A new low-cost 3D full body scanner that also offers new levels of functionality is described as a "breakthrough" by its developer.

Technology firm [TC]² says the KX-16 model not only comes in below the $10,000 price point for the first time, but is also small enough to fit in changing room spaces.

Body scanning software includes automatic body measurements at over 400 unique points, manual measurement features, embedded size selection for stock size apparel, and embedded made-to-measure output features for apparel CAD systems.

There is also automatic 3D digital avatar creation from the scan, and a virtual fashion feature to allow virtual try-on of clothes.

The development of the new scanner has been helped by new low-cost 3D scanning sensors, like the Microsoft XBOX Kinect sensor which utilises technology from Primesense Corporation.

[TC]² already has nearly 200 3D body scanning sites around the world, beginning with the 3T6 which was released in 1997, cost $200,000 and required 200 square feet.

The KX-16, it says, represents a 20-times reduction in price and a 10-times reduction in size from that first product. The new model is also one-third the price of [TC]²'s current market-leading body scanning product, the NX-16, but has the same 20 square feet footprint and 16 sensor design to take accurate and complete body scans.

The KX-16 will be on display at the Asian Workshop on 3D body scanning technologies in Tokyo April 17-18, and at Texprocess Americas at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from 24-26 April.