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CAPTURE

SYSTEM

SHADOW
MOTION

SHADOW

MOTION CAPTURE SYSTEM

SHADOW is a state of the art, wearable sensor network for full body motion capture. Shadow is portable,
wireless and does not require a studio to stream and record performances. No cameras are required. Using
miniature inertial sensors, Shadow directly measures the rotations of body and limb segments.
Each sensor orientation drives a segment of a kinematic model of the human skeleton. The result is an accurate representation of the performer's pose with no manual editing required.
Shadow provides an affordable full body motion capture solution. Visit www.motionshadow.com to find more
information and videos.

APPLICATIONS
Video game and film character animation
Film production pre-visualization
Simulation and training
Sports science
Biomechanics research and development
Gait and posture analysis

FEATURES

SOFTWARE

Full body, 6DOF tracking

Web browser based interface

17 precision inertial sensors

Export takes to standard file formats

Camera-less solution

3D skeleton viewer for real time preview

Wi-Fi enabled

Supports popular 3D software

Ergonomic, adjustable straps

Autodesk Maya

Easy to wear over/under clothing

Autodesk MotionBuilder

All hardware and software included

Blender

No limits on capture volume

Unity

Indoor and outdoor use in any lighting


Standalone operating mode for remote
locations, control by smart phone or tablet

Developer Kit for custom applications

HARDWARE
Shadow sensors are inertial measurement units
sealed in neoprene fabric. The flexible sensors
are small, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.
Sensors for the arms and legs include
adjustable straps. A compression shirt securely
holds the chest and shoulder sensors to the
body. Easily put on and remove the sensor
straps and shirt for efficient use in a studio, at
the office, or in the field.

OUTPUT DATA
Each Shadow sensor directly measures the rotation of a body part. Shadow software tracks position based on
the skeletal pose, pressure sensor data, and a kinematic simulation. The position estimate updates in real time,
allowing the user to view or record both the position and rotation of the skeletons joints.
Shadow skeleton data is compatible with most 3D digital content creation applications. Shadow supports
industry standard formats such as FBX, C3D, and BVH. Visit www.motionshadow.com for a complete listing and
sample downloads.
The included Software Development Kit (SDK) supports network based streaming of all pose data. The SDK is
open source and available in many popular programming languages.

Software Name

Supported Format

Autodesk Maya

Plug-in, FBX

Autodesk MotionBuilder

FBX

Autodesk 3DS Max

FBX

Houdini

FBX

Blender

BVH

Unity

FBX

Mokka

C3D

Matlab

M-file script library

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION
Shadow uses the MotionNode Bus and Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) as its sensor platform. For a more
detailed specification of the on-board sensors please visit the MotionNode Bus web site
at www.motionnode.com.

Weight

Total On Body

1.1 kg

Sensor

Size

35 x 25 x 10 mm

Wireless

Range

95 m outdoors
32 m indoors

Battery

Protocol

802.11g

Life

4.5 hours

Type

5V USB Battery Pack

Shadow uses standard technology whenever possible. Any device with Wi-Fi (802.11g) and a web browser is
capable of connecting to and controlling the system. The battery charger supports worldwide power inputs.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux
Wi-Fi
Web browser
Internet connection recommended for setup

STANDALONE MODE
No computer required
Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Android
Windows Phone

WIRELESS
Simply associate the Shadow with your existing wireless network, add a dedicated access point, or connect
directly to the Shadow using a computer-to-computer connection. Stream data to a computer to view in real
time or run the Shadow as a standalone recording system.

SHADOW SYSTEM
Shadow includes all required software, hardware, and wearable accessories. As a complete motion capture
solution, Shadow enables you to preview, record, and export motion capture data within minutes, directly out of
the box.
17 Sensors and wireless controller

Software and developer kit

Pressure sensing insoles

2 Batteries and dual USB wall charger

PURCHASE
Please contact us to place an order at 206-201-2708 or by email at info@motionshadow.com. Visit
www.motionshadow.com to order online.

ABOUT MOTION WORKSHOP


Motion Workshop is a leading developer of inertial motion tracking technology. We founded Motion Workshop
to make high quality, easy to use motion sensing technology available to a wider audience. Since its foundation in 2007, we have supplied our MotionNode line of inertial sensing products to customers in many industries, including video game production, simulation and training, sports science, and biomechanics research.
In 2013 we released the Shadow full body inertial motion capture system, which builds on and extends our
existing hardware and software platform. We are proud to offer this excellent and affordable motion capture
product.
Motion Workshop is located in the historic Pioneer Square area of beautiful downtown Seattle, WA. Please
contact us with any questions regarding the Shadow system and your application.

CONTACT
Motion Workshop
89 Yesler Way, Ste 2
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
Tel: (206) 201-2708
Fax: (206) 350-1193
info@motionshadow.com
www.motionshadow.com

2014, Motion Workshop. Shadow is a registered trademark of Motion Workshop. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.