Building a low-cost motion capture suit for animation

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Motion capture has become a major player in the film and animation industry. Mimicking natural and subtle movements of humans and animals has made animation a lot more believable and engaging. This paper presents a low-cost design of a motion capture unit based on the ESP32 and a 9-DOF inertial sensor Bno055. A calibration method based on a standing posture is used. The sensors data are retrieved via the serial port of the Arduino IDE and sent to Blender, a 3D program, to display real-time motion. If a believable performance can be achieved with low-cost inertial sensors, then the overall cost of existing motion capture technology can be reduced.
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, May 2021
Inertial Motion Units