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Life sciences

THE MOST TRUSTED
MOCAP ECOSYSTEM

Designed for life sciences at every level

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Vicon works in partnership with the life sciences community to develop solutions catered to its specific and unique needs.

We provide the hardware – both optical motion capture and inertial sensing – along with the software, tools, devices and accessories to help you build your best-in-class motion capture system. Get the best quality data from the gold standard in motion.

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MAKING STATE-OF-THE-ART MOTION CAPTURE ACCESSIBLE

We offer the most advanced, customizable, end-to-end motion capture solution, covering the entire pipeline, without relying on third party software; while also providing true flexibility through integration plugins for other platforms.

This can be teamed with our highly advanced inertial sensors and mobile app for capture in the field – or integrated into your motion capture lab.

We’re also the only motion capture company with a dedicated software platform, developed specifically for the life sciences community – so all the most relevant features are in front of users.

  • Scalable & future-proof – start small and add to your set-up as needs grow
  • Combine different camera resolutions and system specifications to suit your needs
  • The most recent and current generation of our camera ranges are compatible with each other and can be used in the same system, for the greatest possible freedom when specifying system setup
  • Point releases of software are free to all users, to easily keep the system up to date with the latest features – and we roll out around two point releases a year, ensuring our customers have access to the latest functionality and bug fixes
  • Firmware updates are provided free of charge and automatically checked by the software to ensure they are maximising the hardware potential

EASILY TAILOR TO YOUR PROJECT’S PRECISE NEEDS

Whatever you need to capture – you can do it with Vicon.

  • Capture anywhere – indoors or outdoors, in adverse conditions: a racetrack, sports field, ski jump, research centre, lab
  • Track the whole body or a single part, including detailed hands, face, feet and spine
  • Clinical applications from stroke to amputee rehabilitation, limb movement studies, cerebral palsy and arthritis research, posture analysis, balance and reaching studies
  • Sports applications of all kinds: tennis, golf, athletics, running, basketball, baseball, cricket, long jump, hurdles, weightlifting, football, high jump, football, swimming
  • Capture all kinds of animals: horses, hawks, fish, dogs, sheep, rodents, insects, bees
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THE MOST EVOLVED MOTION CAPTURE ECOSYSTEM

SHAPING THE FUTURE

We combine our cutting edge hardware and software to drive the future.

Together they make up the most advanced and innovative solution for life sciences applications that you can get.

PIONEERING AND INNOVATIVE

We have a history filled with milestones and firsts.  We pioneer ground-breaking features and rigorously test them, so they can be rolled out without risk for life sciences.

  • Vicon’s Plug-in-Gait (PiG) is an out-of-the-box solution, to capture validated data on day one of system setup
  • The Conventional Gait Model (CGM) comes as standard with Nexus and is the most flexible and repeatable model available
  • We are part of the team driving the research and development forwards for CGM2
  • We were the first and only company to move to active LED calibrations – the 5-marker active wand calibrates camera position, orientation, lens properties, in one wave, for both optical and video
ABOUT US
CUTTING-EDGE HARDWARE

We design and manufacture our cameras to use the latest technology for superior processing power – they are developed to offer the best possible capture quality, so you can rely on your data.

  • We have the highest resolution optical motion capture camera on the market at 16MP since 2008 (*Passive optical mocap cameras as of May ‘19)
  • From 1.3-16 megapixels, every Vicon optical camera captures highly detailed onboard grayscale data, which helps the system define the centre of each marker to sub-millimetre precision
  • Vicon cameras can pass greyscale data captured and processed on board to the software to enable more precise and confident marker reconstructions and separations than anyone else
  • Our cameras natively support outdoor use
  • We produce our own camera lenses that are specifically developed for motion capture, to ensure the highest quality data is captured
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CUTTING-EDGE SOFTWARE

Because we develop our software with Life Sciences in mind, we are able to create unique features that are specifically tailored for your needs – and we talk to our customers to understand how we can focus our future development to react to any future needs.

Our software is capable of:

  • Using algorithms specifically tuned to take advantage of our highly accurate active calibration device, we produce the most precise and robust mocap volumes
  • Nexus’ auto-labelling is robust as it’s based on a labelling skeleton, rather than distance between markers – so it doesn’t need to be ‘trained’ as it’s algorithm-based
  • Our robust and highly advanced reconstruction algorithms ensure you get the best data possible, no matter what you capture – from small markers in a highly-dense model, to outdoor high-speed captures of a horse in gallop
  • Researchers count on our consistently low latency as it ensures real-time bio-feedback
  • Precisely synchronise data from third party biomechanical devices with your Vicon system
  • The automatic presentation of key data quality parameters in an easy-to-understand way give confidence in the results, before the subject has left the volume
  • Our technology and features ensure all the raw data collected by the cameras is used (other systems discard 2D images where markers are merging), and is essential for getting good data, especially from dense marker sets
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UNBEATABLE SUPPORT AND ADDED VALUE

Did you know?

  • We have a team of over 20 customer application engineers, with 13 of those focused on the life sciences market (*As of May ’19)
  • Our team is made up of engineers with clinical science, biomechanics and sports science backgrounds, and has 17 Masters and PhDs among them (*Globally, July ’19)
  • Demonstrating our commitment to excellent and highly personalized customer service, our support team clocks in over 300 days of face-to-face life sciences customer visits per year – increasing every year (*Globally, since ‘11)
  • We have over 30 life sciences support documents and close to 700 pages of help on our life sciences software on our website (*docs.vicon.com, May ’19)
  • We have the best distributors in the market who earn their accreditation by meeting our stringent criteria and rigorous training requirements, ensuring they add value to the customer
  • We have an extensive library of free online tutorials on our software and systems
  • We offer a wide variety of service and support contracts, so you are covered for any eventuality
  • We provide support for issues – even at short notice – online or over the phone
  • Under a premier support contract, replacement hardware is shipped within a working day
  • Full installation takes 2-3 days, with in-depth training on running and automating the system, so users are adept in data capture, processing, and refining their pipelines
  • Vicon user guides are included in the software – click on help and see all the online documents relating to life sciences

You can count on us to support you on every step of your motion capture journey.

Read more on our Support page.

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FITS INTO YOUR WORKFLOW

Your Vicon system is designed to neatly fit into your project or research.

You probably already know that you can integrate third party devices into your Vicon lab, whether analogue or digital – everything from force plates, to EMG sensors, eye trackers, inertial sensors, or more complex equipment.

And you may already be aware that with Vicon you have access to the most flexible range of modelling languages: Nexus integrates with MATLAB, Python, Visual3d, LabView, or use our own free built-in system, ProCalc.

But did you realize that the Nexus feature-set has been designed specifically for life sciences, offering data management, reconstruction, subject calibration, one-click pipeline processing, event identification, automatic capture, and direct MATLAB/Python integration?

Or that you can create tailored workflow templates, covering processes as simple or as detailed as you need?

HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE AND TIME EFFICIENT

Vicon’s solutions fit your life sciences workflow; tailor to your project’s precise needs and help automate your workflow.

  • Fully automate the entire processing pipeline: from labelling, to event detection, biomechanical modelling, data export, and post-capture analysis
  • Nexus natively auto labels markers – saving precious time identifying markers, capturing & processing the data
  • Nexus works with custom marker sets – the flexible auto labeller provides the user with choices for their model, from simple to complex
  • The Nexus labelling skeleton can share markers between segments for ease of marker application and to save time applying markers
  • ProCalc is fully integrated with the Vicon Nexus processing pipeline, providing a customizable solution for biomechanical modelling, that isn’t based on learning a script language – you can define all the calculations using a simple graphical user interface
  • With ProCalc you can create your own calculations for biomechanical models, and full integration with Nexus means model processing can occur automatically within a pipeline

A COMMUNITY-CENTRIC APPROACH

Installations in 75 countries

You’re in great company with Vicon – we have over 2,000 installations in over 75 countries worldwide. And that’s just Life Sciences alone, as of today.

Worlds biggest optical mocap

While we may be the world’s largest motion capture company, we believe in building strong relationships with our customers – demonstrated by the fact that many of our customers  today have been with us since the start, over 35 years ago.

Charitable donations

We give back to the community that made us who we are today. We’ve made charitable donations to life sciences applications in Ethiopia, India and Tanzania. And we carry out a variety of student support activity including sponsorship, covering exhibition costs, and system support.

Largest biomechnaics community

When you work with Vicon, you’re joining the family.  Together, our customers go to make up the largest biomechanics community in the word.  Read out latest customer publication here.

SYSTEM COMPONENTS

SOFTWARE
TOOLS
FLAGSHIP CAMERA
OTHER CAMERA
INERTIAL
APP
DEVICES
ACCESSORIES

Nexus

Our renowned software developed specifically for the life sciences community.  With Vicon you don’t get a one-size-fits-all approach, we tailor our products to your unique needs.

With it you can:

  • Trust your system to capture clinically-validated data
  • Carry out powerful analysis and modelling of data
  • Save time with highly customisable yet simple processing pipelines
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Nexus

DOWNLOADS

Vicon provides a range of useful tools, utilities and information for our customers that are all fully integrated with our Nexus software.  Visit our downloads page to see what’s available:

  • Models and scripts – e.g. Oxford Foot Model
  • Reporting software – Polygon
  • System setup app – Vicon Control
  • Third party plugins
  • Sample data sets
  • Utilities
  • SDKs
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DOWNLOADS

VANTAGE

Our cutting-edge camera, Vicon Vantage, will transform the way you think about motion capture. With its advanced technology, intelligent controls and intuitive design, it puts the power to capture in your hands.

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VANTAGE

Vero

Vero combines market-leading resolution and speed at an unrivalled price point. Like its bigger brother, Vantage, Vero has on-board sensors that monitor camera position and temperature to ensure optimal performance at all times.

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Vero

BLUE TRIDENT

The next generation of our market-leading IMU, Blue Trident is a lightweight, easy to use, flexible and reliable inertial sensor. From elite to grassroots sports, the improved, form-fitting device can capture the highest load activities and provide immediate real-time analysis in the field.

Capture up to 200g with this dual-sensor inertial device and you immediately have access to data encompassing the peaks of the body’s performance, to measure activity, analyse improvements and chart recovery.

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BLUE TRIDENT

VICON CAPture.u

A free iOS mobile app for Blue Trident users. Connect multiple sensors to provide real-time overlay of data on video, or use one of the built-in “capture modes” to provide precise human movement insights faster in the field. Data can be recorded in three capture modes with personalized benchmarks set by the user.

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VICON CAPture.u

LOCK LAB

Lock Lab and Lock Studio are Vicon’s control boxes for connecting, integrating and synchronizing third-party devices with your Vicon motion capture system – whether analog or digital.

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LOCK LAB

MARKERS, SUITS and TAPE

Find all the accessories you need for your application here, ready to buy online: markers for affixing to the body (human or animal) and tape to attach them.

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MARKERS, SUITS and TAPE

BACKED UP BY VICON’S HERITAGE & HISTORY IN LIFE SCIENCES

Vicon began over 35 years ago in the life sciences field and has a long and renowned history when it comes to launching pioneering technologies to push forward the realms of the possible. Working hand-in-hand with the life sciences community, Vicon solutions have many years of clinical validation behind them and are used by the majority of the world’s gait labs. Vicon systems have more research articles and citations – over four times more – than any other manufacturer.

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