S. Charoensiriwath and C. Tanprasert, "An Overview of 3D Body Scanning Applications in Thailand", in Proc. of 1st Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2010, pp. 158-165, http://dx.doi.org/10.15221/10.158.
An Overview of 3D Body Scanning Applications in Thailand
Supiya CHAROENSIRIWATH, Chularat TANPRASERT
Knowledge Elicitation and Archiving Laboratory (KEA), National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Pathumthani, Thailand
3D body scanning technology was first introduced in Thailand during the Bangkok Fashion Week in 2006. The event was organized by the Thai National Sizing Survey project, known as SizeThailand, to allow the people in the apparel and fashion industry to familiarize themselves with the latest method for accurately measuring body size and to make the general public aware of this new technology prior to the official launch of the project. SizeThailand was then launched in 2007 and successfully completed in 2008 with 13,442 subjects taking part. It followed the same procedures and methodology as SizeUK and SizeUSA which made Thailand the first country in Asia Pacific to have carried out an anthropometric survey using the 3D body scanning technology.
The results of the survey were publicly announced and most importantly, the country's first standard sizing scheme was developed using a novel Artificial Intelligence technique to analyse the body measurements obtained from the 3D body scanner. Since then, the 3D body scanning technology continued to attract a high level of media interest in Thailand. As a result, made-to-measure suits and uniforms trials have been conducted with 2 tailors and a clothing retailer. While the results were shown to be satisfactory, there is still room for improvement. Another important 3D body scanning application, arose from the survey results which found that over thirty percent of Thai adults were obese, was the SizeThailand e-Health: online obesity diagnosis and monitoring tool. The system allows the subjects taking part to monitor their body shape, clinical data, body composition monitor results and overall health online. In addition, the subjects periodically receive personal obesity-related advice and eating recommendations from doctors and nutritionists. A trial of this application has been running for the past 2 years with nearly 400 subjects taking part. This paper discusses these 3D body scanning applications in detail.
SizeThailand, Made-to-Measure, e-Health, health monitoring
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