The dined.nl website gives an overview on how anthropometric data can be used when facing design challenges. Additionally it provides a free available set of anthropometric data in a format that is optimized for use in product design.
The objective of DINED.nl is to offer help when a designer or a researcher needs data about body dimensions. This knowledge is called Anthropometry and is usually divided into 1D, 2D and 3D sources of data. Traditional data are measured by tape and a large caliper called and anthropometer. The outcome is mostly presented in an average value and a SD (standard deviation) and or percentiles. Currently we 3D scan people and can store the shape of their bodies. The problem raises then how to present the data when you have measured the headforms of 100 children. We are now working on it.
One of our former PhD candidates Roger Ball measured Chinese Head Forms and compared them with western Head forms. His results can be found on www.sizechina.com. PhD candidate Lye Goto will be the next that will deliver her 3D childrens headform data to DINED, which is expected to be in 2017.