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Weta Digital is helping children to walk...

Grey Havens

Jun 28 2008, 1:45am

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From The New Zealand Herald:

Wellywood technology helps children to walk

Animation techniques, like those that brought Gollum, are being used to treat disabilities.

Animation technology used in blockbuster movies such as Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is now helping children to walk.

The Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane uses animation technology developed at Weta Digital in Wellington to see why some children, as young as 3, have trouble walking.

Keegan McCluskey, 12, is falling over less and has ditched his wheelchair for a walking stick since doctors were able to identify more accurately what surgery he needed to correct his walk


Gait Laboratory director Dr Robyn Grote said the technology was reducing the number of times children had to undergo surgery because of its precision in mapping a child's motion.

"A number of reflective markers are placed on a child's legs, while eight specially designed cameras placed around the room record how these markers move," Dr Grote said. "Several cameras track each marker to allow a computer to create a three-dimensional view of the child's motion.

"This enables the team to analyse a child walking from the side, front, back and above _ all at once."

[..]The laboratory is one of just a few paediatric clinical gait analysis labs in Australia. It is also involved in developing a pilot that will examine the way children move their arms and fingers.


Nice to see that WETA is contributing to society in such a meaningful way.


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Weta Digital is helping children to walk... diedye Send a private message to diedye Jun 28 2008, 1:45am
    That's a lovely news item. Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Jun 28 2008, 1:49am
    Oh wow Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Jun 28 2008, 4:48am
    Way to go Weta! DavidDragonSlayer Send a private message to DavidDragonSlayer Jun 28 2008, 5:33am
        Welcome, DavidDragonSlayer. Watch out Smaug! Starling Send a private message to Starling Jun 28 2008, 10:11am
        welcom to TORn! hatster Send a private message to hatster Jun 28 2008, 4:59pm
        Welcome David!! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Jun 29 2008, 3:59am
    What an excellent way to use this technology Starling Send a private message to Starling Jun 28 2008, 10:08am
    They have the motion capture grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jun 28 2008, 12:05pm


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