Qumarion mannequin motion puppet input device for 3D manipulation & animation

“The Qumarion is a mannequin input device developed to simplify the manipulation and posing of human-like 3D CG models on screen.

It uses QUMA technology, codeveloped by two university ventures, SoftEther from University of Tsukuba, and ViVienne from The University of Electro-Communications, which transfers pose data from sensors on the mannequin to the 3D application in real time. The mannequin features 32 sensors on 16 joints and data from each joint is transferred to the PC via USB at 120 fps, enabling the 3D model to instantly display the poses.

“Until now, handling 3D models was in some ways non-intuitive and difficult. Also, depending on the software, dragging can make movements unnatural. So we wanted to handle models more intuitively, by moving a mannequin. That’s why we’ve made QUMARION.”

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