Category Archives: Hardware

Xsens MVN Animate announced

MVN Animate is the proprietary software suite for Xsens MVN motion capture suite.

The package comes in two flavors “Animate” and “Animate Pro”, with options for annual or lifetime subscriptions. A livestream data plugin is available for Maya, Motionbuilder, and Unity3D.

Typical pricing with Xsens, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

https://www.xsens.com/software/mvn-animate/

Smartsuit Studio for Mac OS

Rokoko has announced Smartsuit Studio for Mac OS X, adding to the Windows 10 and Linux versions. Smartsuit Studio software allows real-time visualization of Smartsuit data, motion capture recording, and FBX and BVH export.

The Smartsuit offers a self-contained motion capture solution in a ready-to-wear package with wireless inertial data streaming and on-board recording. Calibration takes less than one minute.

Smartsuit Pro includes one Smartsuit, a Smartsuit Studio license, and native plugins for Unity, Unreal, and Motionbuilder for $2500, delivered in 4-6 weeks. A bundle of 3 Smartsuits is $6500. Smartgloves are expected in 2018.
Learn more at Rokoko.com

iPhone X Face Tracking

Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face.

The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions in 12 Animoji.

see: Apple buys Faceshift

IKinema Orion

IKinema Orion is an animation technology that uses a standard HTC Vive VR headset and trackers to deliver motion capture, as well as live body tracking for VR content. IKinema’s software body-solving solution helps position the figure according to the six tracked points: head, hands, hips, and feet.

 


Vive’s “lighthouse” laser tracking system uses base stations that sweep the play area with a vertical and horizontal laser line 100 times per second. The sensors on the tracker see the laser flashes and send timing data back to the computer, either through the HTV headset or wirelessly via a small usb rf dongle. With two or more base stations in line-of-sight, the trackers can triangulate their position in space. Remarkably, the system can scale to larger areas with additional base stations and additional trackers.

The required hardware is somewhat configurable. A headset, hand controllers, and two base stations retail for around $800, and individual trackers can be purchased at around $100 each. IKinema is licensing Orion at $500/yr per seat, making a complete system $1600 with the headset, or under $1400 for a 6-tracker solution with 2 base stations.

https://ikinema.com/Orion