DARI Motion buys Max Planck spin-off The Captury

Max Planck motion capture technology is used in sports, medicine and entertainment

The Captury GmbH has developed a new motion capture technology, which is used by numerous companies in the entertainment sector as well as in the sports and medical sector. The process of the spin-off company from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Informatics can detect movements of people very quickly and realistically and can do without markers that are usually used. With the purchase of The Captury, DARI Motion Inc. secures the innovative technology basis on which their products for motion analysis in the sports and health sector are based. The Captury will continue to operate as an independent company, maintain and possibly expand its location in Saarbrücken, as well as market its products.

Motion capture procedures allow you to capture and record movements. The recorded data can be played back, analyzed, and processed by computers. The technique is often used in movies to bring animated characters to life. In sports and medicine, this form of movement analysis is often used to analyze and optimize or treat movement sequences. Conventional motion capture techniques work with trackers distributed across the body that reflect optical signals. For this purpose, skin-tight suits covered with markers must be worn usually. This is disruptive for actors, athletes and patients and can distort natural movements. In addition, special cameras must be used that can emit and receive optical signals. Scientists around Dr. Nils Hasler from the Graphics, Vision and Video research group at MPI for Informatics headed by Prof. Christian Theobalt have therefore developed a method that does not require markers and captures the movements very quickly and realistically. This makes it possible to record movements of people in normal clothing with normal cameras. The movements are analyzed in the computer by a special software and transferred as a motion skeleton to a virtual figure. The spin-off The Captury, which was founded in 2013 in Saarbrücken, has developed the technology to market maturity and marketed. The numerous customers in the entertainment sector include companies such as Fox, Disney, Scanline or the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Customers in the medical field are various universities worldwide.

Now The Captury has been purchased by the US company DARI Motion. DARI develops and markets systems for motion analysis in the field of sports and medicine. With DARI Sports, athletes can improve their movements in various areas such as running or throwing. DARI Health enables health institutions and physicians to analyze the movements of their patients in cases of bone and joint diseases or after surgery and to initiate appropriate treatment measures. The technology of DARI products is based on the motion capture process of The Captury, in particular the "Captury Live" technology. It allows the recording of real-time movements with 6 to 24 cameras and up to three people simultaneously. Special hardware is not required. With the purchase, DARI secures the technology base for its products, which the company markets in the USA. In addition, the company is expanding its product portfolio, especially in the entertainment sector, thus reaching new industries and expanding its customer base. For this purpose, The Captury will remain as an independent company in Saarbrücken with its well-known products and will continue to offer innovative tracking solutions for its customers in the future. The Max Planck Society received 18 percent of the sales price due to its shares. By purchasing the Captury DARI Motion Inc. is now exclusive licensee of the Max Planck technology, whose patents remain with the Max Planck Society.

DARI Motion serves numerous customers with its platform for 3D kinematics and kinetic movement analysis in the sports, wellness and medical sectors. We are happy that by selling our technology to an innovative high-tech company, our technology will help many people improve their well-being and performance in the future. In addition, it was important to us to secure the jobs in Germany and to ensure that The Captury's customers continue to have access to our technologies in the future. We would like to thank Max Planck Innovation for the good support we have received in recent years.

Dr. Nils Hasler
Co-inventor, co-founder and managing director of The Captury

Max Planck Innovation, the technology transfer organization of the Max Planck Society, has supported the patenting of the technologies as well as the foundation and sale of The Captury.

The software, which was developed at the MPI for Informatics and by the spin-off The Captury, has made motion capture available for many applications due to its makerless technology. Motion recording without markers and special equipment in real time has been made possible by this work. The Captury has once again shown that basic research is an excellent basis for innovative products with a high benefit for users. We are also pleased that the location of Saarbrücken will be preserved by the buyer and that even additional jobs will be created there in the medium term.

Dr. Florian Kirschenhofer
Senior Start-up & Portfolio Manager at Max Planck Innovation

About DARI Motion

DARI Motion Inc. is the insight engine of human movement and provides objective data to improve medical outcomes, reduce costs, improve performance and avoid injury. DARI has compiled the world's largest biomechanical database of human motion and has established markets in healthcare, corporate wellness, athletics performance facilities and the U.S. Military. DARI has offices in Kansas City, Kansas and Grand Island, Nebraska. For more information, see www.darimotion.com

About The Captury

From its inception The Captury has been focussed on developing the most robust and easy to use markerless motion capture technology. This enables their customers to quickly deploy the technology in a number of different verticals. Besides DARI, its biggest customer in the healthcare market, a number of international clients deploy the technology in a variety of applications. The main markets can be split into healthcare and entertainment but a plethora of specific use-cases has been developed with their clients ranging from Virtual Reality experiences over the recording of professional dance performances to biometric gait analysis and functional movement screens of Kindergarten children. The Captury is a spin-off from the research group of Prof. Christian Theobalt (co-founder of the Captury) at the MPI for Informatics, which has been working on new methods for capturing humans from images for many years. For more information see www.captury.com

About the Max Planck Institute for Informatics

The MPI was founded in 1990 as the first institute of the Max Planck Society dedicated exclusively to computer science. It was located in Saarbrücken, already at that time one of the most important sites of university-based computer science research in Germany. Currently, the MPI-INF has 6 departments and an Independent Research Group. The development of algorithms for the analysis and description of computer science is in the center of the research activities equally to the education of young scientists. Its research ranges from foundations (algorithms and complexity, programming logics) to a variety of application domains (computer graphics, geometric computation, constraint solving, program verification, databases and information systems). The MPI’s goal is to have impact through publications, software and people alike.

About Max Planck Innovation

As a technology transfer organization of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Innovation is the link between industry and basic research. With our interdisciplinary team, we advise and support the scientists of the Max Planck Institutes in the evaluation of inventions, the filing of patents and the establishment of companies. We offer industry central access to the innovations of the Max Planck Institutes. In doing so, we fulfil an important task: the transfer of the results of basic research into economically and socially useful products.
For more information see www.max-planck-innovation.com

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