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CES 2021: AI steps into 3D foot scanning

Foot scanning technology and orthotics leader Aetrex Worldwide this week showcased the next generation of the company’s 3D foot scanner, Albert 2, at CES 2021. 

Albert 2 combines computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing and cloud analytics to deliver what it claims to be  “the most advanced foot scanning system in the world”. It integrates cutting-edge technologies from tech pioneers like Intel RealSense and Samsung’s Harman, to help consumers find the right fitting footwear and orthotics, as well as provide an enhanced in-store experience. 

“Our goal with Albert 2 was to create an unmatched, all-in-one foot scanning solution that incorporates the best technologies available, while creating a quick, easy to use, seamless experience for the customer and the retailer,” says Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex. “By integrating tech offerings from Intel and Harman, we are able to create a retail tool that’s unlike anything on the market today. Albert 2 captures the most comprehensive and accurate foot scan data, while creating an engaging, personalized experience for consumers. Plus, Aetrex Orthotic recommendations are integrated into the foot scanning process and software, creating an easy add-on sale for retailers.”

Aetrex provided the following information:

To guarantee a holistic 3D capture of every foot scanned, Albert 2 features four Intel RealSense depth cameras and 5,184 gold plated sensors. The Intel RealSense depth camera D415 has been a breakthrough technology in a variety of hi-tech products and applications, such as robotics, 3D scanning, drones and object measurements. These cameras provide highly accurate 3D scanning capabilities and depth quality per degree with a rolling shutter on the depth sensor. The D415 has a tightly focused field of view, giving Albert 2 the ability to create a 3D rendering of the foot and provide any key measurement desired (length, width, girth, etc.) at the highest accuracy possible.

“Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people’s lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D,” says Joel Hagberg, head of product management and marketing, Intel RealSense Group. “We are excited to collaborate with Aetrex to enhance the shoe buying experience by assessing an individual’s feet in 3D to ensure they’re purchasing the right shoe for their unique foot profile, reducing the need for returns.”

These innovative cameras, combined with Aetrex’s proprietary pressure plate technology designed to capture complete pressure data on the underside of the foot, allows Albert 2 to create an accurate 360⁰ 3D reconstruction of the foot. Using foot measurements, arch type and pressure points, Albert 2 recommends the best fitting shoes and orthotics for a customer’s foot type – ensuring customers find the right fit the first time.

Leveraging this complete, accurate foot scan data collected from an Albert 2 foot scan, Aetrex also partners with EOS, the leader in industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing, to offer Aetrex 3D Printed Custom Orthotics. These orthotics provide customers with customised support and cushioning, designed to match precisely to every square centimetre of each foot, based on one’s foot profile. The result is the most precise custom orthotic on the market today.

Read more on the next page about Aetrex’s AI-powered voice assistant.

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