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Qumarion moves 3D models based on your mannequin manipulations

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Qumarion is a flexible USB mannequin that, when hooked up to a computer, allows you to pose 3D models in real time. It's designed to be used in traditional comic book drawing, with the 3D model's pose providing a realistic silhouette for artists to trace over, but could also be used to create key frames for animation.

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Working with 3D models can be a daunting task for many, but a new Japanese tool is aiming to make it a little more intuitive. Qumarion is a flexible USB mannequin that, when hooked up to a computer, allows you to pose 3D models in real time. It's designed to be used in traditional comic book drawing, with the 3D model's pose providing a realistic silhouette for artists to trace over, but could also be used to create key frames for animation. Of course, this won't help you with building a model in the first place, but it should be easier to manipulate once you have something to work with. Developer Celsys is producing the software to interface with the device, and it's planned to be released in the next few months for around $750.