Solutions for 3D modeling, motion capture, animation, special effects, and gaming
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 12, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology (
), today announced four new products and services for the motion capture (mocap) and animation industries. Attendees of SIGGRAPH 2008 will see the new offerings in booth 1422 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 12 â€“14, 2008.
MicroScribeÂ® Connections for AutodeskÂ® MayaÂ® Software
â€œMicroScribe Connections for Autodesk Maya provides an amazingly intuitive and robust user interface,â€? said John Walsenko, a digital arts instructor. â€œThe system lets you accurately digitize even very small models with fine detail. Taking points is easy, quick, and feels very natural, like tracing over an object. In addition, using the MicroScribe tip as a 3D cursor, youâ€™re able to move points, curves, and objects in 3D space directly, immediately, and exactly. No need to fumble with awkward and time-consuming planar mouse positioning.â€? Immersionâ€™s MicroScribeÂ® digitizer and MicroScribe Connections for AutodeskÂ® MayaÂ® plug-in dramatically speed up 3D modeling and animation workflows for Maya 2008 software. Using the MicroScribe system, Maya users can quickly and accurately digitize physical objects while controlling point density so that the result is a â€œlightweightâ€? polygon model optimized for Maya workflows. Using the MicroScribe stylus as a 3D cursor, users can save significant time by easily manipulating virtual objects and quickly setting camera paths and light positions.
Improvements to the CyberGloveÂ® II Wireless Data Glove
Immersionâ€™s CyberGloveÂ® II wireless motion capture glove now allows data collection within a 49 ft (15 m) radius, a 50% improvement over the previous capability. In addition, the system has been used to simultaneously collect data from as many as six performers on a production stage. Up to 12 gloves can be supported from a single computer.
Motion Capture Synchronization Software
Immersion is now offering customized software for mocap studios to provide automatic time-stamping for efficient data synchronization of a variety of motion capture products, including optical trackers, headcams, facial markers, and wireless CyberGlove systems. Using a central computer and a standard LAN, the captured data can be calibrated and exported in BVH or other format. Synchronizing whole-body motion capture data as it is generated during real-time production can dramatically reduce post-processing time.
VirtualHandÂ® for AutodeskÂ® MotionBuilderÂ® Software Compatibility
At SIGGRAPH, Immersion is also introducing the beta version of VirtualHandÂ® for AutodeskÂ® MotionBuilderÂ® software, developed for the expected Autodesk MotionBuilder 2009 release. Customers will be able to use the new software package to test the seamless integration of real-time hand and finger motion capture using the CyberGlove II wireless glove. â€œWe are excited at Immersionâ€™s support of the upcoming release of Autodesk MotionBuilder 2009. For years the VirtualHand plug-in has connected MotionBuilder with Immersionâ€™s CyberGlove II Wireless gloves, giving animators a highly accurate and time-efficient method for capturing realistic hand and finger movement,â€? said Curtis Garton, MotionBuilder product manager at Autodesk.â€? â€œImmersion is excited to be supporting the 3D modeling, animation, gaming, and mocap industries with these four new products,â€? said Leslie Mulligan, vice president and general manager of Immersionâ€™s Gaming and Design Technology business group. â€œThey help creative professionals shave hours, days, or possibly even weeks off production times.â€? Immersion is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network.
Autodesk, Inc., is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate, and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality, and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit
About Immersion (www.immersion.com)
Founded in 1993, Immersion Corporation is the recognized leader in developing, licensing, and marketing digital touch technology and products. Using Immersionâ€™s advanced touch feedback technology (
), electronic user interfaces are more compelling, entertaining, and in many applications, safer and more productive. Immersionâ€™s technology has helped manufacturers develop innovative and creative solutions for products such as hundreds of video games and leading video console gaming systems, medical training simulators installed around the world, driver controls for automotive manufacturers, and mobile phones, such as those from LG and Samsung. Immersionâ€™s patent portfolio includes over 700 issued or pending patents in the U.S. and other countries.
This press release contains â€œforward-looking statementsâ€? that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including any projections of earnings, revenues, or other financial matters; any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning the benefits of new products or services, or consumer and market acceptance of 3D modeling and animation products; any statements regarding proposed products or services or future economic conditions or performance; statements of belief; and any statement or assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Immersionâ€™s actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include, but are not limited to, delay in or failure to achieve commercial demand for our products or a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force feedback as a critical user experience. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in our most current Form 10-Q, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect our beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. We disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release. Immersion, the Immersion logo, and CyberGlove, MicroScribe, and VirtualHand are trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. Autodesk, AutoCAD, Maya, and MotionBuilder are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ###