Polhemus of Colchester, the industry leader in 3D position tracking and digitizing systems, eye-tracking systems and handheld 3D scanners, has recently provided state-of-the-art motion tracking and scanning tools to Champlain College in Burlington.Champlain students will learn to use the LIBERTY” and PATRIOT” Motion Tracking Systems, and two FastSCAN” 3D scanners as part of the Colleges innovative, high-tech degree programs. These products are invaluable tools in complementing the offered courseware.In the Electronic Game & Interactive Design and Multimedia & Graphic Design programs, faculty members will integrate this equipment into a lab where students will use it to create high-end 3D animations. These tools have been used in blockbuster movies such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter III.” Meanwhile, Computer & Digital Forensics and Criminal Justice students will learn to use FastSCAN to capture three-dimensional crime scene evidence for analysis.”These tools will inspire students and encourage creative and critical thinking skills, as well as their technology skills,” said Ann DeMarle, director of the new Electronic Game & Interactive Design and Multimedia & Graphic Design programs. Our students will make use of industry-leading equipment, and they will carry these skills and experiences forward into their careers. Champlains new program is one of the few bachelors degrees in the nation modeled after the team-based game development industry, and students learn to work in development teams to create a game from start to finish.Polhemus equipment is in wide use in areas such as the entertainment industry, medical applications, research, forensics, military training and simulation, and computer-aided design. FastSCAN has been employed in the entertainment industry for character animation, toys, computer games, and feature films. For example, filmmakers used the scanning wand system on large-scale models to create highly detailed mesh models for The Lord of the Rings. On the set of Harry Potter III, filmmakers scanned an eight-foot-tall werewolf, among other items on the set.The tool is a lightweight, handheld laser scanner, which is swept over an object–much like spray painting. The 3D image appears on the computer screen in real time. The finished scan is then processed to combine any overlapping sweeps–significantly reducing the time to develop surface models.Polhemus equipment was used to create Woody and Hamm in Toy Story, the Statue of Liberty in Home Alone 2, the Penguins in Batman Returns, and the Chandelier in Beauty and the Beast.The LIBERTY system also provides efficient solutions for full-body character animation for film and computer games. LIBERTY performs electromagnetic tracking, with an unprecedented speed of 240 updates per second per sensor, up to 16 sensors, and incredible accuracy.FastSCAN has also been introduced into the forensic market to keep pace with the vast growth in that discipline. FastSCAN is a portable, lightweight, cost-effective scanning solution, which allows professionals to bring the scanner to the scene. FastSCAN can help improve accuracy and efficiency by providing a 3D representation of skull trauma, and it can provide position and orientation markers for complete measurement details.For over 35 years Polhemus has been providing the absolute best in time proven 6 DOF systems. Since then they have expanded their technology into eye tracking, and handheld three-dimensional scanners. These products are already in wide use in such areas as medical applications, university research, military training and simulation, and computer-aided design. Please contact [email protected](link sends e-mail) for additional information.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented college offering professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 26 fields. Champlain is known for its quality business, technology and human services programs. The College reacts quickly to trends in the marketplace to offer degrees in the latest specialties, including Electronic Game & Interactive Design, Computer & Digital Forensics, and Software Engineering.