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Turning 3D Scans into 3D Avatars is the Future of Shopping, Fitness and Video Games

by • March 14, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_3davatars_hpe_logoHewlett Packard Enterprise took to the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, this week to show off their new 3D avatar generation photo booth called the Avatar Platform. Not unlike much like 3D scanning booths, the Avatar Platform uses a closet-sized booth filled with high powered cameras to snap an amazingly detailed 3D image of the man standing within of it. But thanks to a combination of hardware and a few newly created software, this booth produces hyper-detailed 3D avatars that can be utilized to shop for clothing online, put by yourself in the starring role of your favourite video game or navigate the next of the internet mixed with virtual reality spaces.

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Virtual clothing thanks to Physan and their DC Suite software box.

HPE brought together technologies of three various companies to create the Avatar Platform. It all starts a full body scanner created by Doob Group that captures 64 pictures simultaneously thanks to the rings of cameras that line the booth. From that point Quantum Matrix and their Quantum Human software box takes over and produces the fully rendered 3D scan of the client. So the 3D avatar is set to South Korean software manufacturer Physan who created a program called DC Suite to realistically simulate clothing via the manufacturer’s patterns and sizing specifications.

The final 3D version is a life-like 3D representation than can be fully animated and realistically dressed in clothing, that include the way that specific fabrics drape, clings, folds or falls off of every one-of-a-kind 3D body. The obvious use for the Avatar Platform is online clothing retailers who can donate customers with 3D images of their clothing versions that can be tried on by their 3D avatar. With a digital avatar that has the same body proportions, customers can be able-bodied to verify sizing, see how the clothing can appear on their body, match colors and patterns and actually see how specific fabrics appear on their body.

A full 3D body scan.

A full 3D body scan.

Whilst the process of getting customers to 3D scan their body is not precisely bargain-priced, a prototype process costs of $135,000, in an industry where 30% of clothing purchased online is returned, just a 10% reduction may save additional than $36 billion a year. Numbers like that manufacture the Avatar Platform price tag a lot additional palatable-bodied, especially when HPE ponders that with scaling they can drop the cost for every booth down to of $11,100 to $16,650. And while the current innovation requires users to wear tight clothing to gain accurate sizing, HPE is may already working on a way around that limitation.

Of course the ability to generate a realistic 3D avatar can have uses far beyond the world of online shopping. A gym may purchase a scanning booth and use it to accurately track clients’ ongoing fitness progress. It may actually be utilized to track any physical changes created to a customer’s body over time. It may allow them to determine where they require to focus additional efforts, and see how far they have come, that can be an effective tool for maintaining gym progress.

Virtual shopping with a 3D avatar.

Virtual shopping with a 3D avatar.

And naturally a 3D avatar may be tremendously useful for video game and virtual reality manufacturers. Video games may easily use a 3D avatar to allow players to insert themselves directly into the game that they are playing. Many game manufacturers are viewing 3D avatars as a way to create and actually increase player interest. HPE is may already appearing into working with game manufacturers to allow players to switch existing 3D characters in video games with 3D avatars.

Realistic human movements and musculature of a mesh 3D scan via Quantum Human software.

Realistic human movements and musculature of a mesh 3D scan via Quantum Human software.

In a few years when virtual reality is a common way of accessing the internet and digital spaces, the ability to navigate via a realistic 3D avatar may in addition be a way to increase user participation. Actors and politicians may interact virtually with their fans or constituents, and users in a pro settings can conduct realistic business meetings in virtual space. So there is the adult industry, that is may already heavily investing the virtual reality pornography and capturing 3D avatars of famous adult actors.

And despite what you may ponder all of this is far nearer than you can imagine. The process is may already amazingly easy, and swift. The 3D scan takes just seconds, and the 3D avatar can be produced in just of ten minutes. Doob may already has several of its 3D scanning booths in retail locations as diverse as Berlin, Los Angeles and New York where they sell 3D selfies to customers. These booths may easily be converted into Avatar Platform booths. Today customers are charged a little under $40 for a full body 3D scan, HPE hopes to manufacture it a free service by subsidizing the cost to businesses and retailers who may contribute the version of attempting on clothing virtually. Is this a fewthing you may enjoy? Discuss in the HPE 3D Avatar Booth forum over at 3DPB.com.