A very Interesting video about Internet jargon:
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
ZUMBA and Wii Kinect for Xbox:
The mission of TC2 is to elevate the level of technology, manufacturing systems, and business processes employed in the global soft goods industry through research and development, education, training, and outreach. [TC]2 is a provider of direct and indirect technology products and services to industry.
Their Web site offers information on multiple types of body scanners for the global soft goods industry. 3D body scanning is just one research area of [TC]2.
Some end uses for 3D body scanning are: • Health/medical and fitness management • Body shape analysis • Sizing surveys • 3D product development for fashionable and functional apparel • Made-to-measure clothing • Clothing size and style recommendation • Virtual Fashion
An overview of some of the technologies used in the apparel industry are referenced in this article titled, “Sewn Product Technology.” by Kerry King Director of Product Development and Sustainability Initiatives at [TC]2 , Textile Clothing technology Corporation. According to Sally Aitkin on her Exploring the World of Sustainable Fashion blog article titled ” Innovative Technology–3D Body Scanning.
” The first two scanners were deployed by Levi Strauss and North Carolina State College of Textiles. They had a footprint of 180 square feet and had a price tag of $200,000.”
The price has been reduced dramatically since then and continues to drop. The current [TC]2 version of the Image Twin full body scanner uses white light and has a 4′ by 5′ footprint and scans in 6 seconds.
Image Twin Full Body Scanner
The [TC]2 KX-16 [laser] is similar to the [TC]2 NX-16 body scanner [white light] we have at Buffalo State college. We have it linked to the OptiTex application and we can easily create customized body scanned avatars to use directly in the OptiTex garment pattern application. Here is a link to the post: Body Scanning and OptiTex
[TC]²’s scanning technology scans the whole body in seconds and rapidly produces a true-to-scale 3D body model. The measurement extraction software package features capabilities for Virtual Fashion visualization with links to 3D garment pattern making applications from major industry CAD packages. Just a few end-uses for body scanning are at the beginning of this post. Link to a recent Textile World article: [TC]2 Introduces KX-16 Body Scanner
An email quote from David Brunner [email@example.com] Vice-President, Technology Development at [TC]2 states:
Our “16 depth sensor” machine the KX-16 though is overall equal to full body scanners like our own NX-16 or laser scanners, and supports hundreds of measurements with better than 1/4″ accuracy. In fact, it is better on 8 of 10 technical points of comparison (3X more data, scan any color garment or skin, good hair coverage, faster scan, etc). It is only $10,000 (portable) or $12,500 in the booth version. I have attached a picture of the portable version just taken at an installation in Portugal (it can scan in open air with no problems). The booth version is much like the NX-16 booth.
TC2 Image Twin Single Windows Kinect Body Scanner
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. TC2 Kinect
TC2 offers Virtual Fashion System and V-Dresser: Web-based and Smart Phone Virtual Fashion
One of the unique and best features about this [TC]2 mobile smart phone 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! This is really great. It would really be great to be linked to the Me-Ality scanners that are being installed across North America or any other publicly placed bodyscaners.
[TC]2’s Virtual Fashion System – makes lifelike natural pose avatars and can show them with clothing, and can predict sizes or provide custom clothing specficiations. The TC2 system can utilize 3D clothing generated from V-Dresser, CLO3D/Marvelous Designer, OptiTex, Lectra, Maya, etc etc etc.
V-Dresser – TC2 is the world-wide distributor for V-Dresser. Leveraging recently released low cost scanning devices for home use, [TC]² has combined that low cost power and availability with its Size Selection, Avatar Creation, Virtual Fashion, and Weight Loss Visualization technologies developed over the years for use with high-accuracy 3D full body scans. The result is an extremely high value-low cost solution for retail, at-home, and web-enabled smart phone applications.
For more information on personal avatar creation email firstname.lastname@example.org
Portable Body Scanning: Spacevision Cartesia
[TC]2 offers Spacevision Cartesia the first portable body scanning system. Space Vision Incorporated is a venture company based on the results of research undertaken at Nagoya Institute of Technology and Keio University. Julia Haselhorst, strategic manager of The Textile & Fashion Hub stated that The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) Textile & Fashion Hub has the Spacevision Cartesia, which uses software from TC2.
“It is much lighter, more portable, accurate and price accessible than many of the other scanners on the market.”
It is light, portable and can be set up in 15 minutes. It can scan a body shape in 2 seconds.
Blog postings by Kerry King, Director of Product Development and Sustainability Initiatives at [TC]2
I am listing some resource blog postings relating to 2D/3D digital product development and digital textile printing, authored primarily by Kerry King, [email@example.com] Director of Product Development and Sustainability Initiatives at [TC]2, Textile Clothing technology Corporation.
Kerry is currently Manager of Product Development and Sustainability Initiatives for [TC]2. She is responsible for managing applied research and consulting opportunities in areas related to new product development, garment fit and sizing, application of digital textile printing and 3D garment development technologies, and investigation of technology systems that support sustainability for product development and textile coloration.
Kerry oversees the operation of [TC]2’s digital print service and is a recognized speaker and author in the digital textile printing field. She is a senior member of AATCC for which she currently chairs the Printing Technology Committee and participates in the Concept 2 Consumer interest group as well as the Editorial Advisory Board.
- Fashion Goes Virtual Part I
- Fashion Goes Virtual Part II – Virtual Fashion for Consumers
- CAD as a Tool for Lean Product Development
- Technology Trends for Sewn Product Development
- Digital Textile Printing – Reality or Dream?
- Part IV – Digital Direct-to-Garment Printing
- ITMA Part II – Digital Textile Printing
- 3D Body Scanning for Apparel Sizing
- Moving Digital Printing Forward 
This is an article by Sally Aitken titled: Sustainable Digital Printing Technology. It summarizes the services offered at TC2, the Textile Clothing technology Corporation such as the Inkdrop Printing Service.
The School of the Professions, in conjunction with the Technology Department and Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) program (at Buffalo State College) hosted a reception to demonstrate how the NX-16 3-D body scanner works in conjunction with OptiTex PDS yesterday. The short video below shows you how the body scanner operates.
The video below demonstrates how the custom body scan can be easily integrated into the OptiTex PDS program.
The Acquisition of the body scanner will increase technology capabilities for FTT program curriculum, research capabilities and collaboration opportunities.