November 30, 2022

Sony Moves to Metaverse by Launching Mocopi



Sony grooves into the metaverse, revealing its latest invention for the virtual space, a wearable motion-tracking system called Mocopi.

Mocopi consists of six small wearable sensors which are worn on six different places on the body, one on the head, one on the hip, one on each wrist, and one on each ankle, to record the body’s movements in the real life and link them to an avatar.

After wearing the sensors, they should be connected to Sony’s smartphone app via Bluetooth allowing the users to create videos of their avatars using whole-body movements.

In a press release, Sony said: “By utilizing our proprietary algorithm, Mocopi creates highly accurate motion measurement with a small number of sensors, freeing VTubers (virtual streamers) and creators involved in movie and animation production from time and place constraints.”

According to Inverse website, the Mocopi is expected to last up to 10 hours and can be fully charged in 1.5 hours via USB-C. Although the sensors are waterproof and dustproof, they come in a case. Sony’s device is not only compatible with Xperia smartphones, but also the iPhones.

The Mocopi can be purchased and reserved at Sony’s Internet direct sales site “Sony Store”. Pre-order sales are set to start in mid-December with a price of 49,500 yen (about $358) with plans to be released in January 2023.

Sony also announced that it would offer a software development kit (SDK) that can link the acquired motion data with metaverse services from December 15.

According to a joint survey by Nikkei Asia and research firm Cyber Creative Institute, Sony, representing Japan, came in sixth place of the world’s top 20 metaverse applicants.

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