Qumarion Robot: An Animation Supermodel

Qumarion Robot: An Animation Supermodel

By Shinji Tutoru

UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA & UNIVERSITY OF ELECTRO-COMMUNICATIONS, TOKYO, JAPAN. Qumarion is a foot-tall mannequin that can radically simplify the entire process of creating realistic movements in 2D and 3D computer-generated models.

The main motivation for the development of this action figure is its use in 2D illustrations. Qumarion will provide a pose and use its 3D character as a coarse design and trace over it. In 3D animations, it is a very useful tool for creating movement and drawing key frames.

2D and 3D animation is something that can be very intimidating due to its complexities. Even those who have studied this kind of technology still have a hard time in using them. Qumarion is a foot-tall mannequin that has been enriched with sensors that will assist in the creation of realistic 2D and 3D animations.

The developers from University of Tsukuba & University of Electro-communications made sure that Qumarion can stand, sit, pose, flex and provide other imaginable human poses. What makes this action figure stand out is that it has 32 sensors, 16 joints and has the ability to capture 120 frames per second of movement facts and information.

The pose made by Qumarion is easily transmitted over a USB connection to a comic and custom illustration software called Clip Studio. There are also plug-ins available for 3D Max and Maya software.

Invention Qumarion
Organization University of Tsukuba & University of Electro-communications, Tokyo, Japan
Researcher Undisclosed
Field(s) Robotic Technology, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, CGI
Further Information CNET

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