Remember 2004 when Robert Zemeckis brought us The Polar Express and we recoiled at the disconnect between motion capture and the final product? The animation was more human than hand drawings, but still quite artificial. For many audience members, it wasn't life-like enough. But the technology has come a long, long way over just a handful of years. In a post-Avatar world, it can be pretty darn realistic, and offer up characters who almost seen real. In fact, now it's more than just the art that's painted onto the captured movement.

Motion capture technology is finding itself useful outside of Hollywood. Instead of being a wall between animation and human reality, researchers are using the technology to measure human behavior.
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