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Digitization of the human body in the present-day economy
Author(s): Nicola D'Apuzzo
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on the historic development of human body digitization and on the actual state of commercially available technology. Complete systems for the digitization of the human body exist since more than ten years. One of the main users of this technology was the entertainment industry. Every new movie excited with attractive visual effects, but only few people knew that the most thrilling cuts were realized by using virtual persons. The faces and bodies of actors were digitized and the "virtual twin" replaced the actor in the movie. Nowadays, the state of the human body digitization is so high that it is not possible any more to distinguish the real actor from the virtual one. Indeed, for the rush technical development has to be thanked the movie industry, which was one of the strong economic motors for this technology. Today, with the possibility of a massive cost reduction given by new technologies, methods for digitization of the human body are used also in other fields of application, such as ergonomics, medical applications, computer games, biometry and anthropometrics. With the time, this technology becomes interesting also for sport, fitness, fashion and beauty. A large expansion of human body digitization is expected in the near future. To date, different technologies are used commercially for the measurement of the human body. They can be divided into three distinguished groups:laser-scanning, projection of light patterns, combination modeling and image processing. The different solutions have strengths and weaknesses that profile their suitability for specific applications. This paper gives an overview of their differences and characteristics and expresses clues for the selection of the adequate method. Practical examples of commercial exploitation of human body digitization are also presented and new interesting perspectives are introduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5665, Videometrics VIII, 56650Q (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.581305
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Nicola D'Apuzzo, Homometrica Consulting (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5665:
Videometrics VIII
J.-Angelo Beraldin; Sabry F. El-Hakim; Armin Gruen; James S. Walton, Editor(s)

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