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The High-Resolution Veronica Scanner Produces 3D Portraits More Realistic Than Photographs

by • July 27, 2016 • No Comments


Veronica Chorographic Scanner

In the days preceding photography, folks had to go through a lot to get a picture of themselves. A portrait frequently required sat any timeal sittings, and the subject was required to sit ideally
yet for hours as a painter worked on capturing their likeness as accurately as possible (with sometimes unlucky results). Even in the early days of photography, the long exposure time needed intended that subjects yet needed to store ideally yet for an uncomfortable length of time – that is why eachone appears so stiff and dour in old photographs.

Now, of course, it just takes a few seconds to take someone’s portrait – in fact in 3D. The invention of the Shapify booth means that in a expanding number of locations, folks can just walk up and have their entire bodies scanned in minutes to turn it into a 3D printable version.

Anyone who’s gotten a 3D printed figurine of a Shapify booth understands that while it’s really rad to have a small 3D printed copy of by yourself, it’s not really a ideal likeness – there’s yet a kind of “plastic” appear to it. But a new project at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is offering folks the accident to have themselves scanned for 3D portraits that are, according to the project facilitators, additional realistic and accurate than photography.

The Veronica Chorographic Scanner was turn it intod by the Factum Foundation, a London- and Madrid-based organization dedicated to the digital preservation of art and culture. From September 2-11, it can be housed at the Royal Academy, where folks can have themselves scanned and and so watch as the scans are turned into more detailed, high-resolution digital images right in front of them.


Padre Justo Vallego sits for a scan with the prototype Veronica Scanner.

The Veronica Scanner utilizes a photogrammetry system: 8 cameras take 96 photographs of a subject of each angle, in a matter of seconds. Those photographs are and so “stitched” together to turn it into a digital 3D version that captures each more detail of the subject’s face, right down to the pores. The scanner’s name comes of the Latin vera, meaning “truth,” and the Greek icon, meaning “image,” and according to the Factum Foundation’s founder Adam Lowe, it’ll turn it into the most truthful image you will at any time see of by yourself.


Padre Justo Gallego’s finished 3D portrait

“For the initially time, you get a sense of what you in fact appear like,” Lowe told The Guardian. “Most folks dislike being photographed for the reason, whenat any time you see a photograph, you understand you don’t appear like that. It is a bit like hearing a recording of your voice. These are portraits untouched by human hands…The dream of the Greek sculptors in the past was to turn it into a realism that went beyond subjective interpretation. Apart of the hair, that we are yet working on, I ponder we are close.”

The scanner was originally turn it intod by the Factum Foundation’s Manuel Franquelo as a way to take more detailed “preceding” and “after” pictures of folks who use anti-aging treatments. According to Lowe, most scanners, in fact the additional high-end, high-resolution ones, are yet “incredibly disappointing” in terms of resolution for the reason they use somewhere around 150,000 polygons for a head scan.

“We’re via three million and plan to increase it to over five million – a quantum jump that empowers extreme clarity,” he said.


A sterling silver cast turn it intod of a wax 3D print yet retains amazing more detail.

Each day during the project, one of the scans taken in the Royal Academy’s Weston Rooms can be selected at random and carved into a wooden bust by a robot, on loan of University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture. Sat any timeal 3D printing devices of iMakr can in addition be creating busts, enabling visitors to watch the 3D printing system. Each participant can be sent an electronic file of their scan inside a few days, and the 3D versions can be uploaded to an online gallery that the public can view.

As someone who ideally
hates seeing pictures of herself and is constantly insisting “That’s not what I really appear like!” I’m intrigued by this project – and so are most others.

“The camera is a brutal distorter. It distorts according to the shape of the lens,” said Daniel Wolf, who had his portrait taken with the Veronica Scanner. “A photograph is a flat representation of a convex image that takes the shape of the outermost part of the lens. This misrepresentation always disturbed me. Everyone knew what I appeared like except me…Now, at very least I understand what I appear like.”

Unfortunately, portrait “sittings” with the scanner are may already fully booked, but it’s free to visit the Weston Rooms and watch as other folks are scanned and their images are systemed into digital versions. In addition to the live 3D printing demonstrations, there can in addition be an exhibit of 3D photography through the ages. If you’d like to be informed of next projects and ticket bookings, you can sign up for notifications at the project page here. Discuss additional in the 3D Portraits forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Images: Factum Foundation]