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The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

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motion capture system

Organic Motion's system instantly generates a photorealistic 3D model of an actor, then a live skeletal rig following the actor's every move, and finally a character animated in real-time in synch with the actor.

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New York-based Organic Motion Inc.'s motion-capture system that doesn't require bodysuits or markers won the computing-systems category of The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Award. The core of the system is technology that uses sophisticated software to produce a digital clone of a person being filmed. Fourteen video cameras capture images simultaneously and send them to a standard computer with a high-end programmable graphics card, making the system far cheaper than the specialized equipment used in movie special-effects shops.

Organic Motion systems are being used in the creation of virtual environments for training coal-mine rescue personnel and for helping returning military veterans readjust to civilian life. Andrew Tschesnok, the company's chief executive and founder, says future versions will work with next-generation game consoles for more-lifelike game experiences.

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