Acquisition and modeling of human body form data

Henry Fuchs, Joe W. Duran, Brian W. Johnson, Zvi M. Kedem

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We describe some of our recent work on the computer-assisted acquisition, interaction, manipulation and display of three-dimensional data in general, and the human body form in particular. The work encompasses four distinct areas: 1) the automatic acquisition of 3-D surface points using a light-scanning technique, 2) the automatic construction of mathematical surface descriptions from point-contour data, 3) interaction and manipulation of 3-D data with multiple hand-mounted sensors, and 4) real-time stereo display of computer-synthetized continuous-tone images on special head-mounted display devices. We present some of our preliminary results in each of these areas and outline how they will be combined into a single comprehensive system. This system we expect will significantly enhance the computer's capabilities to assist in working with complex three-dimensional structures such as human bodies. As a simple example, we expect the system should be able to automatically digitize a human model, and within a few minutes generate a three-space approximating surface conforming to the human model's surface. Another person, wearing a helmet-like display device, will see through his helmet's visor not only the human model, but also the computer-generated approximating surface superimposed on it. As this human viewer moves around the model, the computer-generated surface will appear to stay on the model, and he'll be able to reach out and modify any portion of it or indicate that the digitizing system should re-scan parts of the surface whose approximation he deems unsatisfactory. Other applications of the system — for diagnostic medicine, architecture, and molecular modeling — will also be suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 29 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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