Wearable Kinect aka Kinect Snorricam

The problem

Traditional Kinect based facial capture with the sensor on a table/tripod and the actor sitting limit the actor’s movements.

With the recent availability of close range sensors I decided to look into ways of attaching the sensor to the actor to increase the possible range of movement.


Option 1

A head mounted solution, which is pretty common in video based facial capture setups.

Unfortunately the minimum measuring distance of 40cm and weight of the current depth sensors result in too much momentum when the actor’s head moves to be practical, even when counter weighted.

Trust me I’ve tried 🙂



Option 2

Another solution could be a ‘snorricam‘ setup, which attaches the camera/sensor to the chest of the actor.

An added benefit of this setup is that neck/head motion stays visible which the Kinect based facial trackers can make use of.snorricam


Using a DSLR shoulder mount and a few bits and pieces this turns out to be quite viable.



Here are the results with my own Brekel Kinect Pro Face tracker and a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor:

And using the Faceshift tracker with a PrimeSense Carmine 1.09 sensor:


Components used:

Foton Export S972PRO shoulder rig
– 15cm Z bracket to raise the sensor to eye height
– 30cm straight bracket to extend the sensor
– various nuts, washers and bolts
– for Kinect only: plastic base from wall mount kit
Icron Ranger 2212 USB 2.0 over CAT5 extender (power over CAT5 as well!)


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