Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spotlight On Technology: The Qumarion™ Mannequin

If you've ever dreamed of being able to create your own quality high-quality animations using motion capture techniques, but quickly gave up the idea because of the prohibitive cost of the equipment needed, well... let's just say that the game is about to change.

Look for the release of QUMARION this summer.  Most of us have seen the artist's mannequin, a jointed stick figure used to simulate human poses.  The QUMARION is so much more than this.  It's a mannequin that not only can assume many more poses than a typical one, but has 32 built-in sensors that will allow you to control a computer-generated mannequin on your PC, and capture the motion information for developing animations.  This will reduce the learning curve for those trying to break into the field, and provide a useful tool for those who are already adept at creating animations.

QUMARION will be released in Japan initially, and while the time frame for rolling it out to international markets has not yet been officially announced, it is expected to follow shortly after.   It will be bundled together with a 3D application, available for both Windows and Mac systems.  But the most amazing part of this new technology should be the price.  It has been reported that the bundled version will be available for around $750 USD -- still a little more than the average person may be able or willing to spend, but a bargain nonetheless, considering that it will allow animators to turn out more and better quality products in a much shorter time.  This should offer huge paybacks in terms of production for 3D games, and for 3DWeb worlds such as SpotON3D/WorldWorks.

QUMARION is being developed through the collaborative efforts of SoftEther (a venture company at the University of Tsukuba in Japan) and the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.  You can find out more information on this amazing new cutting-edge technology at

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1 comment:

  1. $750...a ship in Japan only. Sometimes I wish I was born in Japan...