From the new tech from Japan department: Qumarion is a mannequin input device that allows users to pose and manipulate CG models on-screen and in real time. Developed by a host of Japanese universities, with the aid of an unnamed action figure company, the video below (naturally) uses anime-style characters for a demonstration.
As the video points out, artists could use Qumarion to create 2D drawings or could be used to create key frames of animation. We’ll leave it to you to decide if such computer assisted creativity would be considered “cheating” or not…
Qumarion is set to arrive later this year in a software-mannequin package that will retail for about $750.