FastCompany | 04.28.15

Body Labs wants to usher in the era of free 3-D body scanning

By David Lumb

3-D scanning is widely used to ingest physical objects such as furniture into digital files. As its name suggests, Manhattan-based startup Body Labs wants to do the same with human bodies. But unlike a coffee table, your body changes, and a scan today won’t be exactly the same as a scan made three weeks ago—which is exactly what Body Labs is counting on. By tracking your body’s subtle changes, Body Labs is exploring just one of its technology’s applications to build a happier, healthier you.

The company produces software that builds a digital body model from a 3-D scan taken by 3-D cameras. That can be an expensive proposition: The 3-D scan assembly shown in this video of Body Labs’ operations is an eight-camera model by the U.S. Army that costs upwards of $30,000.

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