The Gait Tunnel was previously the only facility in the UK specifically arranged to produce state-of-the-art multiview image sequences of walking people to construct a real-time 3D computer vision silhouette. It could take measurements that recognised the totally unique gait patterns that give us all our own walking fingerprint.
The Gait Tunnel served as a research tool to investigate new ideas: for example work was previously undertaken to develop a way to reconstruct the footage seen in a surveillance camera so that it appears from a different viewpoint.
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Businesses could use the tunnel as a basis of a system to recognise people as they walk through, or to analyse them for gait abnormalities.
This was a real-time 3D computer vision. We did not use a Kinect or a structured light system; it was like a 3D video recorder.
The gait laboratory received extensive media coverage, including on BBC News, Newsnight and ABC Australia.