4D Body Scanning Is the New Zoetrope

September 24, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

Here’s a rough and nonetheless breathtaking example of the possibilities of live 4D body scanning. Demonstrates the emerging technology, Lee Perry-Smith says that “once perfected,” 4D body scanning “will offer incredible opportunities for motion vision research and motion capture.”

Perry-Smith cites Eadweard James Muybridge — “an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection” — as an influence. His now seemingly ancient zoetropic series of photographs showed us just how the body worked. The 21st Century Eadweard James Muybridge shows how we can take it to the next level, if you will. The “man in underpants” appears to be a deliberate visual homage.


(Image: Digital Journalist)