Mo-cap suit

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A VPL Research DataSuit, a full-body outfit with sensors for measuring the movement of arms, legs, and trunk. Developed circa 1989. Displayed at the Nissho Iwai showroom in Tokyo

Motion capture suit (Mo-cap suit for short) is a wearable device that records the body movements of the wearer. Some of these suits also function as haptic suits.


Introduced in the late 1980s, the Data Suit by VPL Research was one of the earliest mo-cap suits in the market. Sensors stitched in the Data Suit were connected by fiber-optic cables to computers that updated the visuals 15 to 30 times a second. The Data Suit was ahead of its time, selling for up to $500,000 for a complete system (along with the EyePhone and the Data Glove).[1]

Current market[edit]

Tesla Suit[edit]

The Tesla Suit is a mo-cap suit that also uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to give the wearer sensations of touch, force and even warmth.


The PrioVR is mo-cap suit which is available in three versions: the Core which comes with 8 sensors the upper body tracking; the Lite with 12 sensors for full body tracking; and the Pro with 17 sensors which adds for precision with the feet, shoulders and hips.

Perception Neuron[edit]

Perception Neuron by the Chinese company Noitom uses 9-axis IMU to capture the movements of the wearer. It also comes with motion-capturing gloves. Perception Neuron can be used in AltspaceVR.[2]

Smartsuit Pro[edit]

The Smartsuit Pro by Danish company Rokoko uses an array of 19 embedded 9-degrees of freedom (9-DoF) IMU sensors to capture motion date from the person wearing the suit. This data is used to live stream user movement via WiFi, or record data to input into software such as Unity, Unreal Engine 4, or MotionBuilder.[3][4]


At GDC 2016, Xsens announced integration with Unreal Engine 4[5] Later that month, Xsens collaborated with Dutch technology company Manus VR in order to showcase an immersive VR experience.[6]


A bi-directional, full body motion controller with haptic feedback, Holosuit comes with a full body suit and can also be used separately as just gloves, jacket or pants.

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  1. ^ Artificial Reality - Computer simulations one day may provide surreal experiences. {The Wall Street Journal, 23-Jan-90, p. A1}
  2. ^ AltspaceVR (12 October 2015). "Set up full body mocap in VR with Perception Neuron. - Set up full body mocap in VR with Perception Neuron".
  3. ^ "Rokoko Announces Affordable Smartsuit Pro Professional MoCap Solution". 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Rokoko unveils SmartSuit Pro to capture your movements for virtual worlds". 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Xsens Announces Integration with Unreal Engine 4 at GDC - Xsens 3D motion tracking".
  6. ^ "Let's go full immersive VR! - News - Xsens 3D motion tracking".