Welcome to a World in Motion
Vicon is the leading developer of motion capture products and services for the Life Science, Entertainment and Engineering industries. We have revolutionised the motion capture industry for 30 years, consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
From developing the first commercial motion capture systems in the early 1980s, to launching the most accurate real-time entertainment software in 2012 and the world's most intelligent camera platform in 2015, Vicon's innovation has been led by you.
We've won an Academy-Award, an Emmy and several Queen's Awards for Export & Innovation to name a few, but that's not what drives us – it's the needs of our customers in over 70 countries around the world and the amazing work they do with our technology.
You inspire our creativity. How can we inspire yours?
Vicon was established in Oxford, UK in 1984 as a management buy-out from the Oxford Instruments Group by Julian Morris with some founding employees and private investors. The privately owned company flourished and grew from organically generated profits, establishing itself as a world leader in its core business of motion capture and analysis.
In 2001, Vicon's parent company, Oxford Metrics (LSE:OMG), floated on the London Stock Exchange, making Vicon a subsidiary to a public limited company. Oxford Metrics develops and markets analytics software for motion measurement and infrastructure asset management. To find out more about Vicon's sister company, visit oxfordmetrics.com/companies
In 2004, Vicon acquired Peak Performance Technologies Inc, a motion capture company specialising in video acquisition and analysis. The combined Vicon-Peak business thrived and continues to operate under the same values it has held since its inception.
Everyone at Vicon, from our CEO to our in-house production team, works together to achieve one common goal – to develop precision tracking solutions that inspire your creativity. We strive to do this by:
- If you have an idea, need to work a little differently or something has just been bugging you, we want to hear about it.
- Telling the truth
- We won't make claims we can't back up. If you ask us a question about our systems, we will always answer honestly.
- Continuing to innovate
- When you buy a Vicon system you become part of a community that has been constantly innovating for almost 30 years.
- Learning from experience
- You don't operate in an industry for three decades without learning a thing or two along the way. Being part of the Vicon community gives you access to not only our experience but the experience of our users who have been with us since the very beginning.
- Being flexible
- Need to capture a specific movement but not sure how? Have limited space or budget? If you have a unique application or research project in mind, Vicon can work with you to find the perfect solution. Just ask.
Vicon - A history
- Even though Vicon officially began trading in 1984, the original Vicon product was first introduced to market five years earlier in 1979. The system was manufactured by a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments, called Oxford Medical Systems (later Oxford Dynamics). Following a management buyout in 1984, Oxford Dynamics became Oxford Metrics and the 30 year history of Vicon began.
- In the '80s, the early adopters such as University of Strathclyde, University of Western Australia, Saitama Rehabilitation Center in Japan, and the University of West Virginia, began testing the limits of the early Vicon systems. Much of their initial research led to the development of a standardized process of motion capture for clinical gait analysis.
- As interest in motion capture grew, new markets began emerging, most notably was the rapid development of the entertainment industry. During this decade, Vicon customers created ground-breaking VFX for Titanic in 1995, and mocapped the legendary Michael Jackson in 1996. In response to this demand, Vicon launched the first motion capture system dedicated to the entertainment market – the 370E.
- This decade can be defined in two words – innovation and growth. Not only at Vicon, but the motion capture industry itself. Over this period, the Vicon customer base grew from under 1000 at the beginning of the decade, to 3500 by 2009. Some notable highlights during this time include:
- In 2003, Sony Pictures Imageworks was the first studio to use over 200 Vicon cameras for Monster House.
- Vicon launched the industry's first 4 megapixel camera in 2004 and the first 16 megapixel camera in 2008. The T160 remained the world's only 16MP motion capture camera until replaced in 2015 by the Vantage V16
- In 2009, the Bonita line of cameras made affordable, high-quality motion capture accessible to everyone, and was Vicon's fastest selling camera.
- The past six years have been incredible – we've launched the first ever reference video camera for motion capture, our industry renowned real-time software, Blade 2, and our award-winning head mounted 3D facial capture and tracking system, Cara. 2015 saw Vantage being launched to replace the T-series followed by in 2016, Vero a small but powerful replacement for Bonita which took the market by storm.