulty is finding out what it does. "We have confidence in our technology, training and patents. We will stay ahead of the curve," O'Farrel said in an interview with the Fastcompany website.
At the beginning, the data collected by Body Labs will not be open, but in the future, the company will provide APIs to allow third-party companies to build their own software based on the data. For example, a person with a BodyHub account can share the data with a personal trainer and let them know how his body changes. In addition to fitness, 3D body scanning can also be used in the apparel industry. Online clothing retailer Woodies has started using Body Labs technology to provide shoppers with more fitted clothes.
This technology can also be used in the entertainment industry. Rachlin believes that 3D scanning can change the character creation in the game, allowing players to scan their 3D images into the game. At the same time, it can also improve the character creation in the game. With accurate scanning and motion simulation software, animators will directly manipulate the 3D scanned human body. This is a faster and cheaper method than motion capture.
In the future, Body Labs will have a lot of data. Does it worry about hacking? O'Farrell said, "We recognize the need for security because you have a lot of biometric data, just like any sensitive data. Can we be hacked? Surely. If the Pentagon can We are the same, ”he said.“ We know this very well. However, the value of this data is not the same as the bank account number. ”
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