This October all WIRED subscribers in the UK are reading about how Artec scanners were used to produce an accurate body scan for lingerie designers.
If your underwear fits, you may want to thank Artec. The company makes laser scanners that turn real-world objects into accurate computer representations — and lingerie designers are using it to map the female form. The handheld scanner beams a grid of light on to the body and a camera captures pattern changes as the device is moved. A computer analyses 500,000 surface points per second and creates a 3D shape. But it’s not all corsetry; the Luxembourg-based firm also sells the $15,000 (£9,000) scanners to engineers and excavators. «In Europe, archaeologists have two options if they unearth something," explains Artec’s CMO Sergey Suhovey, 34. «They can put it in official storage or put it back in the exact same position." Scanning dig sites creates a precise map of where objects were found.