Xsens Launches New Mocap Technology
November 7, 2017

Xsens Launches New Mocap Technology

ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS — Xsens (xsens.com), an innovator in 3D motion tracking technology, has announced the official launch of MVN Animate 2018, a disruptive software solution that takes a new appeoach to motion capture. Fundamentally different to past releases, MVN Animate 2018 is Xsens' first motion capture software release to solve several issues that have plagued inertial motion capture in the past — primarily, magnetic distortion. This means users can capture anywhere, anytime, without concern for their environment, and receive Hollywood-grade data.
MVN Animate 2018 is an inertial-based motion capture solution that can go head to head with optical systems on accuracy of data. The proprietary motion capture software is used in conjunction with Xsens MVN hardware to record, monitor and analyze movement. While optical solutions require markers, volumes and cameras, Xsens inertial technology can be used anywhere with no need for such paraphernalia. Users can capture anywhere, in any environment, with total reliability – and without the need for extensive post-capture clean-up or editing. 

Inertial technology uses gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers rather than digital cameras, volumes and markers to capture movement. In the past, data captured using inertial techniques suffered from environmental magnetic distortion, caused by the presence of metals in furniture, buildings, vehicles and other objects. MVN Animate 2018 solves this issue, as it is immune to magnetic distortion thanks to a new mo-cap engine that extracts more information from the same data. This brings the benefits of all types of motion capture into one streamlined package. 

MVN Animate 2018 eliminates drawbacks to previous iterations of inertial motion capture technology, such as drift, foot slide, contact handling, and distorted height tracking and 3D position. Using MVN Animate 2018 means that there is a much-reduced need for expensive clean-up. It’s plug-and-play and works seamlessly with major 3D packages like Unity, Unreal and Autodesk tools.

Xsens MVN Animate is available now and will be shipped with every new Xsens purchase. All current customers with a valid support contract can upgrade for free. Xsens is also set to release MVN Analyze 2018, a new version of the software tailored to the sports science, biomechanics and ergonomics markets.