Avatars For Weight Management and Exercise Update
One of my most popular posts on this blog from 2008 is titled: Avatars For Weight Loss and Exercise. Since the subject is something that interests many, I thought I would update the subject for you based on updates/changes in technology.
You have to try this BMI visualizer – it is really neat!
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. This BMI visualizer is an outgrowth of our research on human body shape modeling, statistics, and perception. It uses a statistical model of human body shape created from thousands of detailed laser range scans of human bodies. From these bodies we analyze how human shape varies with age, weight, gender, etc. to create a mathematical model of body shape variability.
If you want to see how body shape is related to Body Mass Index visit their BMI Visualizer: Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure calculated using your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have.
Pennington Biomedical Research Weight Loss Predictor
You input your age, height and weight and then set the bar to the number of calories you decrease per day and you see how much weight you can lose without exercise in a year. Link to Dieting vs. Exercise for Weight Loss by Gretchen Reynolds.
[TC]2: Turning Research into Reality
- Health/medical and fitness management
- Body shape and body composition (body fat) analysis tools.
- More information [including pricing for the KX-16] is on this previous blog post titled,“[TC]2 , Textile Clothing technology Corporation: 3D Body Scanning Technologies.”
TC2 Image Twin Single Windows Kinect Body Scanner Accurate human avatars for all applications including size selection advice, virtual fashion and weight loss visualization. Retail uses for Kinect – to create your own personal avatar including face for size selection, virtual fashion [try-on], and weight loss simulation end uses for home, Web-based, retail or smart phone use.
What smart phone applications can you use the KX-16 full body scanner or the [TC]2 Image Twin Single Windows Kinect Body Scanner with?
One of the unique and best features about this Image Twin mobile browser weight loss system is that the user can either input manual measurements, upload a body shape scan from a home based Single Windows Kinect set-up, or upload your actual bodyscanner data from your own scanner or from a registered partner scanner!
Here is a link to [TC]2′s virtual fashion and size suggestion and mobile browser weight loss main Web page. They have a generic demo version posted to give you an idea of how this application can work. They have two links to connect it to mobile smart phone devices. Here is the mobile link for the Mobile Browser Weight Loss.
The animated gif above will give you an idea what the Mobile Browser Weight Loss looks like in a mobile device. You can select the body tab and either manually enter data specifying height, weight, age or you can upload data from a home based Kinect station or from a body scanner. Once your weight is entered you can select hairstyles, faces features [yes you can upload your own face].
More [TC]2 product and services information is on previous post titled, “[TC]2 , Textile Clothing technology Corporation: 3D Body Scanning Technologies“.
MVM: Online Avatar Weight Simulation
My Virtual Model [MVM] has developed a Weight Loss Simulator using a generic avatar that is still very popular with users. Since my last post, I have conducted some Web research and noticed that a large number of Web users were having difficulty locating it, or if they did locate it they could only locate the female version and were not able to personalize it.
Judging by some of the post comments I have discovered it seems to be a very inspirational visual tool for many people on the Web that are struggling with weight management issues.
Currently The MVM Weight Loss Simulator for men and women can be accessed via the MVM site here:
Click on the Personalize to adjust your skin color, hair, age, body shape, etc According to Gregory Saumier-Finch from My Virtual Model, “MVM is licensing the weight loss simulator to sites that promote weight loss. It has a proven track record to double traffic, to increase sales, and email contacts as well.” Here is a link to a recent post MVM: My Virtual Model Update.
I noticed from my Web research that some were using the OptiTex personal model as a weight management tool, measurements are metric.
There have been recent articles published illustrating the positive effects of using either a generic avatars or an avatar customized to represent us as an exercise partner. Weight management is such a struggle and technology has no doubt contributed to the rise of obesity, so if technology can motivate exercise – that’s a good thing.
Using Generic Avatars
Here is a link to an article to refer to about using generic avatars for exercise partners or representations of ourselves is an area of your interest:
- Need workout motivation? Try a virtual partner By MyHealthNewsDaily.com
Wii Exercise Games
Can you really get fit with Wii exercise? The following article is from WebMD will provide you some information,” Experts weigh in on the value of video game exercise,” By Annabelle Robertson.
For Kids The bottom line for Wii Exercise and Kids articles? Wii exercise is an enhancement not a replacement for real world exercise. In fact that actually is the bottom line for all video exercise games.
- Can You Really Get Fit With Wii Exercise Games? Active video games don’t mean kids exercise more By Genevra Pittman.
For Seniors I believe Wii exercise games are excellent activity for seniors. Any activity that involves movement is a good thing for seniors plus it encourages social interaction and that is also a positive things for seniors. Here is a video and some articles on the subject:
- Exercise, Video Games and Elderly Brains By Dr. Karl
- Combination Video Games and Exercise Good for Seniors Combo video game, exercise helps seniors stay sharp at the Science Blog