While the press got the opportunity to check out our SXSW projects in all their glory, we realize that you–our DEVOTED READERS AND TOTALLY DIE-HARD FANS–probably didn’t. But have no fear! We’ll be spotlighting our SXSW projects for your reading/watching/learning pleasure…because we care. First up: Döppeldancer.
Fürst ve scänn, zehn ve dänse…
No dance skills? No problem. Utilizing a hi-res 3D scanner and cloud computing, the Döppeldancer renders a 3D mesh of your entire body and wraps the animation, face and all, around your body structure. The result is digital version of you, equipped with some seriously Michael Jackson-esque moves.
Don’t have the smoothest moves? Don’t worry—even if the dice move is all you’ve got or you can barely manage the Y.M.C.A., you can still totally dominate with the Döppeldancer, which is made its debut at the Chaotic Moon + Fjord SXSW party.
As a participant, you simply step into our 3D scanner (less invasive than it sounds, swear), where your likeness will be captured as the scanner rotates around you, forming a 3D mesh of your body. This 3D mesh of your body is then sent to a cloud-based processor, where it’s fitted with a pre-programmed dance animation.
All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch your personal digital döppelganger bust a move…so you don’t have to.
It’s not magic–it’s technology! Here’s what’s involved:
- 3D time-of-flight sensor connected to a tablet that’s running a proprietary application.
- Scanner equipped with IR sensors and camera – Captures the user’s likeness and measures depth.
- Auto-rigging algorithm – Places skeletal joints in the mesh.
- Motion data – Is applied via animation re-targeting.
- Real-time game engine with virtual cameras and lights – Captures multiple perspectives and allows for sharing via video-to-gif conversion for social media.
As for applications beyond high-tech twerking? Take retail, for instance. A 3D mesh of a person could allow for extreme customization and assured fit of one’s clothing, making shopping—especially online—easier than ever, and saving both retailers and customers valuable time and money. This technology could also offer users better insight and perspective to set and track fitness goals. (Have you ever glimpsed a 360-degree view of yourself in 3D form? The scanner doesn’t add that 10 pounds, people.)