Reconfigurable Human Body Surface Scanner for Design of Protective Equipment

Period of Performance: 06/24/1994 - 06/24/1996


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Rose Imaging
1358 Chesterfield Estates Dr.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A state-of-the-art, reconfigurable, optical, 3D scanning system will be designed and developed that will allow sub-second acquisition of human body surface data. New sensor heads (cameras/projectors) will be implemented that support better resolution, accuracy, and speed. These will be interfaced to off-the-shelf frame grabber and other electronics hardware giving a modular, low cost system. Control and processing of the system will be done on a high performance graphics workstation. Surface data collected with this system can be over sampled (viewed by overlapping camera/projector pairs), and arbitrated via calibration and reconstruction software. Multi-resolution data can be collected for different surfaces simultaneously or separately and integrated to provide a comprehensive body surface data set. The expense of collecting anthropometric data will be considerably reduced due to reduction of costly manual methods used presently. 3D surface data of the human body will provide accurate anthropometric measurements useful in the design and evaluation of advanced aircraft and modern personal protective equipment systems. Data obtained with this system is applicable to human factors studies, medical diagnosis and treatment, and industrial product design.