JUL 01, 2020 10:29 PM PDT

Computerize Your Dog

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Scientists at CAMERA, a research institute at the University of Bath, can make it possible to computerize your dog using motion capture technology. The program holds diverse applications including assisting vets in diagnosing canine patients.

Learn more about motion capture technology:

"This is the first time RGBD images have been used to track the motion of dogs using a single camera, which is much more affordable than traditional motion capture systems that require multiple cameras,” says PhD researcher Sinéad Kearney. "This technology allows us to study the movement of animals, which is useful for applications such as detecting lameness in a dog and measuring its recovery over time.”

"For the entertainment industry, our research can help produce more authentic movement of virtual animals in films and video games. Dog owners could also use it to make a 3D digital representation of their pet on their computer, which is a lot of fun!"

The motion capture technology has been utilized in the entertainment industry often seen behind the scenes were actors are wearing dotted suits that track 3D movements. These movements are converted into data for films and videos games.

"While there is a great deal of research on automatic analysis of human motion without markers, the animal kingdom is often overlooked,” adds Professor Darren Cosker, Director of CAMERA. "Our research is a step towards building accurate 3D models of animal motion along with technologies that allow us to very easily measure their movement. This has many exciting applications across a range of areas -- from veterinary science to video games."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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