Wednesday, October 15, 2008

DDI to Talk Human Form Scanning and Maryland’s Favorite Olympian on 98 Rock

Tomorrow, October 16th, Direct Dimensions president Michael Raphael will appear on Baltimore radio station 98 Rock’s “Mickey, Amelia, and Spiegel” morning show to discuss one of DDI’s specialties: scanning the human form. DDI had previously scanned radio DJ Amelia for a “Bust of a Bust”-- a marble sculpture was created from a scan of her torso, and proceeds from the resulting auction benefited the Maryland Zoo.

Some of our favorite past projects at DDI have involved scanning people and the human form. We’ve digitized a maquette of former Baltimore Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr., and Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Lewis. When we were highlighted at Wired Magazine’s NextFest, we had the opportunity to scan actress Kelly Ripa, and were subsequently featured on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The data from these, and similar scans, can be digitally modeled and then produced in several formats-- busts, sculptures, laser-embossed crystals, coins, video game skins and animations. The options are endless, and all produced in near-exact detail, and in materials that range from wood to bronze to glass and beyond.

So what’s next for DDI? We’d love the opportunity to use our technology to document an exceptional athlete—perhaps 14-time Olympic medalist and national hero, Michael Phelps. With so much buzz about Phelps’ uniquely perfect swimmers’ build, DDI has unparalleled technology to exactly capture his form for a true-to-life sculpture which could be produced for the planned Olympian’s Park in Towson, MD. How cool would that be?

For more information about tomorrow’s broadcast, tune in to Mickey, Amelia, and Spiegel on 98 Rock (97.9 Baltimore), or visit

You can check out more of DDI’s human scanning projects here: Direct Dimensions Featured Projects.