July 7, 2022 – StretchSense, a New Zealand-based provider of hand and finger motion capture solutions for film production and virtual reality (VR), has announced the launch of its new ‘StretchSense MoCap Pro Fidelity’ device, the newest iteration of the company’s motion capture glove.
According to StretchSense, the MoCap Pro Fidelity can measure all hand movement directly from the joints, rather than using complex algorithms to compensate for blind spots. This helps to provide quality motion capture at lightning production speeds, which the company believes will open up new creative possibilities in areas such as character animation.
“This utterly transforms the business model of game and VFX studios allowing them to creatively align, take on more work, and produce more and better content,” said StretchSense CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Benjamin O’Brien.
The new Fidelity device includes a sensor for every degree of movement in the hand, with twenty-six sensors in total. The result is lifelike mocap, where the nature of the performer’s movement is captured in data, which StretchSense believes provides an opportunity to further engage audiences.
“Hands are incredibly expressive. We use them to communicate all the time, without knowing. So the ability to create visual storytelling in real time through non-verbal communication with hands pushes the ceiling of engaging content even higher,” said StretchSense Chief Marketing Officer, Chuck Pludthura.
StretchSense stated that the Fidelity was designed to fit seamlessly into the workflows of motion capture and animation teams alike. The StretchSense Fidelity solution was built for the rigors of big stages and the comfort of desktop capture including the ability to use the gloves while charging and a 2x increase to the Bluetooth range.
As one of the founders of StretchSense, Dr. Todd Gisby, Chief Technology Officer, has overseen the entire evolution of the company’s hand tracking solutions, up to this latest release of the Fidelity.
Commenting on the company’s device progression, Dr. Gisby said: “We are always pushing the limits of high-performance hand capture and we are proud of the huge impact the MoCap Pro SuperSplay glove has had on raising the bar for capturing authentic performances. Now with thousands of hours in the field and amazing feedback from across the whole industry, we are excited to introduce our next level in hand capture, the MoCap Pro Fidelity glove. Distal knuckle sensors and more wrist sensors mean you get higher fidelity hand capture no matter what you ask your performer to do.”
For more information on StretchSense and its motion capture solutions for film production and VR, please visit the company’s website.
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