Digital Human for Human Centered Design
Every day people rely on products, clothing, eyeglass, shoes, etc., that are designed specifically for use with the human anatomy. These products must be mass produced to be economically viable. For successful mass-production, one basic design must serve a wide variety of human beings; therefore it is imperative that properly inclusive designs be used.
Digital models of human functions and the variations in those functions assist in the human centered design of products that require a morphological fit. At present, the Digital Human Research Center studies the following topics relating to human centered design.
On Demand Bodywear based on Digital Human Models...>>more
Anthropometry of Size and Shape (Contact: M.Mochimaru/M.Kouchi)
This page introduces available body dimensions data and anthropometry.
Scanners exclusively for the head and for the whole body were developed in order to accurately measure the human body in 3-D.
3-D foot scanners were developed, meeting the following criteria:
1. Compact, field portable, 2. Inexpensive, and 3. High-precision
Product Fitting Design (Contact: M.Mochimaru/M.Kouchi)
Foot shapes vary from person to person. This page introduces how feet are measured and the common characteristics and individual differences of Japanese feet.
A collaborative study was done to develop new eyeglass frames, based on the 3-D shapes of Japanese faces.
New dressmaking dummies, which represent the 3-D shapes of today's young adult females, were co-developed.
Basic Software/Database (Contact: M.Mochimaru/M.Kouchi)
The 3-D human body shapes that were modeled by the Free Form Deformation technique can be transformed back and forth using this software.
Using this technique, products can be shaped to suit an individual's figure.
The anthropometric data of about 200 young Japanese males and females and 100 senior males and females, collected from 1997 to 1998, is available, free of charge.
This software does statistical computations for 3-D shapes. It calculates point diagrams, mean shapes, and shapes of point diagrams plotted on axes.
From Shape to Motion, Feel and Sensitivity
The tactile sensitivity of a foot varies depending on the region. In addition to the shape of a shoe, this sensitivity is a factor of shoe comfort.
(Contact: Masako Dohi)
Measures the changes of 3-D foot shape while walking. Charting 3-D shapes through time is called 4-D measurement.
(Contact: Makoto Kimura)
Digital Hand Project...>>more
Computed, typical hand shapes, which represent individual differences of Japanese hands.
Anticipates the sensation of touch without actual contact.
(Contact: Mitunori Tada)
Science-Based Genuine Digital Manikin...>>more
Conveniently finds the center of a shoulder joint from body surface markers and matches to a digital manikin.
(Contact: Kei Aoki)
(Contact: Katuaki Kawachi)
(Contact: Shuntaro Yamazaki)