Beijing-based Noitom has long been working to make full-body motion capture tools affordable to every content creator on the planet, and not just big-budget film and game studios. Last week the company moved a step closer to its goal with the launch of Perception Neuron 2.0.
VR veterans may well have heard of the original Perception Neuron, which raised over $500,000 on Kickstarter back in 2014. The novel concept included a set of small, affordable sensors that users could attach to their bodies for full body-tracking not just as a means of motion capture but also an input for VR and more. The modular system allowed users to add varying numbers of sensors to suit their needs. Back in early 2016 we even saw The Gallery developer Cloudhead Games work with the system to record character movement in its games.
Perception Neuron 2.0 works the same way, starting out with a 32 sensor set, with improved performance and design. Armed with new anti-slip straps, reinforced pogo pin cables and dongles and fortified sensors, the system captures data with less jitter, making for a cleaner experience. There’s also updates to the harnesses users put on for tracking, including separate shoulder and waist harnesses for improved comfort.
More importantly, though, Perception Neuron 2.0 helps introduce Noitom’s new Neuron Mocap Ecosystem. With a new mount-and-snap locking mechanism for the core unit, users will be able to easily change between new Perception Neuron accessories for versatile data capture. This includes an upcoming full-body mocap zip-up suit, for example.
Crucially, Perception Neuron 2.0’s price remains the same as the original’s (which is now out of stock) at $1,499. Kits are available to order now and deliver within six business days to most destinations. Now that the Vive Tracker is offering primitive full-body motion tracking for consumers at $300 can Perception Neuron 2.0 keep up?