World gets first sub-$2,000 Ethernet mocap camera
NaturalPoint has released the world’s first sub-$2,000 Ethernet motion-capture camera. The OptiTrack S250e comes in, in fact, at $1,899.
Not quite on a par with yesterday’s story about how a hacked Kinect can be used as a no-cost capture device, but still pretty cheap for a professional solution, nonetheless. Full details below.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
Today marks the immediate availability of OptiTrack™’s high-performance motion capture camera, the S250e. Providing exceptional speed and precision in a highly compact form factor, the S250e is the first full-featured Ethernet motion capture camera in the world for under $2,000 USD.
“OptiTrack has always offered the most affordable motion capture technology on the market,” said Jim Richardson, NaturalPoint® co-founder and lead engineer for the OptiTrack motion capture line. “With the release of the S250e, we are reshaping the CG production landscape, coupling that aggressive pricing strategy with a continued investment in core optics and image processing technology. The result is a motion capture camera that offers unprecedented performance for its price point.”
The S250e boasts 250 FPS capture, SVGA resolution, expansive field of view, on-board image processing, software-controlled IR filter switching, and some of the most advanced M12 lenses in the world – all housed in a compact aluminum and soft-touch polycarbonate case.
First demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2010, the S250e is designed to serve the film, broadcast, game cinematics, sports training, military and defense, biomechanics, and university research industries.