Data obtained by Wacoal's 3D body scanner Photo: Wacoal
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Underwear store uses 3D scanner for body measurement

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By Mutsumi Somehara

Wacoal Holdings Corp will open an underwear store where women can easily and quickly measure their body sizes without being touched by a store clerk.

The name of the service is "3D smart & try." The store will be opened on the fourth floor of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajyuku in Shibuya, Tokyo, on May 30.

At the store, a 3D body scanner that Wacoal co-developed with Liquid Inc, which develops image recognition engines, will be set up. Visitors will be able to enter a "measurement space" similar to a normal fitting room and put on their own underwear or underwear specialized for measurement.

Their bodies will be scanned, and their entire bodies will be three-dimensionally reproduced with about 1.5 million dots. The measurement time is five seconds. Based on the distance between dots, the body size will be calculated.

In the store, a tablet computer will be used to propose underwear. For the proposal, IBM Corp's "Watson" AI system will be used. Visitors will select their problems, favorite designs and silhouettes. The system will combine them with measured data obtained by the 3D body scanner and propose underwear.

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Step 1: step into the "measurement space."

Step 2: put on the "underwear specialized for measurement."

Step 3: notice that the "underwear specialized for measurement" actually fits rather well -- no 3D scan needed.

Step 4: step out of the "measurement space."

So, will tailor-made underwear be manufactured for the customer or is it just the standard sizes that will be available?

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Nice. Any concern about data hacking?

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Hard to believe people's bodies are so unique that they can't find fitting underwear.

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Hard to believe people's bodies are so unique that they can't find fitting underwear.

Exactly. It's underwear, not a stiff business suit. Panties/briefs are designed to stretch and bras usually have adjustable straps. That scanner is totally pointless unless there is some secret intention for its use.

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I hope they’re going to screen the person operating the scanner. I don’t know the level of resolution possible, but I’d say it’s ripe for chikans. They’ve had some abuses around body scans at airports in the past.

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I really do not need to be 3D electromagnetically irradiated to purchase a pair of shreddies thank you.....

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Visitors will select their problems, favorite designs and silhouettes.

Just make the problems big at the front and we're good

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Special 3D double-XS extra small budgie-smugglers for JP lads?

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