...an extremely accurate model without requiring any additional hardware.


How does the scanning process work?

Poikos tech is accessed through can be accessed via a web or app interface, on a range of devices.  

  • The user gets into position in front of a webcam or smartphone/tablet camera, standing about 3 metres back from the device.
  • When the user is in position, an automatic countdown begins.
  • One picture is taken from the front of the body, and one from the side.
  • The user is then asked to double-check the pictures taken, to ensure that they are in frame.

These images are then encrypted, and sent to a secure server on the internet to be processed immediately into a 3D scan, with full body measurements, which may then be returned to the user, or forwarded to a third party with the user's permission.

How can you scale measurements?

The systems makes an estimate of the user's height, which the user can verify. This is how we scale the final results.

Does a user need to be naked?

No. Underwear or gym clothing is ideal for best results, but the technology can cope with street clothing (thinner is better).

Is it processed by humans or machines?

All processing is done entirely by machine, entirely without human intervention, using sophisticated image processing algorithms. The processing itself is near-instant.

What hardware is needed?

Just a standard camera connected to the internet (such as a smartphone, or webcam). Above 2 Megapixel is recommended. All of the processing is done securely online, in just a few seconds.

What can this be used for?

The technology was originally created to help enable the mass customization sector, but the same tech can equally be applied to m-health, e-commerce, and others.

What accuracy is possible?

When the tech is polished: with a 640x480 camera, one can expect an error range of about 28mm around the body, and 6mm for arms and legs (technically circumferential and linear measurements). With a 1080p HD camera, an error range of 16mm around the body and 3mm for limbs can be expected. We're continually exploring ways in which we can improve accuracy further, without compromising ease of use. 

What measurements can be taken?

We have a list of the measurements that we take by default (over 100). We can also provide custom measurements by request, internal volumes, or a full 3D model (with or without color texture information).  Hands and feet are currently the most difficult measurements to capture.

Does it only measure people?

The system is designed for generating 3D data and measurements of people, not other objects.

How much is it, and how can I get it?

We have chosen to initially work with only a small number of companies via a special arrangement. This is because more than just clients, we need co-development partners who can advise us on their needs and objectives, and provide quality feedback as we polish the product for general release.

If this program is of interest to you, please get in contact for more information.

When will Poikos be generally released to the public? 

For the moment, we're bootstrapping development carefully, focussing on finding the best customer experience possible before we move to a general release. 

What platforms can I access the Poikos scanning process on?

Poikos provides official support for:

  • iOS - iPhone 4s and above, iPad 2 and above, iPad Mini
  • PC or Mac with any modern web browser (supporting either Flash or HTML5), with a 2+ Megapixel webcam (integrated or peripheral)
  • Android, Google Glass, and MS Kinect are also (unofficially) supported

How should it be used?

For best results, the software should be used in the following manner:

  • Good lighting (bright, ideally not strong shadows)
  • A reasonably un-cluttered background behind the user
  • The user to be wearing thin clothing (ideally gym clothing or underwear) 
  • A 640x480 resolution camera or above (minimum 2 megapixels) is also required
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Is a full scan produced, or just measurements?

Poikos can produce a full scan (with color texture information if desired), as well as measurements. It's even possible to 3D print a scan out directly. The example to the right is a thumb-sized 3D-printed proof, in color, of the first scan we ever took using our technology.

Tech Stuff

Can Poikos use 3D sensors as an interface?

Yes, Poikos technology is universal, and therefore is compatible with 3D sensors also. Extra depth-map information provides even better results, but isn't necessary for general purposes. We're excited about the future, as 3D hardware becomes smaller and more affordable. Our mastery of 2D image processing can provide a lot of extra power to 3D scanning hardware.

What about security and privacy?

We take security EXTREMELY seriously. We have a wide variety of administrative, managerial, and technical security measures put in place to protect your personal information. All data is sent via secure SSL connection, and image data is only ever read by machine. We have never had a breach of security and always strive for excellence in maintaining user privacy.


Who are you?

Poikos is a small international team lead by its Founder, Nell Watson (click here for Nell's Blog). Founded in the UK, Poikos is currently headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

What does 'Poikos' mean anyhow?

It’s a blend of several international words for Peace such as ‘Pokój‘ (Polish), ‘Taikos‘ (Lithuanian), and ‘Paix‘ (French). Nell chose it because of her belief that open trade and empowering technology are two great ways to promote peace in our world.

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