The isokinetic structure is based on the Hoberman Sphere. (Image credit The People’s Industrial Design Office)


Taking a 3D image of yourself can be a difficult endeavor to undertake unless you have access to expensive equipment such as full-body scanners or handheld imaging devices. You could also go the DIY route, but that takes time, money and talent. Or perhaps you could take advantage of the People’s Industrial Design Office’s (PIDO) option- take over 100 DSLR cameras and fit them to mounts inside a geodesic, illuminated dome, to capture your entire body in high-resolution detail.


The Beijing-based company designed the 3D Copypod around the Hoberman sphere- an isokinetic dome capable of expanding and contracting through the scissor-like action of its joints. With this design, users can scan both large and small objects using minimal effort and without the need for intensive reconstruction/repositioning efforts.



The panels attached to the frame are lit from within, eliminating shadows. (Image credit the People’s Industrial Design Office)


According to PIDO, “With minimal adjustment, the 3D Copypod can contract to scan small objects and expand large enough to scan a group of people.” They go on to state, “With minimal adjustment, the 3D Copypod can contract to scan small objects and expand large enough to scan a group of people.” Keeping the design simple is what makes the scanner unique, outfitting it with over 100 DSLR cameras is what makes it effective- “with the snap of a camera, even subjects in motion can be captured in high quality and full color.”


What’s more, each light panel is illuminated from within, effectively eliminating any shadow on the subject or object, making for clear and precise images. Each DSLR camera mounted to the dome takes a high-resolution image, which is then stitched together to create a 3D model, however PIDO doesn’t specify what software they’re using to do so.



External view of the 3D Copypod, complete with lighting connections. (Image credit the People’s Industrial Design Office)


PIDO’s design is truly ingenious and fairly easy to construct using six interlocking ‘great circles’ or geodesic panels, which are interconnected to one other using scissor joints to form an icosidodecahedron shape. On the other hand, getting your hands on a hundred DSLR cameras might set you back some serious money.



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