By Sandy Zimmerman (Photos by Panasonic Corporation)
I had a chance to take a look into the future at the Panasonic Exhibit in the MGM Grand Hotel!
I interviewed Hiroshi Saito, Chief Engineer, Video Intelligence Section, Strategic Planning Department, Panasonic Corporation. Hiroshi explained, “In the near future, everyone will have their own Avatar.”
It’s like twins an Avatar exactly like you. Another me that sounds like Science Fiction but it is happening now. Does your Avatar age as the person ages?
Hiroshi answered, “This is the first time this technology is being introduced into the market.
With E-commerce, sometimes clothes do not fit. The Avatar would be an exact duplicate of you.
The Avatar can be applied to medicine- we make an Avatar and capture the complete 3D model of a person in order to find what is wrong with them.”
Is this similar to an MRI?
Hiroshi answered, “If a person breaks a bone in the arm or leg, we can see under the cast while it is on. This is customized for each person by 3D printing as each person’s broken bones are different.”
As an engineer, working with Avatars must be exciting as you are creating at the same time you are designing these projects with camera technology. There are unlimited applications.
During my next interview with Jim Reilly, VP, Corporate Communications, Panasonic, discussed 3D scanned images. “You can create your own Avatar, a perfectly mapped, scaled model of your body in this booth. All of the shutters of 54 digital LUMIX high-resolution cameras are synchronized to photograph a person’s 3D scanner image from every angle, back and front, simultaneously, at 1/2000 of a second.
We have an algorithm that calculates how to put all of the 54 photos together and match them to a pre-captured Kabuki dancing motion program. Real people suddenly perform the sophisticated moves of Kabuki dancing.
The image is combined with motion data of professional Kabuki dancers. The person doesn’t have to learn Kabuki dances, the program adds these motions to their movie. We create 3D Avatar models from your picture that will be ready tomorrow.”
I entered the booth and was instructed to stand in the middle holding my arms out without moving. Later I saw myself dancing like a Kabuki actor in the 3D movie: Examples on youtube: https://youtu.be/q0p7NqlQdy8?t=2 http://news.panasonic.com/global/presskits/kabuki2016 http://shop.panasonic.com/latest-news
Yoshiyasu Honma, GM, Robotics Promotions Office, Panasonic. Yoshivasu explained, “Our robots have two special features, automatic moving without sensors on the floor or ceiling. Robots could be used in hospitals carrying blood samples, in agriculture and other applications.” http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/japankabuki/en/index.html
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