Motion capture made easy

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The technology that made Gollum look so real in the Lord of the Rings films is becoming a whole lot easier to use.

The Rokoko Smartsuit Pro puts an entire motion-capture studio in one markerless suit. Instead of putting many individual electrode-like markers all over an actor’s body, one can simply step into a pair of special coveralls, enabling creators on all levels to turn any space into a professional motion capture stage.

The NCSU Libraries hosts a free, public demonstration of the Rokoko Smartsuit on Wednesday, July 26, 9-10 a.m. in the Multimedia Seminar Center at the D. H. Hill Library. The suit will not actually be at the Libraries to try out—the demonstration will be broadcast live from Rokoko’s offices in Copenhagen and will include a question-and-answer session.

If there is interest, the Libraries will try to get a suit to experiment with, says Chris Erdmann, Chief Strategist for Research Collaboration. This is Rokoko’s first demonstration at a university, meaning NC State is itself a test case for the suit’s potential in an academic setting.

“When I first learned of Rokoko, I thought their approach really matched our approach in the Libraries, to making cutting-edge technologies more accessible to our students and faculty,” says Erdmann.

“What I like about the Smartsuit they have developed is that it lowers the cost of motion capture. Instead of building an expensive studio, the suit is portable and potentially allows the Libraries to lend out this experience to the NC State community.”