Monday, October 2nd, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Animate Anything uses AI to rig your 3D characters

Anything World has launched Animate Anything, a new AI-driven online service for automatically rigging and animating low-poly 3D models.

It supports humanoids, animals, and vehicles, and the rigged models can be downloaded in FBX, glTF/GLB and Collada format, for use in DCC applications and game engines.

The service can be used for free on three models per month.

An AI-driven platform for creating web apps and AR experiences
Founded in 2018 by TD and former web developer Gordon Midwood, Anything World is an AI-driven platform for building and deploying real-time applications.

It is mainly used for creating mobile and web apps and AR experiences, with showcase projects including work with Atlantic Records, Ministry of Sound and Ubisoft.

It’s WebGL-based, so it works in any modern web browser, and comes with SDKs for integrating the platform with Unity and Unreal Engine.

Automatically rigs humanoid 3D characters, animals and vehicles
Animate Anything itself is a standalone service, so you don’t need to be using the rest of the platform: you can just upload the models you want to have rigged and download the results.

It works on quite a range of model types: as well as humanoid characters, it supports creatures, including quadrupeds, insects, fish and birds; and vehicles including cars, trucks and bikes.

File formats supported include FBX, glTF/GLB and Collada, so the rigged models can be used in pretty much any DCC application: the website specifically namechecks Blender and Maya.

Currently best suited to lower-detail characters
At the minute, Animate Anything is geared towards assets suitable for online or AR experiences: while you can upload models over 20,000 vertices, they are decimated for processing.

The rigs generated have bones and skin weights, but don’t currently have rig curves.

In addition, the platform currently doesn’t support props or submeshes like layered clothing, and it doesn’t generate finger bones or blendshapes for facial animation.

Anything World tells us that it hopes to ease these restrictions in future.

Price and system requirements
Anything World’s Animate Anything service runs in a standard web browser. It operates on a credit basis, with each model processed consuming one credit.

Free Individual accounts come with three credits free per month, and users can buy packs of extra credits, which cost $10 for 10, $25 for 50, or $100 for $250.

Paid Micro and Pro accounts for Anything World itself cost $50/month and $250/month.

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