Textile and Apparel Management is one of only a few universities in the nation that has a body scanner for understanding body sizes and fit. The scanner in the Apparel Technology Lab is a Model 2T4s. The scanner is a fully automatic, web-enabled, three-dimensional personal body scanning and measurement system that operates with white light. It has the ability to capture and extract hundreds of precise body measurements in less than eight seconds.
3D body scanning is a revolutionary new technology that is changing many aspects of the apparel industry. With 3D body scanning, hundreds of body measurements can be extracted in less than 10 seconds. This information can be used to create custom clothing, model and create garments for virtual dress, and help research sizing standards for the clothing industry.
[TC]2's 3D Body Measurement System includes a white light-based scanner and proprietary measurement extraction software. The scanner captures hundreds of thousands of data points of an individual's image, and the software automatically extracts dozens of measurements. This measurement information can be used in a number of ways. For apparel purposes, the data can be electronically compared to garment specifications and other data in order to recommend the size individuals should purchase. The measurements can also be used as a basis for made to measure clothing. For the purpose of the US Sizing Survey, the data will be used by our industry to improve garment fit and sizing scales. This technology has tremendous implications for consumers shopping throughout all distribution channels, including brick-and-mortar, catalog, and on-line. [TC]2's scanning process is quick, fun, and generates extremely accurate measurements.
While there are a range of scanning technologies available and in development, the [TC]2 system makes use of a white light phase measurement profilometry (PMP) approach. In more simplistic terms, four stationary sensors that have been positioned at strategic locations in the scanning booth are used to project a pattern of light on the body. Through the projection of light, the sensors are able to capture images from which 3D data points can be determined. This approach is well suited for body measurement because of short acquisition time, accuracy and relatively low cost.
Dr. Karla Simmons, former TAM faculty member, played an instrumental role in using the TAM scanner in the initial phase for the National Sizing Study. Read more about it.
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