Motion capture

Motion capture has a variety of applications—from studying human movement and breathing life into animated characters in movies, to tracking the movements of robots and creating closed-loop systems for controlling robots. The Immersion Lab is equipped with a 28-camera motion capture system fueling research projects as well as the creation of educational content.

Two computer screensOptiTrack system

The MIT.nano Immersion Lab OptiTrack system comprises the following tools and capabilities:

a square piece of woodWooden floor

A removable tiled wooden floor outfitted with accelerometers can be used to study footfall mechanics and the movements of athletes and dancers. The floor is compatible with the Optitrack motion tracking system, although the bare carpet may provide higher contrast raw images. Each 4 ft x 4 ft tile is made of baltic birch veneer covered with a UV hardened urethane material.


A treadmill at the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, courtesy of MIT's Clinical Research Center (CRC), allows researchers to study gait and other human movement, as well as analyze the way muscles and joints move in the body.

Many application areas utilize motion capture. See what you can do with these tools for: