Brighton-based animation company Animazoo has been awarded £670,000 per annum for the next two years to develop technology that could make the Nintendo Wii look like old hat.
Animazoo will work the University of Sussex to produce a motion capture suit, which could be used at home in a similar but far more advanced fashion than Nintendo’s Wii console.
The funding comes from a grant from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) under its programme for Application of Digital Technology in Creative Industries. It is part of a £10 million programme launched earlier this year to support research and development within the creative industries.
Development work has already started on the project and will use both Animazoos’ market leading motion capture design and development expertise, and the university’s advanced academic knowledge, to research software aspects of the project.
Michael Wylde, the university’s business development manager, added: “The University of Sussex attaches great importance to its links with business and we are delighted to be working with such a pioneering company as Animazoo on this exciting project.”
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