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Science  15 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5635, pp. 899
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5635.899d

A merger between fashion and high tech might soon bring relief to shoppers tired of trying on garment after garment to find one that fits. The 3D Body Scanner, a new site from Cornell University, explores how a machine for accurately measuring the human physique could revolutionize how we shop for clothes and how they're made. The technology could eventually provide ordinary consumers with what only people with lots of money or a knack for sewing can afford today—personalized, custom-tailored clothing.

The scanner builds a relief map of the body from some 300,000 physical measurements. With such accurate values, manufacturers may soon tailor apparel that fits the idiosyncrasies of your body. By supplying their body data, shoppers could also “try on” clothes over the Internet and avoid those dingy store fitting rooms.

www.explore.cornell.edu/bodyscanner

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