Toppan Launches Virtual Human Lab for High-Precision Body Measurement, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Toppan Launches Virtual Human Lab for High-Precision Body Measurement, Health News, ET HealthWorld

A Light Stage has been installed at the Toppan Virtual Human Lab.

Tokyo: Toppan Printing recently launched the “Toppan Virtual Human Lab” to undertake research and development on human body measurement and wide-ranging applications for the data obtained. The lab will make use of a Light Stage from the University of Southern California (USC) for high-precision facial scanning.

According to the release, Toppan is creating a “Human Body Information Platform” that provides a one-stop solution for registration, processing, and leveraging of this information for diverse services. By providing the required functions and information via an application programming interface (API), the platform will contribute to business development by companies in wide-ranging sectors.

The concept for Human Body Information Platform

The Toppan Virtual Human Lab will record the movement of the musculoskeletal system, take body measurements—such as hand and foot shape—and process the information into various forms.
The research and development undertaken will enable an end-to-end service from measurement to production of 3D computer graphics, visual media, and other content. Based on this, the Human Body Information Platform will enhance input methods and expand a database of valuable information for individuals and businesses that support the creation of new services.

The release said, Toppan has also installed a Light Stage, which is operated by controlling multiple light sources in a spherical dome to enable scanning of not just face shape but also tone and texture with a high degree of accuracy.

Use of the Light Stage will provide information that can be leveraged for the creation of diverse new applications with the potential to drive an array of related services. These include the development of processing engines for creating photoreal avatars or running optical simulations of layers of cosmetics. Toppan plans to roll out an end-to-end solution from high-definition facial image photography to 3D computer graphic processing. Data output will be displayable online via an original viewer developed by Toppan, with a smartphone app also planned. These and other initiatives will expand the use of the Light Stage beyond the film industry and open up possibilities for cutting-edge applications in such sectors as cosmetics, clothing, advertising, sports, and healthcare.

“Toppan will be receiving some of the world’s most advanced technology for human digitization, based on Light Stage systems which have won two Academy Awards and have scanned some of the world’s most famous and important people,” said Dr. Paul Debevec, Adjunct Research Professor, USC, who led the original development of the Light Stage technologies.

“In establishing a platform for information on the human body, we intend to enhance functions for measurement and enable the use of the data to help businesses generate new services matched to their targets and individuals,” said Jin Endo, Executive Officer of Toppan’s Business Development Division and R&D Strategy Office.

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