3 places you may not expect to use our mocap software

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21 October 2021

When you think of motion capture, you may just think of a green screen or a laboratory, or  a bunch of cameras. But the process is a lot more exciting than that. Our software has experienced a trampoline, a ballet studio, the hills of Mount Doom, an ice rink, and more. 

Over the years we’ve had the privilege of servicing clients who are using our motion capture software to produce cutting-edge research for a range of different industries. Here are some of our favorite projects our mocap tech has been used for, and the unexpected places it’s been used in:

1. In the police force

Dr Franky Mulloy, from the University of Lincoln, used our software to prevent injuries in the police force. He and his team found that because of body armor and tactical vests, the police have a high prevalence of neck (76% of nearly 400 police surveyed) and upper back problems (84%). 

As a result of these findings, he was motivated to partner with a global tactical vest manufacturer that equips the majority of the UK police forces. Using Motion Analysis software, he identified what changes needed to be made to the tactical vests so they’d better coordinate with the torso and head to reduce neck and back strain in dynamic activities. 

Read the full case study here

Did you know? Our Cortex system enables users to track multiple subjects, including an entire squad if needed and the low-latency streaming of our systems means that the experience of motion sickness in subjects can be largely reduced. As a result, it’s a great solution for applications such as military training in immersive, real-time 3D virtual reality environments.

2. In a wind tunnel

Chiara Ercolani, a Ph.D. student at the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory (DISAL) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, along with her team, recently explored how a micro aerial vehicle (drone) could be used to detect gas leaks.

In order to conduct this experiment, an electric pump was set up in a wind tunnel facility with laminarized wind flow of adjustable speed, to create a gas plume. The team then utilized two localization strategies – an Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) localization system with 8 beacons and our Motion Capture System (MCS) with 13 cameras – to determine what effect each of the following localization methods would have on the outcome of the gas source localization. They examined sensor location as well as performance under various conditions.

The outcome was that the motion capture system offered better performance under all tested environmental conditions, making the drone faster and more efficient. 

Read the full case study here

Did you know? Our motion capture cameras offer compact design, high accuracy, and robust performance. Our camera models are all “plug and play,” field upgradeable, and compatible with our other cameras.

3. In an equestrian centre

Centorid, a performance capture and virtual production studio, are one of the early adopters of Motion Analysis systems and have an impressive portfolio of work which includes Assassin’s Creed; Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare; Need for Speed Payback; Dr Strange; Pacific Rim Uprising; Beauty and the Beast; Game of Thrones (Seasons 6 and 7); Hulk VR Experience; and Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR.

By using our camera system, they have the option to shoot on set or outside in natural environments – including in an equestrian centre! This is due to the flexibility of our camera configurations allowing our clients to work on complex shoots in a variety of environments. 

Read the full case study here

Did you know? Cortex enables a significantly larger amount of animation data to be produced compared to traditional animation techniques, reducing overall production costs and post-production time.

Want to find out how Cortex could benefit your research or production? Contact us for a demo today.