Japanese-made highly versatile Qumarion mannequin makes animation a lot easier
Animating characters in 3D isn’t really a breeze and giving each of these realistic movements that are pleasant to the eye does take a lot of back-breaking labour. Making 3D animation a tad easier, Japan’s University of Tsukuba and the University of Electro-communications has come up with this foot tall mannequin model called the Qumarion. Similar to the usual action figure you’d have propped up in your man-cave, the Qumarion sports 16 joints, 32 sensors and an uncanny ability of capturing a whopping 120 frames per second of movement! The Qumarion can flex, stand, sit, pose and assume a bunch of other positions which are then simultaneously used to animate the character on-screen!
Priced at $850, this one hooks on via USB to a custom illustration and comic production software called Clip Studio developed by Celsys with plug-ins for Maya and 3D Max available too!