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few months have passed since the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. After a successful Congress and having discovered the finer delicacies that Ireland has to offer, we are back home, unpacked and recuperated from The Storehouse… and of course, talking all things biomechanics. We chatted to old and new friends and we were really pleased that our live system, which included Vicon Vero and Vicon Vue cameras, generated interest.
As a company, we at Vicon are constantly exploring how technology is changing, for example, Virtual Reality is becoming more accessible, user-friendly and affordable. We’ve seen the interest in Virtual Reality from the research community growing steadily. Although Vicon has been working in VR for many years now, the technology has almost exclusively been used in the engineering and entertainment markets. The interest and use of VR in research is a great example of ‘technology convergence’, whereby features or solutions that are developed in one area cross over to provide new possibilities to others.
At WCB, we put the following question to delegates: Does Virtual Reality have a true benefit in a research setting? We think so and we demonstrated one application of Virtual Reality within such a setting. Vicon Life Sciences teamed up with our Unreal guru, Sam Goodwin (VFX Support Engineer), to create an immersive virtual gymnasium. This consisted of a two-part demonstration, which included Vicon’s own software: Nexus, Shogun, Pegasus and the Vicon DataStream SDK, streaming into the Unreal Engine. Plug-in Gait data for various sports, including data from A-list athletes, such as several Ajax football players and Neymar (Brazilian and PSG footballer), was showcased. With the assistance of the Vive, the user entered the Vicon Virtual Gymnasium, with full view of each sporting activity. The user could then delve into a specific sport to further explore the movement, with the option of viewing three-dimensional joint angles whilst walking around this environment.
The Vicon Virtual Gymnasium