What about developing a face capture plugin for the Kinect 2.0 or the Windows Hello Sensor in the Microsoft Surface and other laptops? A Microsoft Surface is less expensive than the iPhone X and it would be easier to rationalize its purchase in a Windows/iClone environment.
From the internet: "These devices use facial recognition with the built-in camera to log you in with Windows Hello:
Acer Switch Alpha 12 – $599. Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 – $499. Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 – $999. HP ENVY Curve AIO 34 – $1,499. HP Spectre x360 – $749.99. ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA – $349. ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360 – $499. and many more "
I also have a Kinect v2 and have purchased the Reallusion MoCap plugin. It really does a good job for meeting animation mocap for beginning animators and teaching/training techniques. Also very good for Previz. Adding facial capture would be the next great step and I believe there would be many users like myself that would purchase the plugin and justify the cost of development. The new version of Kinect just released by Microsoft should also be a great incentive. I also am instructing teens on animation and many cannot afford the iPhone X and the additional software to make it work. Reallusion has very good products that provide the entry level opportunity to inspire young animators.
I'm glad I just now noticed this suggestion .... I would *really like* a cheaper alternative for facial mocap. I also own the kinect v2, so would welcome the adaption of the v2 for this purpose ..... thanks ....
I support this suggestion because iClone already supports Kinect 1.0 and 2.0, and I believe people make use of these cheap devices for home-made, low-budget mocap. Why not expand the Kinect usability to also capture facial animation? It does capture depth much better than regular cameras, and it is certainly cheaper than Apple's iPhone X. The Kinect 2.0 is especially good on capturing depth, and it can do it in a smaller space than version 1.0. It looks like the perfect low budget candidate for facial capture in iClone.
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