Army Develops Database of 3D Soldier Contour, Shape; Peng Li Comments

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army stock photoThe U.S. Army has developed a database that contains data on three-dimensional shapes and contour extracted from soldiers in an effort to address the clothing and equipment sizing requirements of warfighters.

The Army said April 17 that its Natick soldier research, development and engineering center completed the anthropometric survey of soldiers by performing 3-D whole body scans and integrating the data into a searchable platform.

“We developed our own shape descriptor and query method for 3-D body scans,” said Peng Li, a computer scientist on NSRDEC’s anthropology team that created the database.

“It will help determine different shapes for body armor and protection and gear for heads and faces,” Peng added.

He said the database is designed to help users “search or query body dimensions and shapes, and to download search results in spreadsheet and 3-D surface files.”

Peng Li intends to use the 3-D scan data to define common shapes for body armor and helmets, among other soldier equipment.

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