Motion Analysis Corporation Unveils Cortex 9.5 Software Upgrade

November 8 2023, California – Motion Analysis Corporation is excited to announce the highly-anticipated release of Cortex 9.5, the latest edition of its cutting-edge motion capture software. This update is now available for download and is accessible to all customers with active warranties or current software maintenance contracts.

Cortex 9.5 introduces a range of exceptional features and improvements that elevate the motion capture experience to new heights, providing users with greater flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. Here are the key highlights of this remarkable update:

Quick Files Capture Status: Cortex 9.5 introduces Quick Files Capture Status indicators, simplifying the assessment of dataset status. Users can easily classify captures as “Unedited,” “In Progress,” or “Complete.” Customization options are also available, allowing users to create their own status names and icons, providing a user-friendly experience.

Kestrel Plus Cameras: With Cortex 9.5, Motion Analysis Corporation introduces the Kestrel Plus camera line, featuring the Kestrel Plus 3, Kestrel Plus 22, and Kestrel Plus 42. These new cameras seamlessly integrate with Cortex 9, expanding your capture capabilities and delivering high-quality results.

Trim Capture Modifications: Cortex 9.5 enhances the Trim Capture feature, enabling users to modify names, generate captures on a per-markerset basis, and add timecode support. This streamlined process facilitates the extraction of relevant data from capture files and offers improved post-processing options.

Workflow Improvements: Cortex 9.5 enhances the Workflow feature, making task execution even more efficient. Users can now utilize a search tool and a workflow repository, enabling easy access and management of workflows, optimizing productivity.

Live Detailed Hand Identification: Advanced hand tracking techniques have been integrated into Cortex 9.5, reducing marker swapping during live collection and post-processing of intricate finger movements. Users can contact the support team for a sample markerset to enable this feature.

Automatic Wand Identification for Reference Video Overlay Calibration: In a significant time-saving move, Cortex 9.5 automates the marker selection process for reference video overlay calibration, eliminating manual marker selection and potential user errors. This feature can be applied in both Live Mode and Post Process.

Bertec Digital Integration: Cortex 9.5 now offers support for Bertec AM6800 digital amplifiers, simplifying setup and reducing the number of required components, thus enhancing the overall user experience.

National Instruments New Device Compatibility: Cortex 9.5 continues its support for National Instruments A/D board data collection and expands compatibility to their next generation of DAQs, maintaining flexibility and ensuring compatibility with previously supported devices.

Additional Updates and Features: Several additional updates and features, such as the renaming of the Post Process X panel to Tracks, improved contrast in Dark Mode, and an increased marker slot limit, are included in this feature-rich update.

Cortex 9.5 marks a significant milestone in the field of motion capture, empowering users with advanced tools, enhanced workflows, and improved performance.

To learn more about Cortex 9.5 and take advantage of these exciting new features, download the full release notes here, or contact our sales and support teams for further information and assistance.

Motion Analysis Corporation continues to lead the way in motion capture technology, and Cortex 9.5 is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.

About Motion Analysis Corporation

Motion Analysis Corporation is a leading provider of motion capture technology solutions for various industries, including entertainment, sports, healthcare, and research. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, Motion Analysis Corporation strives to make motion capture more accessible and versatile.

The top conferences biomechanics specialists need to attend in 2022

The pandemic saw the world take every kind of event you can imagine online – from conferences and business meetings to birthdays and all kinds of other celebrations. While there’s no doubt that virtual events are here to stay, as the pandemic situation improves people are slowly starting to get comfortable with the idea of attending in-person events again. And we’re here for it. 

At the end of 2021, we had the opportunity to attend Develop:Brighton, an annual conference held for the gaming community, where we got the chance to learn, network and interact with an incredible group of international animators. 

We enjoyed the experience so much that it inspired us to put together a list of all of the top conferences we think are worth taking note of this year, and this time specifically focused on the biomechanics and movement analysis industry. If you’re keen to get out again and interact with other scientific and creative minds, here’s a list of some of the top conferences to diarize this year.

International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement
When: May 16th – 19th
Where: Tokyo, Japan

In 2022, the International Symposium of 3D Analysis of Human Movement (3D-AHM 2022) will be hybrid, with the face-to-face symposium taking place in Tokyo also streamed online. Tokyo is home to diverse cultures and histories and is an intersection of rich traditions and world-leading technologies, making it the perfect location for this event. Some topics of interest include fusion of motion capture methods, effects of environment on motion analysis methods and 3D analysis of human movement. For us, this event is of particular interest because Motion Analysis has been involved in this event since its inception. We are on the event committee as an industry representative and we’re also one of the event sponsors.

ACSM 2022
When: May 31st – June 4th
Where: San Diego, USA

After two years away, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting and World Congresses on Exercise is Medicine® and Basic Science of Exercise and Vascular Health will be hosted both on-site and online in 2022. These events showcase the latest in exercise science and sports medicine, with so many opportunities for attendees to learn from leading scientists both inside and outside of the exercise field. As part of our efforts to promote biomechanics research in the sports medicine community, we are sponsoring the Career Award at ACSM 2022.

ISEK Congress
When: June 22nd – June 25th
Where: Quebec City, Canada

The International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology (ISEK) is a multidisciplinary organization comprising members from health-related fields such as biomedical sciences, engineering, physical education, and physical therapy, among others. At ISEK 2022, members from all of these different fields will get the chance to further their understanding of human movement by collaborating with people who have different perspectives, but who have a common goal of increasing our shared understanding of human movement. ​ At the event, attendees will get the chance to attend workshops, listen to keynote addresses from international speakers and learn via presentations from ISEK members. This is one not to be missed.  

ISBS Annual Conference
When: July 19th – 23rd
Where: Liverpool, England

Now in its 40th year, the annual International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) conference brings together some of the industry’s most prolific researchers to deliver keynote discussions on a wide range of topics. At this year’s event, a keynote slot was offered to the researcher who won the ISBS’ Hans Gros Emerging Researcher Award. Want to hear from the person who scooped up this accolade? Sign up for this one, today.

ACRM Annual Conference
When: November 8th – 11th
Where: Chicago, USA

In 2022, you can attend the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) conference from anywhere in the world – from your office, from the comfort of your own home, or you can choose to attend in person, in Chicago. Hosted by the ACRM, the annual conference is the world’s largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research conference and is certainly the place to be for anyone interested in understanding the science behind rehabilitation.

ISB Congress
When: August 2023
Where: Fukuoka, Japan

We are so excited for this event, that we’re mentioning it a whole year early. In 2023, the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) is turning 50 and they’re hosting a big event to celebrate. Not only is the ISB the largest society in Biomechanics, but it is also the oldest. At the event, the society will pay homage to 50 years of education, dedication, inspiration and innovation and they also want to look ahead and unpack how they will continue contributing to this field in years to come.

Will you be attending any of these conferences in 2022? Or are there any other events that you think we should add to the list? Let us know via LinkedIn or Twitter.

Client Spotlight Dr. Robert Catena: Researching human balance control at WSU

Welcome to the first in our series of Client Spotlight articles. Our aim is to showcase some of the fascinating work our clients are doing, and how they’re using cutting-edge technology to do it.

Today, we spoke to Dr. Robert Catena, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Washington State University.

What do you do at Washington State University?

I oversee the Gait and Posture Biomechanics lab at WSU. This lab is used to conduct research in dynamic balance, with the goal of reducing falls in society. Beyond its research goals, the lab also gives students the opportunity to use some of the most advanced movement analysis equipment available.

Much of my current research (over the last five years) is focused on understanding balance control changes during pregnancy, with the goals of reducing fall rates for pregnant women, and understanding how reproduction was affected by our evolution to bipedalism.

I also teach Biomechanics to undergraduate students at the university.

How is your lab set up?

The Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab includes everything we need to undertake and successfully complete research of dynamic balance control.  

Our technology includes:

You can read more about the lab here: https://labs.wsu.edu/biomechanics/facility/

Where can we read your published research?

You can find it all listed on my Google Scholar profile here:

View Robert’s Google Scholar profile

How would you describe Motion Analysis in a hashtag?

#Uncomplicated 🙂

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