German creative technology agency, Demodern, has created a virtual reality experience for PETA that features real-time talking animals. In Eye to Eye, participants are given the chance to engage and converse with a CG generated rabbit that speaks with at eye level. In a collaboration with creative agency, Kolle Rebbe, the VR experience was conceived to give audiences a unique perspective into the lives of animals.
J-Wave Innovation World Festa is an annual “experience-based” festival that welcomes visitors to an opportunity to think about the future. The two-day event which took place September 28 and 29 in Tokyo, includes talk sessions with artists and innovators from every corner of Japan. There are also showcases of the latest technological experiences in AR, VR, and AI. During the event, Noitom showcased its motion capture along with NOTCH VFX software at the Aiuto Japan booth.
Fans of the Divergent film franchise can now experience the excitement of the movies in VR at the Lionsgate Entertainment World theme park which opened its doors this summer in Zhuhai, China on July 31. Dauntless Fear Simulator —based on one of the societal factions featured in the Divergent books and films’ plot—lets players tackle their darkest fears through a series of daunting challenges during the 15 minute-long, heart-thumping experience that includes a high-altitude challenge, maze, and outdoor adventure. The game’s virtual world set up is replicated exactly as it is in the Divergent films.
Belfast-based digital arts charity, WheelWorks, is on a mission to teach young people about the world of motion capture. Their digital academy offers young people across Northern Ireland the opportunity to learn how to code and make their own games, how to animate characters in 3D, and how to use augmented reality and virtual reality with motion capture.
Perception Neuron Studio introduces a new ecosystem of products designed to build an inertial mocap system into an advanced hybrid tracking motion capture solution. At SIGGRAPH 2019, Noitom announced the release of a new line in their range of motion capture products. Perception Neuron Studio is a first-of-its-kind, full-body inertial motion capture system that can be outfitted, a-la-carte, with hardware and software add-ons for advanced motion capture applications. With Perception Neuron Studio, Noitom is able to offer absolute positioning and object tracking for the first time. Accessories such as inertial/optical hybrid trackers and full-finger capture gloves will give creators more freedom to capture rigorous body motions for uses including live performance, biomechanical analysis, virtual production, and VR simulation.
This week, the Noitom crew attended their first-ever San Diego Comic-Con where press and attendees were treated to the Alice Space mixed-reality Lunar Landing experience. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, guests to the Noitom Alice Space booth were met with the breathtaking journey from a lunar craft, all the way to the surface of the moon.
Noitom has announced the winners of the Mocap Like A Pro motion capture contest. In February, the motion capture technology company announced the launch of their Mocap Like A Pro contest, a call to Mocap Disruptors around the world to submit their most creative, game-changing idea for mocap in the fields of education, arts, entertainment, science, sports, and health. Entrants from around the world submitted 2-minute long videos introducing themselves and explaining their project. On July 15, 209, five winners were announced. They were:
Grand Prize — RT GFX Empowered by Dance by Kyle Smith of Canada (Art)
Grand Prize Runner Up — Rehabilitation Assessment System Of Pneumatic Upper Limb Exoskeleton by Maker Studio of China (Health)
Judge's Favorite — Throughline by Dane Armour of Canada (Art)
People's Choice — Without You, A Feature Quality 2D Animated Series by Ibis Fernandez of Texas, USA (Entertainment)
Special Recognition — Signamy by Briana Osorio of Mexico (Education)
Be a Clown, the famous song says. Now the age-old clown routines that have been seen on stage for more than a century are getting the digital treatment. Media Clown, brings to life the traditional clown routines of the past with an added digital landscape that lets the clown performers exist in both the physical and virtual worlds.
The world premiere of Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a contemporary art exploration in progressive fantasy-style of the classic tale retold by Magic Reality Group, will debut this month in Miami and New York. The EDM-influenced performance explores Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and will showcase the first-ever fusion of live contemporary ballet dance with real-time avatars projected on-stage. Magic Reality Group used Perception Neuron motion capture to bring the avatars to life.
Facial Mocap is here!!! In a new partnership with facial animation software maker FaceRig, Noitom announces a new specially-priced bundle which combines Perception Neuron’s inertial-based motion capture with Facerig’s real-time facial animation software, to give users a complete character animation creation tool that includes movement in every part of the body including now the face. Facerig allows anyone with a webcam to instantly embody any character. Users can choose to record, export, or broadcast full body motion capture. The combination of both Perception Neuron and Facerig’s real-time capability makes it possible for users to have access to instant digital cosplay. Facerig offers a wide range of original stock characters to choose from, and their built in tools make it possible to input users’ own, pre-created characters. The Perception Neuron and Facerig Studio suite is available on the Perception Neuron website and includes the 32 Alum Perception Neuron motion capture system with Facerig’s real-time animation software for just under $1,750. Facerig users interested in adding Perception Neuron’s motion capture to their software, will receive a 10% discount toward the purchase of the motion capture system with proof of ownership. To get our exclusive Facerig Studio + Perception Neuron package, visit our store now!
Choreographer, Yuh Egami and composer and experimentalist, Mike Yip and Multi-media artist, James Kong have collaborated to create the Hong Kong Ballet's, Wordless Letter. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's suicide note, Egami was challenged by both the choreography and the choreographic method when creating new work. Combining Yip's original music with Kong's multimedia design and Perception Neuron motion capture technology, Wordless Letter compels its audience to imagine things that cannot be seen.
MIT Hacking Arts 2017 took place the weekend of November 11th & 12th at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, bringing together creative technologists, artists, innovators and hackers to explore the future of the arts at the annual Conference, Arts & Tech Expo and Hackathon. Noitom played a role in this year's event, sponsoring a hacking challenge for our Perception Neuron motion capture system. Participating teams had 24-hours to complete an original project to push innovation in the arts and entertainment field. This year, the theme for MIT Hacking Arts was, Why Human. Teams working with Perception Neuron were challenged to “give the body a digital voice” and create a project that would enable human movement to be captured and translated into digital data to create or enhance the art forms of the future. Winners of the Perception Neuron challenge were selected after a round of presentations with judges. The winning team —made up of students from Harvard, UToronto and Rhode Island School of Design—created Choreosome, a shared platform that preserves the cultural heritage and traditions of dance forms from around the world using Perception Neuron motion capture. The team was awarded with a check for $1,000 and a Perception Neuron 32 Alum system (one Perception Neuron system was also given to each of the participating teams). Choreosome was also awarded with the Hacking Arts Best Overall Hack, making them the big winners of the hackathon. On behalf of the entire Noitom family, we would like to congratulate team members, Jenny Fan, Saif Haobsh, Kenneth So, Grace Young and Mahika Phutane for a fantastic job. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on the progress of Choresome!
Noitom's real-time Perception Neuron motion capture system, joined Notch real-time visual effects software maker, at the Live Design International (LDI) Tradeshow and Conference in las Vegas from November 17th to 19th. LDI hosts over 13,000 attendees working in theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, and houses of worship, as well as a wide range of international live and broadcast venues. Attendees from more than 80 countries come to LDI to see the latest gear in action, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. Making a combined effort, Perception Neuron and Notch showed LDI attendees how real-time graphics software timed with the body's movements can make for an unforgettable live show experience. With a Perception Neuron system, the real-time graphics, VFX and VR capability of Notch can be combined with the movements of a performer, dancer or DJ to create an on-screen visual storyboard. We are looking forward to working more with this unique company. Stay tuned for upcoming projects!
It has been nearly four years since we first launched Perception Neuron, and now in 2018, we are finally ready for the latest version of our motion capture system.
The new Perception Neuron, PN2.0, will now be a part of the bigger Perception Neuron ecosystem, meaning, all of the system's parts will be compatible with all accessories. One of the new accessories that will be available is the Perception Neuron full-body suit which can be easily connected to the sensor straps. Many of the new features of Perception Neuron are items that users have been requesting over the years. Some of the changes include: anti-slip straps, reinforced cables, new sockets, and new and improved working modes. A new working mode will make it possible to get full-body tracking with just four sensors. We are excited to bring you this new version of your go-to motion capture tool. Stay tuned for its official release this month!
Noitom introduced its first product for the consumer market during CES 2017. The Hi5 VR Glove delivers full hand and finger action motion within a virtual environment with the use of IMU sensors, the same technology used for the Perception Neuron mocap suit. Partnering with HTC Vive for the annual show, Noitom introduced the Hi5 Glove (a set of two) as the newest accessory for VR which promises lightening-fast response, pinpoint accuracy and plug and play convenience. The Hi5 VR Glove contains six, nine-axis IMU sensors on each finger for full left-and-right hand motion capture with high-performance tracking. With the advent of this latest product announcement, Noitom continues to further establish itself as a major player in the virtual reality industry. Learn more about the Hi5 VR Glove here. The Hi5 VR Glove will make its official launch into the consumer market in Spring 2017.
Reggie Watts is Live in VR with AltspaceVR and Perception Neuron
Reggie Watts—comic, genius and epic improvisationalist will be performing live-in-VR this Thursday May 26 at 8 pm Pacific Time. This is going to be the first event of its kind featuring live stand-up comedy in a completely virtual environment. What makes it even more exciting for us is that Reggie will be wearing Perception Neuron to track his movements inside AltspaceVR's virtual venue. If you have ever watched a performance by Reggie (and you can here), then you know anything can happen when he's on stage. From various worldly accents to breaking into a soulful, impromptu song, his performances are known for their spontaneity. Now, thanks to AltspaceVR and with the help of a little VR magic, anyone, anywhere can tune in to catch this live performance. The show is completely free and all you need to do is sign-up to AltspaceVR, wait for Thursday 8 pm Pacific Time, put on your VR gear and tune in. Get more info and register for the show here. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!