Xsens and C-Motion Simplify Human Motion Measurement

Now Mocap Research Can Be Done Anywhere With Data Directly Imported into Premier Biomechanics Analysis and Reporting Tool, Visual3D

Enschede, The Netherlands – January 12, 2015 – Today, Xsens, one of the industry’s leading 3D motion capture innovators, and C-Motion, the leaders in biomechanics software solutions, are bringing the unrestricted inertial motion capture data of Xsens MVN BIOMECH to C-Motion’s reporting software, Visual3D.

Now, sports science and medical professionals can use Xsens’ inertial sensor-based motion capture system to create insightful human motion reports that offer the most precise way to assess injuries, training routines, and performance goals. And the mocap can all be done anywhere – in the lab, on the field, or in the office!

Known as the leading modeling, analysis, and reporting tool for biomechanics, Visual3D pulls its research-ready data from motion capture. Thanks to Xsens’ sensor-based inertial mocap solution, MVN BIOMECH, researchers have the ability to record human movement anywhere. Visual3D users can not only track the position and orientation of their subjects, but their velocity and acceleration, as well, with the highest levels of accuracy and reporting. A video with overview:

“Importing data out of MVN Studio BIOMECH is simple, no coding required,” said Hein Beute, product manager for Xsens. “If a ballplayer gets hurt now, his doctors can put him in our suit, use Visual3D to assess his movement, and then create a highly detailed, scientifically based plan for his recovery. It’s that easy!”

While athletic performance enhancement and physical therapy applications are natural use cases, combining reporting technology with motion capture can also be applied to ergonomic and broader sports applications, such as companies trying to create a running shoe that favors a particular type of footstrike or a research team tracking posture and repetitive motion.

“Inertial data provides a level of freedom our customers wanted, and a new type of data they didn’t have easy access to before,” said Tom Kepple, CTO at C-Motion. “This advancement in technology will give medical researchers more data and options which can only improve the quality of care for their patients.”

A Visual3D Wiki page for this feature can be found here.

This feature was released in Visual3D v5.02.24 and is available as a free upgrade for all Visual3D customers with active support service. MVN Biomech is available now from Xsens and its international distribution partners.


A technology best known for bringing animated characters to life in games and films is changing how human movement is studied in research and industry. The MVN BIOMECH systems ensure reliable and accurate human motion measurements. Xsens' tiny motion trackers are able to capture the smallest twitches to high dynamic movements on a body. The proven MVN BIOMECH biomechanical model and sensor fusion algorithms ensure the highest quality motion analysis, even in challenging environments. This system transforms 3D human motion tracking into a wearable technology that can be used on production lines, sports fields, in vehicles and aircraft, in the home or any location where human body movement needs to be analyzed with a high level of accuracy.

About Visual3D
Visual3D™ is hardware independent, marker set independent, functionally extensible, and has the most capable modeling capabilities available. Visual3D provides scientifically validated, consistent results from motion capture data. Its analytical power and object architecture make it a compelling product for clinical assessments, visualizing 3D data, and measuring the performance of movement related therapies, animal research, sports related motion, virtual reality activities, and many other applications.

About Xsens
Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in applications such as industrial control and stabilization, health, sports and 3D character animation. Clients and partners include Electronic Arts, NBC Universal, Daimler, Autodesk, ABB, Siemens and various other leading institutes and companies throughout the world.

Xsens is a Fairchild Semiconductor company, an industry icon delivering power solutions for the mobile, industrial, cloud, automotive, lighting, and computing industries. Xsens has offices in Enschede, the Netherlands and Los Angeles, California. Please contact us on the web at https://www.xsens.com.

About C-Motion
C-Motion is the global leader in software tools for research biomechanics for processing 3D motion capture data. C-Motion was created in 1997 to transfer 3D analysis technology from the National Institutes of Health into the commercial market. C-Motion has since focused on the needs of the medical research, sports research, and rehabilitation communities with leading-edge 3D motion analysis capabilities. Today, Visual3D™ has thousands of users in over 48 counties.


Xsens and MVN are registered trademarks or trademarks of Xsens Technologies B.V. and/or its parent, subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the Netherlands, the USA and/or other countries.

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