Movie motion capture technology being used in the healthcare field

Motion capture actually started in life sciences, but it wasn't long before the movie industry caught on

(CNN) – So much of the magic in Hollywood from raptors in “Jurassic World” to aliens in “Star Wars” is thanks to motion capture technology. And now, it’s gaining traction elsewhere too.

Rachael is 8 years-old, she suffers from cerebral palsy. A disorder which affects muscle control, making it increasingly hard to walk.

Alison Dewdney, Mother: “We are here to assess her walking position, and to see if her current splints are doing the job that they should be doing”

Small sticky bolts will help measure exactly how Rachael is walking, using cutting edge motion capture technology. They come out on the computer screen, they show the pattern of where are bones form when she is walking.

Rachael: “Slightly fun”

Motion capture actually started in life sciences, but it wasn’t long before the movie industry caught on. Driving the developments, making it cheaper and more accessible for healthcare and many other industries. They all look very real, and that’s because behind every monster, there is a real life actor.

As it finds more uses, the technology will get better and cheaper. Perfect for life sciences where it all began. So hopefully more kids like Rachael will reap the benefits.

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