Motion capture review: Noitom surprises us with its latest device.

An expert from Immersion’s team had the opportunity to test Perception Neuron 3, the latest product from Noitom. He delivers and reveals you here his deciphering. Even better: the Corner Shop has prepared a Unboxiiing video to complement this article.

Our expert sets the tone on this new device by revealing that “it’s a good compromise with the historic wired suit and the new version of the Perception Neuron Studio in use, with premium performance.”

Perception Neuron 3: What is it?

Noitom’s device allows motion data to be recorded anywhere without any space, lighting or environmental restraints. The Perception Neuron 3 is a motion capture device that tracks users’ movements with à multitude of small sensors attached to the full body. Motion capture, called mocap, is the process of translating human motion into digital form for different supports.

A “Neuron” sensor with a built-in IMU (inertial measurement unit) is equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to track the movements of each body part – head, arms and legs – and reproduce them on the animated character model displayed on the screen.

Who is Perception Neuron 3 designed for?

The suit provides an industry-leading motion capture solution designed for all types of creators, from the amateur 3D animator to the visual effects professional. Affordable, the Perception Neuron 3 suit is versatile and easy to carry in any situation: in a motion capture studio or elsewhere.

Nomadic in nature

The Perception Neuron 3 is completely wireless and can be used in any conditions. Indoors or outdoors, without occlusion and without a camera. It comes with a new algorithm, new software and a new API. In addition, according to another one of our expert, “with this product, which has great freedom of use, installation and calibration can be done in 15 to 20 minutes.” Designed to be portable, the Perception Neuron 3 suit comes in an EVA case, making it easy to capture on the go.

La valise de la perception neuron 3

Our expert opinion on Perception Neuron 3

The PN3 has a shorter battery life than the PN Studio, but it has smaller and more ergonomic sensors and scratch pads that are much more comfortable to wear on the skin. Perception Neuron has also chosen to reduce the size of the dongle which constrains the capture range (which reduces the distance between the sensors and the suit).

The Perception Neuron 3 suit: what technical specifications compared to its predecessors?

The PN3 offers more features than the previous suits of the brand, here they are:

Software:

  • The Perception Neuron 3 works with Axis Studio software for motion capture.
  • The system is suitable for a range of applications such as Houdini, Blender, Unity, Maya, iClone 7 and iClone 8.

Connectivity:

  • The charging station is also compact and the dock can be split into multiple parts.
  • The connection, completely wireless, can be used in all conditions indoors and outdoors.
  • The new suit has a battery life of up to 5 hours, and can be charged in just 1 hour.
  • The Neuron sensor is even smaller and lighter than previous ones.

Ergonomics:

The strap, which has become wider, improves stability not only when wearing, but also during violent movements, making it easier to put on and take off. Moreover, you can put the strap in the attached mesh case and wash the strap completely.

Noitom’s latest suit has materials already included in the PN3 “Body Kit”:

  • PN3 Body Sensors (17)
  • PN3 Spare Sensor (1)
  • PN3 USB Transceiver (1)
  • Body Straps (1 set)
  • Charging Docks (3)
  • Axis Studio License dongle (1)
  • USB-A to USB-C cable (3)
  • USB-A Male to USB-C Female

What is the minimum configuration for the Perception Neuron 3?

  • OS : Windows 10
  • Direct X9
  • OpenGL 4.4
  • CPU : 3.0 GHz i5 processor
  • RAM : 4GB of memory

Want to test the Perception Neuron 3?

You can already contact us at cornershop@immersion.fr to get personalized advice or to make an appointment for a demonstration.

To learn more about the Perception Neuron 3, please visit the product sheet.