Comparison of Body Measuring Techniques: Whole Body Scanner, Handheld Scanner, and Tape Measure

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2017-01-01
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Xia, Sibei
Guo, Siming
Li, Jiayin
Istook, Cynthia
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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Whole body scanners and manual measuring techniques are used in the apparel industry to collect body measurement data. Researchers have been seeking alternatives due to the high cost of the whole body scanner and labor intensiveness of the manual measuring method. Handheld scanners have been studied recently as replacements of other methods, but most of the results were unsatisfactory. The Structure Sensor is a handheld scanner developed by Occipital and has been branded as the first 3D sensor for mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad. This research focused on comparing the performance of the Structure Sensor to other techniques to see whether it could be used as a substitute for them or not. Measurements were collected and compared. It was found that the Structure Sensor could be used to collect body measurements data with low accuracy if corresponding measurement extraction software was developed.

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