IDF: A SWEDISH START-UP called Volumental is using Intel's Realsense 3D camera technology to bring 3D body scanning to the retail industry.
The proof of concept software accurately scans parts of the human body with Intel's Realsense 3D depth cameras, which will soon feature on Intel-powered laptops and tablets. Volumental's cloud-based platform will then allow individuals to create products that are tailored to their own bodies, for example, shoes that fit perfectly without the need to try them on before buying.
Unveiled and demoed on stage during a "Mega Session" at the Intel developer Forum (IDF) in California this week, the project is aiming for a future where all production is completely individualised and local.
This will be achieved by allowing any user with a device featuring a Realsense camera to take 3D shots of a body part, such as their own feet, as was demonstrated by Volumental on stage, using image depth measurement to calculate foot size. Users can then send these photos to the cloud in order to work out which size shoes from which companies will provide the best fit.
"You don't have to worry about them not fitting due to accurate 3D body scanning," said Volumental in the session. "Meaning you can order shoes online and know they'll fit."
Volumental added that the 3D scanning provides accuracy within 2mm, so users can easily distinguish between half size of shoes.
Realsense refers to Intel's 3D camera technology, which looks to change how users interact with their machines. Initially unveiled at CES in January, Intel's first generation 3D Realsense integrated camera is designed to be integrated into desktop PCs, tablets and laptops, and will let machines capture and stream HD 1080p images in 3D and use depth of field so that users can use gestures to control on-screen features.
Intel's second generation Realsense is an enhanced imaging device that creates a high-definition depth map to enable measurement, offering refocus and selective filters with the touch of a finger.
Volumental said that the service can be launched this year. Intel predicted that the service can be integrated into mobile phones and laptops within a year, which means that commercial applications targeted at home users will be possible much sooner than previously expected. µ
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