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.”


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

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.


Rokoko Smartsuit Pro

Rokoko has announced limited pre-orders for the Smartsuit Pro, a 19-sensor athletic suit for wireless motion capture. The suit was developed under a kickstarter campaign as SALTO.


“An entire motion capture studio in one wireless bodysuit
that is accessible and intuitive to everybody.”


Less than 150 suits are available for an invite-only early promotion, with shipping promised for February 20, 2017. Prices have not officially been announced, but expect in the range of US$2500. A Smartglove is also is in development.



  • Full body textile suit
  • Body sensors
  • Customized cables
  • Hub
  • Suit cover


  • Smartsuit Studio (Pro License)
  • Native plugins: MotionBuilder, Unreal and Unity
  • SDK

The Smartsuit Studio software allows real-time visualization of your data. You can track your movements and modify them in realtime or record them for later use. You’ll be a creator in the original sense of the word.

Export data to FBX and BVH and use anywhere
Use your exact body measures
See diagnostics for the suits in use
Real-time visualization
Up to 5 actors at the same time