Sensor-laden motion capture suits have become a big part of Hollywood. These suits allow filmmakers to capture the motions of an actor and convert them in real-time into animated characters.
Until now, motion capture suits cost upwards of $20,000 - much too expensive for the average Hollywood wanna-be. But a new Kickstarter project, which reached its funding goal with just hours to go, aims to make Salto suits available for $700.
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For virtual reality gamers or low-budget filmmakers, this is a dream.
The suit was created by a group of students who met at the National Film School of Denmark. In the video below, the narrator tells us that the group wanted to make live animation theater.
They found an expert and launched Rokoko Electronics in Copenhagen. An entry-level version of their Salto suit comes with 19 sensors. A pricier version includes a hub and developer kit plus additional suit sensors - anywhere from 33 to 132 of them.
Users connect the suit to computer software and once everything is up and running, the wearer's movements are captured by the sensors and transmitted via Wi-Fi or a cable to a computer or smartphone.
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The suit has already been used for live animation theater as well as for the treatment of children with autism. It can also be integrated with virtual reality games.
Rokoko Electronics is also offering a game called Reptilicus VR, which demonstrates how the suit works in conjunction with a video game and VR goggles.
The campaign is almost over, but there's still time to grab a suit if you really need one.