Scientists build a real Panopticon that captures your every move in 3D

Motion capture technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Just take a look at Gollum actor Andy Serkis’s incredibly expressive performance as a computer-generated simian in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That role, like most other motion capture appearances of late, required sticking hundreds of tiny markers on the human actor’s body in order to track his movements and create an accurate digital replica.

But what if you could capture motion accurately without those annoying little markers? Scientists at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh have done it with a system reminiscent of the 360-degree cameras used to film the “bullet time” sequences in The Matrix. The new technique utilizes enormous spherical dome called the…

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