Microsoft KINECT, 3D Scanning and Wellbeing

Wednesday 15th February (1.30-3.00 pm)

Roberts 106, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Philip Treleaven, Professor, UCL Computer Science, Director, PhD Centre in Financial Computing

This lecture will discuss how 3D body scanning might be used to enhance wellbeing. It will demonstrate the ShapeDynamics 3D Healthcare system currently being trialed by GPs, and demonstrate the potential of the KINECT with illustrations of the use of statistical body shape modeling to improve the quality of captured data.

The Microsoft KINECT is a 3D scanner that can capture 3D body shape and motion. With 10 million in peoples' homes the KINECT presents opportunities for health (e.g. obesity interventions), exercise (e.g. calisthenics) and sport (e.g. encouraging participation).

Although the captured 3D body data on the KINECT is poor when compared to commercial 3D body scanners, various applications based on key body landmarks have been developed. These include fitness games on the Xbox 360 that may improve wellbeing. New generations of cameras will naturally improve the quality of captured data however, Statistical Body Shape Modeling may offer a means of improving poor data in order to make it more usable for health, exercise and sport applications.  Register here.

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