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Body Labs Secures Exclusive U.S. Patents And Licenses For 3D Body Modeling Technologies

Body Labs establishes leadership through proprietary technology developed from research led by world-class computer vision scientist Michael J. Black

Mar 21, 2016, 09:00 ET from Body Labs

NEW YORK, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Body Labs (bodylabs.com), the provider of the world’s most advanced technology for analyzing the human body’s shape, pose and motion, announced today that it has secured the exclusive rights to two patents issued to Brown University and licenses to several new technologies developed at Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH.

U.S. Patents 9,189,886 B2 and 2013/0249908 A1 expand Body Labs’ exclusive ability to create accurate 3D human models learned from natural shape and pose variations captured from data inputs such as images or range maps. These patents cover intellectual property included in Body Labs’ statistical model of human shape, pose and motion. This statistical approach employs machine learning algorithms and the world’s most comprehensive training set of human shape and pose to convert shape parameters (measurements or scans) into the most statistically-accurate body geometry currently available.

Body Labs also announced exclusive licenses to several new technologies developed at Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH. These technologies enable Body Labs to further expand its technical leadership into other areas of the human body such as hands, feet, faces and heads. Additionally, the new developments streamline the adoption of Body Labs’ technology into other industry workflows such as animation pipelines, gaming, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), health, fitness and more. These technologies also provide never-before-seen detail into soft-tissue deformation trained on shape data and pose variations captured from 4D scanners.

“These exclusive patents and licenses enable us to unlock unprecedented personalization across the entire human body and ensure our technology is more accessible than ever to a growing list of industries,” said William O’Farrell, co-founder and CEO of Body Labs. “It’s been a privilege to be partnered with Brown University and the Max Planck Institute for the past three years. These patents and licenses enable us to further expand our relationship and drive rapid innovation in the 3D body modeling space.”

According to Juniper Research, 60 million users across smartphones, tablets and smart glasses will use augmented reality apps in 2016. Gartner has also projected that 25 million units of virtual reality headsets will be in the hands of consumers by 2018. This year, tech giants such as Intel (Intel Capital led Body Labs’ Series A round of financing) will be working with manufacturers to integrate depth-sensor technology into smartphones as well. This broad adoption will deliver entirely new developer platforms made for everyday consumers that can manage, process and host 3D data.

Body Labs is the only company to provide the body as a digital platform. Through Body Labs, brands and retailers can access API’s for building consumer-facing experiences such as apparel sizing recommendations, bespoke clothing, fitness tracking, personalizing VR or AR experiences and more. For more information on how to personalize goods and services around human body shape visit:http://www.bodylabs.com/solutions.

About Body Labs
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Manhattan, Body Labs collects, digitizes and organizes all of the data and information related to human body shape, pose and motion. Its mission is to transform the human body into a digital platform upon and around which goods and services can be designed, produced, bought and sold. For more information, please visit:www.bodylabs.com.

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26-Hour Face Transplant Made Possible with 3D Printing

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One fateful night back in 2001, a former volunteer firefighter from Mississippi named Patrick Hardison bravely entered a burning home seeking to rescue anyone who might be stuck inside. When the burning house collapsed upon Hardison, he was left with critical injuries that completely disfigured his facial features, leaving him complete unrecognizable even to his own wife and children. This horrific accident forced Hardison onto the operating table over 70 times, where traditional surgical operations were only adding to the mental and physical strain he had been undergoing since the fire had left him disfigured.



It wasn’t until Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, a plastic surgeon at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, came up with a plan to give Hardison a full face transplant. The plan involved finding a ‘donor’ who matched in hair color, skin color, blood type, and who also has a similar skeletal structure to Hardinson. Once the selected donor was found, Rodriguez and his staff utilized 3D Systems’ Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology, which allows for adequate surgical preparation by offering cutting guides over an actual 3D scan of the bone structure of both the patient and the donor.


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VSP technology is able to create these surgical templates by using medical scan data, which are transformed into 3D models and, in some cases, are even 3D printed for a visual aid. 3D Systems’ Medical Modeling team actually assisted in the printing of these templates, using a biocompatible 3D printing material that is easily sterilized, and can, therefore, be safely utilized within the confines of an operating room.





Using the careful surgical plan the Rodriguez and his team prepared on 3D Systems’ VSP technology, Hardinson received an extremely successful surgery and suddenly had all of the features of a human face again for the first time in years. Although the intensive surgery took Rodriguez and over 100 other individuals who assisted in the operation a whopping 26 hours to complete, the surgery would have likely been impossible to even plan without the preparation help offered by 3D Systems and their Virtual Surgical Planning technology. Now, thanks to Dr. Rodriguez, 3D Systems’ Medical Modeling team, and the rest of the NYU’s Langone Medical Center staff, Patrick Hardison can finally smile at the world, once again.

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