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2004 - Intellifit System

Developers: Douglas L. McMakin, Dale Collins, James M. Prince, Thomas E. Hall, David M. Sheen, Wayne M. Lechelt, Paul E. Keller, Ronald H. Severtsen (all PNNL)
Contact: Doug McMakin

The Intellifit System is a first-of-its kind cylindrical holographic imaging technology that can perform a 360-degree whole body scan in less than 10 seconds. The Intellifit scanner uses a millimeter wave array/transceiver technology which bounces off the body reflecting more than 200,000 points in space. The array/transceiver illuminates the human body standing within the cylinder with extremely low-powered millimeter waves—a class of non-ionizing radiation not harmful to humans—that penetrates clothing and reflects off the body. The reflected signals are collected by the array/transceiver and sent to a high-speed image processing computer where the Intellifit software converts that "point-cloud" into dozens of precise body measurements forming a high-resolution 3D image of the body.

The Intellifit System, a commercialization of PNNL's millimeter wave holographic scanner, provides significant, credible technology that will inexpensively solve a large part of the product markdown/return problem for apparel retailers and manufacturers, and the consumers who are buying and returning their clothing. The Intellifit System adds value to every participant in the clothing buying cycle—from the designer, to the manufacturer, to the retailer, to the customer. Intellifit allows designers to understand who their customers are and how, in the real world, they are sized, shaped, and proportioned. Intellifit Specifications and Patterns help manufacturers, anywhere in the world, create garments that fit real people in their targeted demographic.

Parallel commercialization of another embodiment of this technology is taking place on the security front. This application of the technology is called D3P, Dual Panel Planar Portal, and could minimize the extra delays of searches with hand-held metal detectors and the indignity of physical searches to resolve ambiguous alarms. The D3P can harmlessly and quickly scan a person and generate an image with such clarity that all the items inside the clothing and shoes of that person are recognizable, regardless of the materials from which they are made.

Excerpted from PNNL R&D 100 webpage.

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