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~ A compact camera, built to support the tracking of smaller environments across VR, biomechanics, automotive and life science applications~
Oxford, UK – 31 July 2017 – Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the engineering, entertainment and life science industries, today announced the availability of a new camera – Vertex. Integrating seamlessly with Vicon’s existing cameras ranges Vantage and Vero, the new camera is compact, lightweight and easily mounted – making it ideal for tracking in small and complex environments.
In response to customer demand, Vertex boasts a smaller and more flexible design and wide angle field of view, allowing it to capture significant volumes in very tight spaces. As a result the camera can be used across a wide range of applications, from the automotive and life science industries to tracking in virtual reality environments.
What’s more with an industry-leading 1.3 megapixel camera, petite design and two-metre flexible cable, Vertex harnesses these features to perform inconspicuously in virtual spaces. Its unobtrusive design and infra-red strobes mean that subjects are often not aware of the camera and continue to behave naturally, which is of huge benefit to those studying biomechanics and organisations analysing the ergonomics of driver and passenger vehicle safety.
Typically it can be difficult to position standard-size cameras in VR rooms with floor-to-ceiling projected imagery, often known as a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE). With a smaller and more easily mountable design, Vertex thrives in constricted VR environments – allowing customers to effectively position the cameras in corners without casting shadows onto the projections.
With virtual reality becoming ever-present and space at a premium, Vertex helps customers to install capture volumes in small spaces of up to 3m x 3m. By utilising the camera’s wide field of view, users can track from wall-to-wall while the cameras are still within the capture space. This maximises the area, giving full coverage throughout the entire room and providing a greater level of flexibility around camera placement.
Additionally Vertex gives customers the ability to create bespoke and robust mounting solutions. Together with this lightweight build the amount of vibration felt by the cameras is reduced which means they require less calibration – resulting in quicker set-up times.
“The gap between the virtual and physical worlds are continuously merging and Vertex was designed to help experiences feel seamless and environmentally agnostic. Our system enables a wide range of engineers and technicians to easily create virtual environments from the small spaces they have available. This results in an increased ability to innovate within the virtual reality industry and gain new insights into human movement,” said Warren Lester, engineering product manager at Vicon.
Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion capture and tracking systems. It serves customers in the CG animation, object tracking, virtual and augmented realities, engineering, broadcast, biomechanics, sports and clinical sciences arenas.
Vicon is a subsidiary of Oxford Metrics (LSE: OMG), the international software company servicing government, life sciences, entertainment and engineering markets. Other holdings include Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management and IMeasureU, makers of fusing wearable technology sensors and proprietary software.
Among many others, Vicon global clients include:
Entertainment: Framestore, Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, Ninja Theory, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM, USC, EA, Capture Lab, 2K Games, CD Projekt, Digic Pictures, IO Interactive, Creative Assembly, Plarium Games, Mocap Lab, Seasun
VR: Artanim, VR Tech, Dreamscape VR, Canon, Samsung