Visit from Qualisys and Motion Capture Workshop

Last Tuesday, January 16, our Motion Lab had the privilege of hosting an engaging motion capture workshop at the University of Agder (UiA) in Grimstad. The event was a vibrant gathering of 17 attendees, including two distinguished representatives from Qualisys, along with dedicated researchers and students from UiA, a senior researcher from NORCE, and esteemed delegates from NOV and MacGregor.

Qualisys is at the forefront of precision motion capture and 3D positioning tracking systems, boasting over three decades of unparalleled service across various industries. UiA is proud to be counted among its esteemed clientele. Within our Motion Lab, we operate an advanced motion capture setup comprising 17 Oqus 7+ cameras, as previously presented in a customer story by Qualisys. Additionally, the UiA and Top Research Centre Mechatronics (TRCM) are equipped with eight Miques Hybrid motion capture cameras, renowned for their dual capability in both marker-based and markerless tracking.

Insights from Qualisys

The workshop’s momentum was initiated with an insightful presentation by Magnus Sj√∂lin (Market Area Director) and Daniel Thompson (Global Support Engineer) from Qualisys. Their comprehensive overview of the company’s hardware and software offerings ignited a series of thought-provoking questions and discussions, reflecting the deep engagement and expertise of the participants.

Hands-On Demonstration in Motion Lab

After lunch, the group reconvened in the Motion Lab, an integral part of our Mechatronics Lab, for a hands-on demonstration session. The showcase commenced with an impressive display of markerless tracking, utilizing UiA’s eight Miques Hybrid cameras. The demonstration seamlessly integrated the use of Qualisys Track Manager (QTM) software for calibration and capture, complemented by the third-party Theia software, which adeptly handled the tracking and post-processing of data from QTM.

Markerless Tracking

Subsequently, the focus shifted to marker-based motion capture, employing both the Miques Hybrid and Oqus systems. The participants observed the important calibration procedure, setting the stage for an immersive demonstration of marker-based motion capture.

Calibration in QTM
Marker-based Motion Capture

The workshop was not just a display of cutting-edge technology, but a testament to the collaborative spirit that drives innovation in the field of motion capture.