New technology could make your dog a motion capture movie star

Credit: Bath University
Credit: Bath University

Researchers from the University of Bath have developed technology that would allow people to digitise their dogs.

Such an application could be used for a number of purposes, such as assisting vets in diagnosing issues walking and monitoring their recovery.

It could also be used for more entertaining reasons, such as putting digital representations of dogs into movies and video games – without constant use of motion capture suits or expensive equipment.

Computer scientists digitised the movement of 14 different breeds of dog, including lurchers and pugs, who were residents of the local animal shelter.

The motion capture suits, made especially for dogs, were filmed doing a range of movements as part of their activities.

They then created a computer model which could accurately predict and replicate the poses of dogs, capturing all the vital information without the dogs wearing the suits.

Instead, the researchers can use

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