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Rapid generation of custom avatars using depth cameras

In: Park B-K, Reed MP (2014) Rapid generation of custom avatars using depth cameras. Proc. 3rd International Digital Human Modeling Conference. Tokyo, Japan.

Authors: Byoung-Keon Park, Matthew P. Reed

Recent developments in depth - camera technology have enabled these low - cost tools to be used as body scanners. We present a simple software and hardware system using two Microsoft Kinect sensors that can generate an 3D avatar closely matching the body dimensions of an individual in about 15 seconds including scanning, post - processing and modeling time . A custom calibration of the sensors is used to improve measurement accuracy. A statistical body shape model (SBSM) is used to fit the data, thereby overcoming holes, noise, and other limitations. Pilot testing with eight child subjects shows promising results.

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