3D Whole Body Scans: Measurement Extraction Software Validation 1999-01-1892
Three-dimensional (3D) whole body scanners provide an opportunity for collecting large quantities of precise point data on human forms. However, product designers will likely always need some access to traditional point-to-point dimensional measurements. These measurements can also be obtained from the 3D whole body scanner if appropriate software is developed. This project describes a validation test for a collection of software tools designed to extract traditional dimensions from 3D whole body scans. To validate the software we scanned 123 male and female subjects on a Cyberware WB4 whole body scanner. Subjects were also measured for point-to-point dimensions using traditional instruments. We compared the mean absolute differences between traditional and software measurements to interobserver error data collected in a large traditional anthropometric survey (ANSUR), and to various criteria specific to garment applications. While the extracted measurements were generally acceptable using the garment standards for comparison, the differences were generally larger than ANSUR observer error.