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Three Major Categories of 3D Body Scanners

1. 3D scanning kiosks and home 3D body scanners


3D body scanning kiosks are stationary cabins or kiosks, usually with scanners, sensors, or DSLR cameras (or all three) around the interior, ensuring that the human body is captured from all angles. One or more models stand in the center of the pavilion, holding one pose, while scanners prepare and run the system in the background.


Depending on the hardware and software installed in the kiosk, the entire process may only take a few seconds, allowing the scanned subject to maintain the same posture without moving or blinking. The finished product scanned in the kiosk is a full-color 3D model, which can be printed with materials such as sandstone from a 3D printing shop.


Examples of 3D body capture systems also include 3D scanning mirrors, 3D fitting rooms, and home scanning kits. These devices often use multiple 3D imaging technologies; these technologies are integrated into mirrors or brackets that can be rotated around the human body standing on a platform (maybe a scale) Rotate while a stationary scanner takes 3D snapshots of the body.


The finished product of this type of scanner is not only a human body model (often without texture), but a series of 3D measurement data and parameters extracted by this 3D scanner. Typically, such systems are used in sports and fitness to record body shape changes during fitness and diet classes, and also for clothing brands to capture body measurements to customize personalised clothing.


2. Handheld 3D body scanner


These types of body 3D scanners have been around for a long time, and unlike 3D scanning booths that capture the whole body, these scanners can be used for delicate capture of individual body parts or limbs. This type of device is more flexible and more portable, allowing the hand-held device to scan around the scanned object. The effect is also more accurate than that of the scanning kiosk.


Once scanned, the finished 3D model, colored or untextured, is often exported to professional 3D software for further processing, such as custom prosthetics, orthotics, jewelry or personalized accessories such as glasses.


3. Mobile 3D body scanner application


Such applications use smartphone cameras, 3D sensors integrated into smartphones and tablets, and AI algorithms to obtain anthropometric data based on a few photos.


The target customers for such applications are often end users who do not have access to high-end body scanners, providing them with key metrics to monitor their body shape, or to optimize the online shopping experience and choose the right clothing for themselves.