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Battelle licenses body measurement technology

Unique Solutions Ltd. to use body scanning data to improve clothing fit and health

June 27, 2011 Share This!

  • Battelle has granted an exclusive license to Unique Solutions Limited for a technology that will help shoppers quickly find better fitting clothes. The device is based on technology initially designed to protect air travelers and will soon be installed at shopping malls and clothing stores around the country.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Battelle has granted an exclusive license for a technology that will help clothing shoppers find better fitting clothes easily and quickly, as well as assess their overall fitness. 

Unique Solutions Limited plans to revolutionize the apparel industry by introducing scanning kiosks near retail locations that provide quick and accurate sizing information. The kiosks will inform shoppers — at no cost — on the best fitting and most flattering styles from many of the largest brand name apparel lines. Unique Solutions has launched this service at the largest retail shopping mall in the United States — King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania. Additional installations are planned around the country and ultimately Unique Solutions is expected to have the largest database of body measurements in existence.

The 3-D body holographic technology employed in the kiosks is based on scanning technology initially designed to protect air travelers. The technology, which was developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., utilizes harmless millimeter waves that penetrate clothing and reflect off of the body, sending signals back to a transceiver. The transceiver then sends the signals to a high-speed computer, which then can reconstruct them to create a visualization tool for security applications or compile a detailed series of body measurements for clothing fitting and health/wellness applications.

The PNNL-developed technology was previously licensed by Battelle for use in security applications and is currently being deployed by the Transportation Security Administration in airports across the United States, where it can rapidly identify hidden objects — including plastic, ceramic and other non-metallic weapons.  It has its roots in three-dimensional holograph imagery created at PNNL in the 1970s for nondestructive evaluation of nuclear reactors.  In 2004, the technology won the prestigious R&D Magazine's Editor's Choice Award as "Most Promising New Technology." 

The scanning systems can also be used to quickly and accurately collect useful and relevant body measurement data during the scanning process. This data can then be used by the customer for a variety of purposes, including clothing fitting, but also eventually for helping individuals track their fitness and wellness goals.

For more information about the scanner, visit PNNL's Available Technologies website.


Unique Solutions is headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with offices in Long Beach, Calif. and manufacturing sites in the United States.

Battelle is the world's largest independent research and development organization with 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle manages or co-manages six national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Tags: National Security, Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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