09/07/2019No Comments

Punch Infinity // The Future

Before you read this, you might be wondering "what is Punch Infinity?". If that's the case then check out the Punch Infinity - What is it? blog post.

The Future!

Punch Infinity is currently live. Clients are on board, and we're incredibly proud of what we've produced. But what are the next steps?

Survey

Over the past few months, we ran a survey to find out more about Punch Infinity (does it do what we want it to) and to find out its users (what they like, need and expect). The survey is over, and the results will be published soon.

We hope the results will help us shape any future developments.

Immediate plans?

In a nut shell, no. Maintenance, house keeping and responding to technical changes are our constant priority.

Punch Infinity Interactive Configurator CGI Tiles Kitchen

Two paths

One current leading idea is to split Punch Infinity into two products, a Lite version and a Pro version.

Roughly, the Lite version would be very similar to Punch Infinity as it is today, a streamlined, useful and refined configurator system.

The Pro version could have anything a client desires. Punch Infinity has always had the ability to "bolt on" any features, as it was built from the ground up, and maybe we take full advantage of that. Or perhaps we add more "pro" functions, such as 360 views, analytics or maybe even virtual reality. This part of the puzzle is a big unknown, and we'll know more from the survey, further user testing and discussions.

No time to stand still

Punch Infinity is going to evolve and change. It can't stand still, and neither can I! The speed at which tech changes is incredible, and we need to be just as fast, reactive and pro-active!

Summary

Punch Infinity will change, maybe a little, maybe a lot.

There is no current "roadmap" and we need to carefully plan and execute our next steps.

We are always open to new ideas, thoughts and suggestions. So even though the survey is over, drop us a message, call or DM with your thoughts!

Thank you!

Thank you for reading the Punch Infinity Blog Series! If you missed any of the previous posts, check them out below -

Punch Infinity - What is it?

Punch Infinity - Why?

Punch Infinity - How?

 

And if you know to know more all you need to do is shout (or call, email or DM).

Dean

07/11/2017No Comments

Motion Capture Fun with the Rokoko Suit

Work should be fun right? So when we have the chance to have a go with a new bit of kit, and it really makes us smile, we know we're doing something right!

As part of a new project with Superla, we had chance to have a go with the Rokoko Motion Capture Suit!

This is very nice bit of kit indeed. In a nut shell, the Rokoko suit records the actors movement, which can be re-applied to a virtual character. Motion capture is often used in films and gaming as a way to simulate realistic movements, and it does a very good job. Check out this clip about how motion capture was used in the Pirates Of the Caribbean films.

 

Motion Capture Suit Rokoko

Stuart from Superla, capturing some questionable driving.

As I've mentioned, he process of motion capture isn't anything new, the technology has been around for decades. However the suit contains new technology, meaning that motion capture process totally different from what came before. Usually to do motion capture, you'd have to hire a studio which was specifically design and equip for motion capture. This is both expensive and very restrictive.

The Rokoko suit doesn't need a studio, all the motion sensors are built into the suit, meaning you can capture motion almost anywhere. All you need is the suit, a laptop and wi-fi.

Motion Capture Suit Rokoko

Data captured and applied to a virtual character.

But what makes it fun? There are several reasons as to why I strangely consider this fun. I love new tech, especially when it's affordable, so that's the first point. I'm always drawn to affordable tech, from 3D printing to 360 cameras.

I also think it's brilliant that you can do something very technical anywhere, and see the results right in front of your own eyes. OK you have to edit, refine and make changes to the data, but the instant feedback is great. The laptop we used wasn't anything spectacular either, so the guys who developed the Rokoko really haven't alienated themselves from a lot of users.

Generally the whole experience is easy and straight forward. No one likes a clunky process, or un-intuitive piece of software.

Motion Capture Suit Rokoko

And of course there's the skin tight suit, always worth a laugh right?!

Over the next few weeks, we should be able to show you what we used the Rokoko motion capture suit for. It's quite a unique project, mixing motion capture, 360 video, and some dodgy driving!

Dean

31/01/2017No Comments

Will Drones One Day be Giant 3D Printers?

Will Drones One Day be Giant 3D Printers?

Drones are fascinating, and they seem to be everywhere from drone racing, to delivering groceries. I stumbled across this video, which very cleverly shows a drone being used to create art.

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