Cologne, 2 November 2018 – Picanova and Embody Digital teamed up for Visual 1st that took place in San Francisco last week. Ari Shapiro, Founder and CEO of Embody Digital, presented his solution to create personalized avatars from 3D scans. As a highlight, Embody Digital animated Hans Hartmann, Chair of Visual 1st, who was 3D-scanned by Picanova’s full body scanner during photokina at the end of September in Cologne. The partnership was a great success, resulting in the ‘Best Technology’ being awarded to Embody Digital for animating Picanova’s 3D scan during the conference.

Ari Shapiro, Founder of Embody Digital, comments: “We are thrilled receiving this award. The ability to control our online digital personas – what we look like, what we say and how we are seen –  has never been greater than what is possible today with 3D scanning and embodiment technologies.”

“The award shows us that 3D scans and animated avatars for gaming or sporting apps are the future. We will continue working together with Embody Digital and offer our combined products and services to various industry sectors worldwide” said Philipp Mühlbauer, co-founder and managing director of Picanova Group. “Besides animating people from their 3D full body scans, we look forward to also deriving measurements for cloth fitting purposes.”

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Ari Shapiro, Founder of Embody Digital, receives the ‚Best Technology‘ Award

Hans Hartmann, Chair of Visual 1st, with his 3D figurine


Picanova makes people around the world happier by providing high-quality photographic products, individual wall decorations and home design and lifestyle at affordable prices.

Picanova is a world-leading manufacturer of individual wall decorations and individual home and lifestyle products. With four production facilities in Germany, the US, Latvia and China, the company produces high-quality, long-lasting premium products that aim to bring happiness into the lives of private customers and professional business partners in more than 170 countries.

Additionally, Picanova is a technology partner offering innovative B2B solutions to support its design, photography and retail partners from production through to sales and delivery as a global fulfilment partner.

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