Vicon, a specialist in motion capture, has announced that its motion analysis app, Capture.U – free with its Blue Trident sensors – is now the ‘first tracking platform to offer a real-time Augmented Reality (AR) visualization mode’.
According to the company, this enables sports scientists, coaches and physiotherapists to better understand athlete performance.
The Capture.U 1.1 app update takes advantage of Apple’s Augmented Reality Kit 3 (ARKit 3), the AR platform for iOS 13. Via a combination of Vicon’s Blue Trident inertial sensors and the Capture.U app, users are able to see 2D and/or 3D skeletal overlays on live video of athlete movement.
‘Based on the kinematic data, the AR visualizations within the new mode offer a choice of methods to analyse and improve athlete technique, measure performance during rehabilitation and carry out research.’
Vicon adds that the… ‘world-first capability puts the power of AR visualization combined with inertial tracking in an easy-to-use app. Empowering a wide audience, from sports scientists, to biomechanists, coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, and physiotherapists from elite teams to grass roots sports – there is no need for additional tracking equipment beyond the inertial sensors and a compatible iOS device.’
Dr Kim Duffy, Product Manager, Life Sciences at Vicon, said “The Capture.U update employing ARKit3 allows for a more informed choice of ways to capture and measure movement in real-time and in the field; where athletes perform their best.
“The new AR capabilities are another powerful part of our toolkit that includes several different ways to capture and review data, examine joint data, and export data for further analysis in a lab. This empowers customers of all kinds to benefit from insights such as joint angles without needing to be experts, making the process as easy and quick as possible.”
Complementing the new AR feature, the Capture.U app includes a full suite of data capture modes that can provide real-time data views from Vicon’s Blue Trident sensors. These allow researchers and users, such as coaches and sports teams, to make informed decisions.