Detail of the motion capture suit | © 2005 Mike Priddy
The motion capture system is an exo-skeleton based system called 'Gypsy', made by Animazoo (www.animazoo.com). The Unit has three full suits, one torso (suit without legs), and one MIDI interface torso. The acquisition of the suits has been linked to the development of a commercial relationship with the small company that produced them, providing R&D, critical feedback, training and new product development in partnership with the inventors. The system is complex, and requires support from the Unit to operate, but the results are on a par with anything else offered in world of motion capture, with the added benefit of a number of direct research opportunities.
Gregory Sporton in a motion capture suit | © 2005 Mike Priddy
The system has already been demonstrated for use with dancers and athletes, in areas like human movement analysis and motor skill learning in addition to the applications for animation and gaming.
In addition to the more traditional applications for motion capture the VRU are currently engaged in a number of activities exploring more abstract visual outputs from the suits. This work is examining the process and the potentials of using physicality to control and influence visual outputs.
If you have a project or and idea that you feel could explore the potentials of this technology or you would just like to find out more motion capture please read on.