PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR TC 437: INFORMATIONAL MULTIMEDIA
BY
JASON D. GROSE


The major assignment for this class is to design a multimedia project using the concepts discussed during the course. To this end, the project was left pretty wide open and just about the only parameters for the project were limits of the imagination. The technology need not necessarily exist as long as the concept was believable. May I introduce my resulting idea: The BodyCast System.

One of the things that most people have in common is a desire to improve their physique, no matter what level they are at. Overweight people would like to be thinner. Skinny people want more muscles. Perfect people want to be “perfecter.”

So many products exist that claim to help people to their envisioned goal. Diets, drugs, exercise equipment, self-help books, trainers, hypnosis, surgery, and the list goes on. What many people have known for years is that it is not what you do or put into your body that is the most important factor, it is the mental attitude that comes out of your body that counts. How many times have you started working out, got frustrated at what seems hopeless, and then fall back into your old routines? Why does this happen? Because results come slow and hard work in the beginning shows very little tangible results besides soreness and discomfort. Here is where the BodyCast System comes in.

When most people envision themselves at their ideal physical form, they usually mentally borrow a body from a famous actor or model. When the Tom Cruise body remains looking like a Tom Arnold body, frustration sets in. Even with years of work, that idealized body type may not be achieved because body types are different from person to person. What would be more realistic would be to envision what YOUR body would look like, not someone else’s.

This is the concept of BodyCast. It is a computer that scans your body from a variety of angles and then digitizes the image. The user then answers a few questions such as weight, age, weight goals, etc. With this information, the computer manipulates the image to requested weight specifications. The computer would then generate a three-dimensional holographic image projected into real space that a person could walk around and inspect from all angles. So an overweight person could see what they looked like at their ideal weight, in three dimensions, and in a variety of outfits. A skinny person could see what they would look like with mounds of muscles. The perfect person could see how they will appear in their more perfect state.

Other uses could be for entertainment, making a young person old, a skinny person hefty, a large person skinny, etc. Maybe an senior citizen would like to see what they looked like decades ago. Suppose a child would like to see what they will look like as an adult. A women could see how the miracle of pregnancy would change her body. The possibilities are endless.

The main purpose for this system would be for motivational purposes. No longer must a person visualize, usually beyond reason, what they will look like if they keep on their diet and exercise regimen. The BodyCast System can show you!