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How Ford Learned from Avatar: Motion Capture – #fordtrends

Last year when I went out to Dearborn, MI, we saw a lot with virtualization. A mock-up car where you put on the gloves and glasses, then saw yourself move around in that virtual world. However, Ford has taken it to a new level – by simply watching how Hollywood does it. More to the point – the movie Avatar. In this area, we look at how a person gets into and out of a car. They can go from a compact, to a heavy duty cab. The frame and bucket seats will re-adjust for the next vehicle. It’s called...

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Ford Immersion Lab: Drive Ford Cars Virtually – Ford Tour

It’s a nice spring day. I roll down the window and place my arm on the door. I turn up the radio. It makes for a cool ride down the street, but I don’t always think “do the engineers worry about this stuff?” The answer is: Yes, they do. The next stop in the Ford Tour was the Immersion Lab. We walked in to see a shell of a Ford Vehicle surrounded by motion capture cameras. Elizabeth Baron** was our guide for this section as she talked about what Ford does to make the ride comfortable. The idea is simple:...

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Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour

I am no stranger to 3D modeling and motion capture. Thanks to a good friend, I have learned all about it. In fact, he just set up a motion capture studio less than two weeks ago. I saw Motion capture on games, but I never saw it in a different type of production. That is what Ford is doing1 – They are using the Virtual Manufacturing division to test the aesthetics and ergonomics of a car. They can even do it without the car being present. Allison Stephens guides us through the program known as Santos (Jack and Jill). The computer model...