A New Era For Motion Capture at SIGGRAPH 2023

A New Era For Motion Capture at SIGGRAPH 2023

Vicon debuts its markerless motion capture technology in collaboration with Artanim, the research arm of Dreamscape, the leading VR company, at SIGGRAPH 2023

Vicon today marks a new era of innovation in the field of motion capture, announcing that it will debut its machine learning (ML) powered markerless technology at SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Artanim, the Swiss research institute and the award-winning VR group, Dreamscape Immersive.

The announcement follows nearly three years of research and development focusing on the integration of ML and artificial intelligence (AI) into markerless motion capture at Vicon’s renowned R&D facility in Oxford, UK. The project has been undertaken by a new dedicated team, led by CTO Mark Finch, and leverages nearly four decades worth of Vicon innovation to enable a seamless, end-to-end markerless infrastructure, from pixel to purpose.

Commenting on the news, Imogen Moorhouse, Vicon CEO, said:

Today marks the beginning of a new era for motion capture. The ability to capture motion without markers, while maintaining industry leading accuracy and precision, is an incredibly complex feat. After an initial research phase, we have focused on developing the world class markerless capture algorithms, robust real time tracking, labeling and solving needed to make this innovation a reality. What we are demonstrating at SIGGRAPH is not a one-off concept, or simply a technology demonstrator. It is our first step towards future product launches which will culminate in a first-of-its-kind platform for markerless motion capture.”

For Dreamscape, markerless motion capture can now provide a more true-to-life adventure than any other immersive VR experience by allowing for more free-flowing movement and exploration with even less user gear. Commenting on the decision to partner with Vicon, Aaron Grosky, President & COO of Dreamscape said:

We have been anxiously awaiting the time when markerless could break from concept and into product, where the technology could support the precision required to realize its amazing potential. Vicon’s reputation for delivering the highest standards of motion capture technology for nearly forty years and Dreamscape’s persistent quest to bring the audience into the experience with full agency and no friction meant that working together on this was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled with the result. The implications for both quality of experience and ease of operations across all our efforts, from location-based entertainment to transforming the educational journey with Dreamscape Learn, is just game-changing.

The collaboration between Vicon and Artanim was key to ensure the desired requirements for the VR use case were met.

Achieving best in class virtual body ownership and immersion in VR requires both accurate tracking and very low latency. We spent substantial R&D effort evaluating computational performance of ML-based tracking algorithms, implementing and fine-tuning the multi-modal tracking solution, as well as taking the best from the full-body markerless motion capture, and VR headset tracking capabilities,” said Sylvain Chagué, co-founder and CTO of Artanim and Dreamscape.

At SIGGRAPH, Vicon and Artanim showcased a six person, markerless and multi-modal real-time solve, set against Dreamscape’s location-based virtual reality adventure called The Clockwork Forest, created in partnership with Audemars Piguet, the Swiss haute horology manufacturer. The experience allows participants to shrink to the size of an ant and explore a mechanical wonderland, while working together to repair the Source of Time and restore the rhythm of nature.

With this showcase, Vicon earned a CGW Silver Edge Award for technological innovation.More information about the collaborative R&D project here.

 

Vicon - Artanim team at SIGGRAPH 2023  Vicon booth at SIGGRAPH 2023

Great Economy Awards 2022

Great Economy Awards 2022

Created in 2012, the Great Economy Awards aim to promote and enhance the economic sector of Geneva. They also aim to honor companies whose reputation and influence convey a positive and dynamic image of Geneva.

During the Great Economy Awards, held on September 20, 2022 at the BFM, the 2022 Geneva Economy Prize was awarded to Spineart, a pioneer in procedures and medical devices related to spine surgery. The 2022 Innovation Prize was awarded to Kugler Bimetal, which specializes in high-performance materials. The Equality Prize, created last year, was awarded to the Moser School for the measures implemented to ensure equality. Finally, the jury made up of 13 personalities from the academic and economic worlds chose to award a Special Prize to the Artanim Foundation, a leader in motion capture technologies.

These Prizes were awarded by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG), the State of Geneva and the Office of Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI).

First in Europe : Dreamscape, an immersive virtual reality center, opening in Geneva

First in Europe : Dreamscape, an immersive virtual reality center, opening in Geneva

Dreamscape Immersive, the virtual reality company backed by major Hollywood studios, announces the opening of its first European venue in Geneva in July 2022. Halfway between cinema and theme-park, Dreamscape offers its visitors a virtual reality experience like no other that combines the power of immersive storytelling, motion capture and virtual reality (VR) technologies.

The opening of the Dreamscape center in Geneva, in Confederation Center, is planned in two stages. The 1st of July will see the return of the Geneva 1850 VR experience. Created by Artanim and originally premiered at the Museum of Art and History in 2019 (read also here), this widely acclaimed experience has been enhanced to include new characters, new sound design, and two minutes of new content. Then, in September 2022, the center will offer two additional adventures designed by Dreamscape Immersive: Alien Zoo, as well as DreamWorks Dragons Flight Academy – which promise the thrills and magic of immersive and full-sensory storytelling.

The Geneva 1850 experience immerses visitors in the heart of the 19th century, at the time of the Fazy revolution. Visitors, welcomed by General Guillaume Henri Dufour, will have a front row seat to the upheavals that shook the City of Calvin. The story leads them from the top of the Salève mountain to the shores of Lake Geneva, passing through the alleys of the Old Town, in the Geneva of the famous Magnin relief of 1850 which served as the basis for the setting of the adventure.

Alien Zoo transports visitors to an orbiting zoo populated by all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful creatures, some of them dangerous, but all of them on the verge of extinction. Upon arrival, travelers can play with exotic and majestic creatures and join forces to narrowly escape the galaxy’s greatest predator.

DreamWorks Dragons Flight Academy has staged a rescue mission in the Dragons license universe. Aboard their flying mount, each participant will ride a dragon and soar in free flight towards the Hidden World to save the village from invaders, while trying not to set fire to their virtual world.

Dreamscape was founded to be a place where people make lifelong memories by exploring fantastical worlds with their friends and family,” said Walter Parkes, co-founder and CEO of Dreamscape. “The genesis of Dreamscape was born in Geneva, so it’s particularly meaningful to be opening this location in the place where it all began.

A virtual reality experience like no other

A true meeting place in the heart of Geneva, Dreamscape offers a new type of high-end entertainment. Equipped with VR equipment and motion sensors, participants are immersed in universes that push the limits of virtual reality. During the experience, they can interact with other participants, feel the wind on their skin, grab an object, move freely or even choose the appearance of their avatar.

The programming of Dreamscape in Geneva is evolving and new adventures will be offered regularly.

Caecilia Charbonnier, co-founder of Dreamscape and Artanim specifies that “after the opening of four centers in the United States and one in Dubai, we are opening the first European center in Geneva in order to get closer to our technological development, where the adventure began. This center will be our laboratory. The Geneva public will be able to test new adventures and technological innovations for the first time.”

Geneva, laboratory of innovation

The Dreamscape center in Geneva was out of a partnership between Dreamscape Immersive, ACE & Company, Opus One and Artanim. With the opening of this center, the partners aim to promote the technological and creative ecosystem of the region while offering synergies with universities and companies in the Lake Geneva region at the forefront of digital transformation.

Dreamscape invents new worlds and new ways of telling stories. Technology is put to work for the emotions by pushing the limits of the genre and blurring the boundaries between reality and imagination. The result is truly amazing,” explains Vincent Sager, director of Opus One. “It is this approach that convinced us to embark on the adventure and to accompany Dreamscape in the opening of their first European center, here in Geneva.

I am personally very happy to be able to support this project and ensure that the first Dreamscape in Europe opens its doors in Geneva, which seems relevant to me for a company whose world-famous technology was invented on our shores by our local entrepreneurs.” adds Adam Said, co-founder and CEO of ACE & Company.

For more information about Dreamscape in Geneva, please consult the website: https://www.dreamscapegeneva.com

Invitation to the press
Press representatives are invited, on Monday July 4, 2022 at 10 a.m., to discover the Dreamscape center in Geneva in exclusivity. Please reserve your place until June 24, 2022 by registering by email at media@dreamscapegeneva.com. Download the media kit here.

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Aboard The Mayflower

Aboard The Mayflower

In November 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower reached the coast of Massachusetts and established a colony there. Among them were Puritan Reformists who had crossed the ocean to found a community in accordance with their aspirations, firmly rooted in Protestant and Calvinist values. This was a founding moment for what was to become the United States of America.

Experience first-hand this poignant event and the identity to which it gave rise through a multifaceted exhibition at the International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva.

Aboard the Mayflower is one piece of this exhibition. For 5 minutes, embark in the company of the first Reformed community in America on the emblematic boat that crossed the Atlantic in 1620 – an unforgettable virtual reality experience created by Artanim.

More info

October 28th, 2020 – February 28th, 2021

International Museum of the Reformation (MIR), Rue du Cloître 4, 1204 Geneva.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Free admission for visitors with an admission ticket for the permanent collection.

The Mayflower VR - Reformation Wall The Mayflower VR - Mayflower Compact

Geneva 1850: A revolutionary journey

We are proud to announce the opening of the VR experience Geneva 1850: A Revolutionary Journey co-produced by Artanim and the Museums of Art and History of Geneva. The immersive installation will be open to public starting from April 12th at Maison Tavel, the oldest standing building in the city of Calvin.

Headset strapped to your head, movement sensors attached to your wrists and feet, you are now all geared up to dive into the Geneva 1850 experience. This VR installation immerses users into the Geneva of a time when the city was on the brink of modernity. In groups of four, impersonating period costume-clad avatars, users are given a chance to discover the city as it was in October 1846, just days before its people rose up in insurrection. Featuring a spectacular number of special effects, the experience is not only a visual, auditory and olfactory one. It also includes a physical and haptic dimension — users can feel themselves walking around the virtual city and pick up actual objects to interact with their environment, their fellow travellers and city dwellers.

Based on 3D data collected through the digitization of the Magnin model exhibited at Maison Tavel, this extraordinary experience is an invitation to travel back in time and witness the outbreak of Geneva’s “Fazy” revolution.

More info

April 12th-July 14th, 2019 – Maison Tavel, Rue du Puits-Saint-Pierre 6, 1204 Geneva.
August 1st-September 29th, 2019 – Museum of Art and History, Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Geneva.
Open from 11am to 6pm, closed on Monday.

Reserve your tickets for a journey through time at MAH-GENEVE.CH
Approximate duration: 45 min.

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Press kit upon request

More info about Artanim’s VR platform

Geneva 1850 - Horse-carriage ride in front of St-Pierre Cathedral Geneva 1850 - Journal de Genève with James Fazy and General Dufour

Geneva 1850 - Balloon flight

Dreamscape opens first permanent VR storefront

Dreamscape Immersive, the story-oriented VR company leveraging Artanim’s VR technology and whose backers include movie chain AMC Entertainment and several Hollywood heavyweights (MGM, Warner, 21st Century Fox, Steven Spielberg, Hans Zimmer), opens its first permanent location in the same upscale Los Angeles mall where it ran a pop-up storefront last February featuring its sci-fi-themed Alien Zoo experience.

The permanent storefront in the Westfield Century City mall will initially provide dedicated “theaters” and suit-up areas for three different experiences: Alien Zoo, the undersea adventure The Blu: Deep Rescue, and the Indiana Jones-style Lavan’s Magic Projector: The Lost Pearl. Tickets cost $20, get them here. The new location is part of a rapid expansion effort by the company, which plans to roll out stand-alone and in-theater venues (in partnership with AMC Theatre) outside of California.

Follow Caecilia Charbonnier and Sylvain Chagué, who are also the co-founders and co-CTOs of Dreamscape during the opening day at Westfield. Below, some pictures of the elegant Dreamscape store.

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Dreamscape Immersive Store Dreamscape Immersive Store