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Virtual reality just got a little closer to reality. Sony is introducing a new and relatively affordable motion capture system that relies on just six sensors strapped to the body and a smartphone capturing all of the tracked motion data.
Sony’s new Mocopi trackers will change the way you interact with virtual reality. Previous headsets and controllers gave your upper body representation in the virtual world, but with Meta announcing the addition of legs to their Metaverse, shoppingmode Sony’s trackers will actually give them something to represent. Mocopi accessories strap to your arms and legs, providing a full body experience in VR, so now you can dance and run around, just like in real life.
The six colorful and individually labeled motion-tracking bands are worn on your feet, hands, head, and back, and each sensor is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. They will then record your movements and provide you with a variety of data points that can be used for YouTube videos or on social VR platforms like VRChat.
Mocopi also comes with a software development kit that will let you import your captures into 3D animation programs and various other 3D software. It should also be noted that Mocopi will be compatible with platforms such as Unity and Autodesk’s MotionBuilder, an animation and motion capture app.
The company claims that this will allow you to create new services related to fitness, the metaverse, and more. It’s really up to you how you use them.