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Unique Solutions Limited's "mybestfit" kiosk  (Source:
Unique Solutions' newest technology is called "mybestfit," and it utilizes the body scanning technology used in airports -- except it keeps your clothes on

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding body scanners at the airport since they began producing nude photos of the public. While many have complained about the new technology, Unique Solutions Limited has found a new use for it that keeps the public's clothes on.

Unique Solutions Limited, which was established in 1994, specializes in personalized shopping. It originally started out as a company that provides custom sewing patterns tailored to fit customers' body shapes perfectly. Its goal is to provide clothing that fits an individual, since many clothing stores offer set sizes that may or may not fit the way they should. The company has expanded to offer technology that can provide this convenience.

Unique Solutions' newest technology is called "mybestfit," and it utilizes the body scanning technology used in airports -- except it keeps your clothes on.

Mybestfit was developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Unique Solutions Limited licensed the technology from Batelle, which manages the laboratory.

Mybestfit utilizes radio waves to penetrate clothing and "bounce" signals off the body. These signals are then sent to a computer, and the data is used to calculate exact measurements of your waist, hips, arms, legs and weight. These measurements are given to the user, and they use such measurements to decide which sizes to buy at the store.

The mybestfit kiosk was first placed at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, and is a free service. It was made to increase shopping convenience, since some shoppers either do not know what size they are, or are too embarrassed to reveal their size and weight to store assistants.

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health risks
By Wierdo on 7/1/2011 4:22:11 PM , Rating: 2
I recall the airport body scanners triggered concerns of increasing risks of cancer, it's a small risk - basically the same chance of dying from a terrorist attack - but still it would be a turn off for something like this is there's a health risk, especially since people probably shop for clothes more than they fly on planes.

RE: health risks
By Wierdo on 7/1/2011 4:22:38 PM , Rating: 2

RE: health risks
By kaborka on 7/1/2011 4:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
The x-ray backscatter machines are very low dose, but the problem is that the energy is absorbed in the skin. 833083

RE: health risks
By chrnochime on 7/1/2011 5:59:39 PM , Rating: 4
This is not X-ray backscatter. This is millimeter wave.

RE: health risks
By slickr on 7/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: health risks
By PrinceGaz on 7/3/2011 10:18:58 AM , Rating: 3
It is not *ionising* radiation like X-rays, the machine uses RF energy, not dissimilar to what your mobile-phone emits. It might be a slightly shorter wavelength than the phone, but the effect it has on you is essentially the same.

Now whether mobile-phones are safe or not is another matter entirely :)

RE: health risks
By DanNeely on 7/1/2011 4:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
X-ray back scatter machines do give a non-zero radiation dose. Millimeter wave scanners do not (these are between IR and microwaves). The measuring machine uses millimeter waves.

RE: health risks
By jtemplin on 7/1/2011 5:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
You got it backwards. Backscatter gives the low dose of ionizing, millimeter does not.

RE: health risks
By someguy123 on 7/1/2011 6:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm believe that's what he said (non-zero or above zero).

RE: health risks
By Mr Perfect on 7/1/2011 6:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hold on, so the nude scanners are just as likely to kill you as the terrorist attacks it's supposed to stop? Who said that?

RE: health risks
By Solandri on 7/1/2011 8:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
No. You'd get several hundred to several thousand times the radiation dose during the flight than you'd get from the scanner. When you're up at high altitude, there's less air to absorb radiation from space. So more of it reaches you and gets absorbed by your body. The average annual dose received by long-haul aircrews (5-10 mSv) is actually much higher than the average annual dose for a nuclear power plant worker (1.3 mSv).

However, by most estimates the scanners are still more likely to get you killed than a terrorist attack. They're discouraging people from flying. Those people are driving instead, where they have a considerably higher chance of being killed in an accident. Consequently, while the scanners may improve safety aboard planes, their net effect is getting more people killed.

RE: health risks
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: health risks
By Wierdo on 7/2/2011 11:31:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, my understanding is that statistically they're both one in 30 million, got this off google:

RE: health risks
By mmatis on 7/3/2011 9:29:18 AM , Rating: 1
If the risks ARE that low, then why:
are the scanner operators getting cancer? Is it from their grope-a-thons where they make 95 year old grandmothers remove their Depends?

Couldn't happen to a more deserving group of people. EVERY ONE OF THEM took an oath to "...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution...", yet not one of them will respect the 4th Amendment. The stench is overwhelming.

Is this their dumb marketing line?
By GuinnessKMF on 7/1/2011 3:47:33 PM , Rating: 1
"except it keeps your clothes on."

Except? You don't take your clothes off for the body scanners, it scans through your clothes and looks at your body, exactly like this machine does.

I hate marketing that ignores what something actually does.

By bodar on 7/1/2011 4:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point is that it only outputs measurements, not a nude image of the user. I assume (hope?) the captured image is then deleted.

RE: Is this their dumb marketing line?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/1/2011 4:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
Except? You don't take your clothes off for the body scanners, it scans through your clothes and looks at your body, exactly like this machine does.

I was just imagining that all American Airports were some kind of a twisted nudest place... Reminds me of the term "Flying Free".

By MrBlastman on 7/1/2011 4:36:45 PM , Rating: 2
"Now boarding the plank at Gate..."

Err, sorry, that's Plane, not plank. ;)

What'd the pirate say to the pirate wench?

Arrrrrrrrr! Prepare to be boarded!
Would ye like to walk me plank?

What's a Friday without a good Pirate joke?

By jtemplin on 7/1/2011 5:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
Not to be a jerk, but I thought it was quite obvious they were referring to the "hassle" of having to remove your clothing to try on clothes and see if they fit. The idea is that the measurements the scanner spits out will eliminate the need for dressing

By pjs37007 on 7/1/2011 2:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
My fiance has a heck of a time looking for pants. We were at the king of Prussia mall and tried this machine (And she won't use the airports AIT machines) she was skeptical at the results but it turned out to be exactly right. I think this works well for women especially because of how varied cloths sizes are for them. Its an interesting use of the technology and isn't even a gimmick as some people may think.

RE: MyBestFit
By Smartless on 7/1/2011 2:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
Do you think the machine can tell if you're sucking it in or stuffing your pants. I mean hypothetically speaking as I would never....

Anyway, funny how we hate doing stuff if we have no choice but will do it voluntarily. It's like your parents telling you to go to sleep. All-in-all I love the idea, next step is to start installing it exercise clubs lol.

RE: MyBestFit
By DanNeely on 7/1/2011 2:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think the biggest difference is that (in theory) there aren't any humans in the loop to snoop at pictures.

RE: MyBestFit
By Danger D on 7/5/2011 9:57:58 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. It's not the technology, it's who's taking the picture.

Problem is....
By Souka on 7/5/2011 2:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
Problem is...especially with women's clothing... knowing your measurements doesn't mean you can just go get clothes that fit.

From desinger to designer a Size 3 can vary a huge amount.

With the exception of cheaper jeans (levi, wrangler, lee) and men's dress shirts, knowing your measurements is just a starting point....

This isn't a miracle tool... and doesn't replace a simple cloth measuring tape that you can take anywhere and use any time...for free.

My $.02

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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