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Web-based Declarative 3D Graphics for Anthropometry Visualization and Education



Sanford P. Ressler


graphics system that is integrated seamlessly with web browsers. Users can select anthropometric landmarks and learn their names, view the body from many points of view, and highlight specific landmarks. The 3D graphics capabilities are implemented via a system called X3DOM[x3dom] and is integrated with the web browser utilizing standard jQuery UI interface elements. X3DOM is “ experimental open source framework and runtime to support the ongoing discussion in the Web3D and W3C communities how an integration of HTML5 and declarative 3D content could look like.” In addition standard DOM click events are used to react to user actions resulting in information displays presented using standard jQuery dialogs. In addition to using an idealized computer generated model, bodies taken from real humans via laser scans produced by the CAESAR project, can be displayed. The CAESAR project was the first large scale anthropometric survey produced using whole body laser scanners in the mid 1990s. We have the ability to take the original 3D scans and via a notatypical production chain display them, with their anthropometric landmarks, on an interactive web page. The scans for each subject were taken in three poses, two of which are standing. We can interactively flip between the two standing poses, another illustrative technique for examining the bodies.
Proceedings Title
The Graphical Web, 2012
Conference Dates
September 11-14, 2012
Conference Location


computer graphics, web3d, anthropometry


Ressler, S. (2012), Web-based Declarative 3D Graphics for Anthropometry Visualization and Education, The Graphical Web, 2012, Zurich, -1, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created September 4, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017