Automated human body measurement extraction

Muditha Senanayake (Department of Apparel Merchandising & Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)
Amar Raheja (Department of Computer Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)
Yuhan Zhang (Department of Computer Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Publication date: 16 April 2018



The purpose of this paper is to develop an automated human body measurement extraction system using simple inexpensive equipment with minimum requirement of human assistance. This research further leads to the comparison of extracted measurements to established methods to analyze the error. The extracted measurements can be used to assist the production of custom-fit apparel. This is an effort to reduce the cost of expensive 3-D body scanners and to make the system available to the user at home.


A single camera body measurement system is proposed, implemented, and pilot tested. This system involves a personal computer and a webcam operating within a space of controlled lighting. The system will take two images of the user, extract body silhouettes, and perform measurement extraction. The camera is automatically calibrated using the software each time of scanning considering the scanning space. The user will select a front view and a side view among the images captured, and specify the height. In this pilot study, 31 subjects were recruited and the accuracy of 8 human body measurements were compared with the manual measurements and measurements extracted from a commercial 3-D body scanner.


The system achieved reasonable measurement performance within 10 percent accuracy for seven out of the eight measurements, while four out of eight parameters obtained a performance similar to the commercial scanner. It is proved that human body measurement extraction can be done using inexpensive equipment to obtain reasonable results.


This study is aimed at developing a proof-of-concept for inexpensive body scanning system, with an effort to benchmark measurement accuracy, available to an average user providing the ability to acquire self-body measurements to be used to purchase custom-fit apparel. This system can potentially boost the customization of apparel and revolutionize online shopping of custom-fit apparel.



Senanayake, M., Raheja, A. and Zhang, Y. (2018), "Automated human body measurement extraction", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 175-194.

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