Straight out of Dublin, Ireland, OmniMotion Technology have developed motion-sensing controls using an application that works on Mac or PC by allowing you to use a webcam you already have instead of having to force costumers to buy a peripheral. What’s neat about Motion-Flow technology is it turns a standard webcam into camera that can track motion from your body and applies them to the on-screen characters. The company has already released it’s first playable demo called SUMO, a physics-based combat/puzzle game that uses moves to help your character through Sumo School to get a feel for the commands before fighting off enemies. It works like Kinect, using your body as the control to navigate.
But user beware, if you want the best results, I strongly urge you use this in a well-lit environment to get a better response out of Motion-Flow. It will get difficult for you, if you don’t have a place like that when fooling around with the demo or any other game that uses it’s software ability. The better lighting, the better movement you can get with the software. The company also stated that it will be working with more launch games like an online Sports Simulator, created with the Olympic Movement in Europe. And to tackle the age old question, you can sit down while using this, making it ideal for PC and Mac gamers who don’t feel like standing up to have their fun using full motion control compatibility.
It’s going to be interesting to see what comes out of using this software on future games. OmniMotion is really looking to give customers a chance to experience motion control gaming without forking over the big bucks. For more information, check out the press release that OmniMotion sent out below.
Link to the SUMO demo can be found here.
[spoiler]Dublin, Ireland – June 3, 2011 – Following extensive testing and refinement, independent Irish Games company OmniMotion Technology have officially launched SUMO, the first game in the world to feature their proprietary ‘Motion-Flow’ motion control technology for PC and MAC – and all you need to play is a standard Webcam!
Already a United Nations 2011 ‘World Summit Award’ Winner* from its open-beta phase, Sumo is a physics-based combat/puzzle game that allows for accurate, motion-control ‘gesture recognition’ gaming on almost any computer. Players use gentle ‘Tai-Chi’ type moves to guide their character through Sumo School, before taking on a host of enemies in Survival Quests and Challenges.
And with no requirement to purchase expensive console peripherals and software, OmniMotion’s unique ‘Motion-Flow’ interface means accurate, hi-def motion gaming is now available to everyone, with the on-screen action dictated entirely by the movement of a player’s head, hands or body.
Enjoy the free trial version on www.sumobattle.com. Alternatively, a browser-based ‘classic’ version is available to sample and share on Facebook, while SUMO has also been adapted into a fun iPhone and iPad format with multi-touch controls and console-standard graphics (look for ‘Sumo’ and the above icon).
After several years in development, OmniMotion will shortly launch this proprietary technology in several other PC/MAC titles, including an online Sports Simulator, created in conjunction with the Olympic Movement in Europe, to educate and encourage participation in sports among young people.
So join the movement’,and discover authentic, accurate, controller-free, motion play – today![/spoiler]