3DefineMe in Japan at DENSO MURAN
One of the many possible uses of our Mirror Stereo technology was introduced to the public at the DENSO MURAN Idea Contest at the beginning of November. The contest is a biennial event held at DENSO Corporation Headquarters in Japan with the aim of developing the creativity of the company’s associates through conceptualising potential innovations. As we learnt, the word ‘Muran’ comes from two Japanese words ‘dream’ and ‘egg’, as ‘the egg symbolizes the conception of a new idea, eventual development and unpredictable nature’. MURAN is one of the biggest events of DENSO Group attracting 17,000 visitors this year. The winner of the contest chosen by the DENSO MURAN Committee was awarded 1,000,000 JPY.
Our technology was used in the invention called ‘Mask Club’ by a Hungarian DENSO associate, Karoly Gorbe. His idea is based on his observation that Japanese people wear sanitary/surgical masks in public for many reasons, but while having a mask on, the face is almost unrecognisable. So he decided to create personalised sanitary masks with the users’ own photos printed on them. We entered into partnership this summer to help him develop a solution to take stereoscopic photos and then generate 3D models of the faces. After customising our 3DefineMe app as a result of a joint effort, Karoly was able to render the 3D face models to fit the size of sanitary masks. He created a special printing method and even made his very own printing machine so the 3D face models could be printed on the masks (which is actually quite a challenge). Users can add funny features to their photos (e.g. beard, moustache) before printing the masks.
Karoly’s invention was a great success among the visitors of the event and many of them were really interested in our app itself. As a result of this special cooperation, we received a great deal of useful feedback on our technology that we can use to further develop the accuracy of our face modelling.