Wearable Kinect aka Kinect Snorricam
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.
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 🙂
Another solution could be a ‘snorricam‘ setup, which attaches the camera/sensor to the chest of the actor.
Using a DSLR shoulder mount and a few bits and pieces this turns out to be quite viable.
– 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!)