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Getting Started Guide: Smartsuit Pro

Requirements

  • Smartsuit Pro

The following items are not included with the Smartsuit Pro but are required to get up and running:


Unboxing

Your Smartsuit Pro comes in a box containing the following items:

  1. The Smartsuit Pro - A textile suit embedded with 19 wired IMU sensors, a hub, a USB-A battery connector cable (right-hand-side pocket), and an elastic headband.
  2. A USB-C cable to connect the Smartsuit Pro to your computer (for configuration).
  3. A waterproof Smartsuit Pro cover bag, to take your Smartsuit Pro on the road.


Motion Capture Stage: Considerations

When using your Smartsuit Pro at a specific location, it is important to consider the hardware setup and take some precautions to get the best possible performance.

Stay within the range of your Wifi network

This is to ensure a stable frame rate. Office, University, and Public networks are usually crowded and have advanced security so we recommend using a dedicated router.

Avoid Magnetic Interference where possible

Magnetic interference may affect the performance of the Smartsuit Pro, but will not physically harm the sensors, unless they are placed close or on top of powerful magnets such as electrical motors.

We recommend creating a magnetic safe zone, meaning being at least 1 or 2 meters (3 or 6 feet) from large steel/iron objects and devices that create local magnetic fields such as steel bars, loudspeakers, and cars. You can download a magnetometer app on your phone to check if your recording environment is ideal for using the suit.

The diagnostics panel inside Rokoko Studio will let you know whether or not the environment you chose is optimal. Once you have performed the calibration, the Smartsuit Pro will provide feedback on potential magnetic interference for each of the 19 individual sensors in the Studio Diagnostics panel. The sensors have a margin of 4 milligauss fluctuation before they show up as yellow in the diagnostics panel.

We recommend aiming for 75% or more green sensor indicated for optimal performance. Should you notice that the sensors indicating magnetic interference are concentrated around the feet and legs, it most likely means the interference is coming from the floor. You can then either test a different location or do the calibration on a wooden table (this sometimes helps).


Connecting a USB Battery to the Smartsuit

To power the Smartsuit Pro, please connect your battery/power bank (not included, here are our recommendations) to the HUB's USB-A power cord. The USB power cable can be found in the front right-hand side pocket of the Smartsuit Pro. You can place the battery in two places, depending on your preference:

  1. In the right-hand side pocket
  2. In the dedicated back pocket under the spine zipper (this will require that you pull the power cable from inside the hub pouch to retrieve it from the right-hand side pocket, and then redirect it to the spine tunnel)

Below is the Hub and Sensor infrastructure:


Installing Rokoko Studio

Rokoko Studio allows you to configure, preview, record, and forward Smartsuit Pro body motion data. 

Download and install Rokoko Studio for both macOS and Windows here

Before opening Rokoko Studio, make sure to disable all firewalls on your computer and network as it might prevent the Smartsuit Pro from communicating with your computer. 

More information on firewall settings can be found here.

Everything you need to know about Rokoko Studio can be found here.

Please make sure to complete the following:

  1. Create your Rokoko ID
  2. Create a Team, selecting a Studio Plan and applying a voucher (If applicable)
  3. Enter a project

Connecting your Smartsuit Pro to your computer

Now that you are inside a project in Rokoko Studio, in the Scene View, please connect the HUB of your Smartsuit Pro to the USB port of your computer with the included USB-C cable (Anker).

Please note that you cannot plug the suit directly into the a USB-C port (found on modern Macbooks) as the USB driver is different. If you only have USB-C ports available, we strongly recommend using a dongle or hub and the cable provided by us with the Smartsuit to avoid unexpected issues.

A pop-up will appear on the lower right corner of the scene. Please click it to access the wifi settings.

Should the pop-up not appear despite having your Smartsuit Pro HUB connected to your computer with the USB-C cable (Anker), click the suit icon in the top right corner to open the panel:


Applying your Wifi Settings

In order to stream motion data from your Smartsuit Pro to your computer, you first need to configure your Wifi settings.

If you haven't already done so, please connect the HUB of your Smartsuit Pro to your computer with the included USB-C (Anker). Please note that you cannot plug the suit directly into the a USB-C port (found on modern Macbooks) as the USB driver is different. If you only have USB-C ports available, we strongly recommend using a dongle or hub and the cable provided by us with the Smartsuit to avoid unexpected issues. A pop-up will appear on the lower right corner of the scene. Click it to access the wifi settings:

Should the pop-up not appear despite having your Smartsuit Pro HUB connected to your computer with the USB-C cable (Anker), click the suit icon in the top right corn to open the panel:

You will be greeted by a small pop which showcase which smartsuit are connected with USB.

The smartsuit icon which is highlighted green is the current one selected. You can change between them by selecting the icons.

You can reuse the latest WiFi settings you applied (if any) or apply new settings. Both settings will open the next window, but if using "Reuse WiFi setup" will automatically input the last settings you applied.

  1. Find your Wifi network from the drop-down list and enter it's password. As mentioned earlier, we recommend a dedicated router for smooth connections and performance.
  2. Ensure that your computer is connected to the same WiFi that you wish to use your Smartsuit Pro with. then select the correct IP address from the drop down menu. Read this article on how to verify your IP address.
  3. Should you want to select a specific frequency band (2.4 of 5.0 GHz), receiver port of DHCP mode, you can do so via the "advanced Wifi settings" drop down. Click here for more details on supported WiFi frequencies.
  4. Click "Apply settings"
  5. Once completed, you will see a message saying "WiFi settings successfully applied". You can now disconnect the USB-C cable from the HUB.

At this point you should see a grey avatar in the scene, with the LED's of the HUB being green for the power button and green/blue/yellow for the WiFi LED. You can move on to step 8 of this guide.

If you didn't succeed, no panic as it is most likely a WiFi setting issue that can easily be resolved. Please consider the following:

  • Verifying you disabled all your computer firewalls or anti-virus software such as McAfee (you can instate exception rules later on). Learn more here
  • Testing a different router and computer (you can even test the connection with a Smartphone hotspot)
  • Consulting this troubleshooting guide when the WiFi settings fail to apply.

Hub LED Explanation

Internal WiFi Hotspot

To use your Smartsuit Pro with the HUB's own WiFi hotspot (removing the need for an external network and router) and learn more about the limitations of this feature, please see here.


Updating the location settings

In order for the sensors of the Smartsuit Pro to perform well, it is important to define your geographical location


You can apply your geographical location in two ways:

  1. The Studio detects your location automatically and will suggest to apply it to the Smartsuit Pro, through a pop-up in the bottom right corner of the Scene View. Click on the pop-up to configure it.
  2. Enter your geographical location manually by navigating to the settings (settings cog icon) in the top left corner of the Scene View). Learn more here

Putting on the Smartsuit Pro

You are free to wear your clothing both under and on top of the Smartsuit Pro (as long as it is not made out of metal like a knight's armour!) For comfort and accurate placement of the sensors on the body, we recommend stripping down to your underwear and a t-shirt.

Getting dressed

Please double check that the sensors are placed in parallel with your body segments and tighten the straps (see charts below). Remember to put on the headband with the head sensor placed in the position you prefer (we recommend at the back of your head.

Straps 

Sensor Placement

Sensor Placement


Arms and hands

Legs and feet

Head


Creating an Actor Profile and assigning it

Now that your Smartsuit is connected to your computer via WiFi, the grey Rokoko avatar has appeared in the scene, and you have put on the Smartsuit, you will need to do the following:

  1. Create an actor profile by clicking the "add objects" button (see gif below). By default, entering your height will change the values to averages in the other input fields, which is a good place to start, but if you have time we advise manually measuring all the inputs as well. Once you are done, save the profile.
  2. Now that we have added this new actor profile in the scene, we need to pair the Smartsuit Pro to it. You can see the Smartsuit Pro in the list of "unpaired inputs" tab. Simply drag it on the actor profile object to tie them together. The avatar, affectionately known as Newton, will then be put in the scene origin.

An actor profile will allow Rokoko Studio to scale Newton to your body measurements. You can create actor profiles either from the main menu or directly from within the objects panel (as seen in the gif above). Add a little color marker to the profile to light up Newton.

You can now move to the next and final step - Calibration: Straight Pose


Calibration: Straight Pose

Performing the calibration is arguably the most important step in the configuration process, so make sure not to rush through it.

Perform a "straight pose" (also called I-Pose), to calibrate the system by standing upright (but in a relaxed stance) with:

  1. Your arms down the side of your body touching your thighs/legs (see chart below)
  2. Your head pointing forward (see chart below)
  3. Your feet pointing straightforward (parallel) with a spacing of about 15cm between them. Tip: That spacing is pretty much your foot's width, so imagine you have a third foot in between your feet)

Remember to stand still while the software counts down from 3 once you click the "straight pose" button:

You can also perform an instant calibration with no countdown by clicking on the same icon but through the right-hand side panel: right click on the Smartsuit Pro icon in the "live scene "objects". This will require a helping a hand.

The Rokoko Remote iOS app can also be used to trigger the calibration command from an iPhone. Learn more here.


Recording, Filters and Playback

For more Information on recording, playing back, exporting and applying filters watch the video above, or read our article on the topic here.


Exporting your data

You can export your recordings in a variety of file and skeleton formats. Please see this article for more information.


Rokoko Studio Features & Subscriptions

By default, Rokoko Studio is free when it comes to the core features. To gain access to advanced premium features such as Rokoko Studio Live, Face Capture and Virtual Production (which are marked with a lock icon) you will need to subscribe to a Rokoko subscription plan. More information on the available plans can be found here

Rokoko Studio Live (Real-Time Data Streaming to the plugins)

Using our native plugins will allow you to unlock the Smartsuit Pro's full potential. Working with the plugins will allow you to apply Smartsuit Pro data (as well as Face tracking and Virtual Production data) to your own characters in real-time while working in the software environment you are familiar with. 

More information on Rokoko Studio Live can be found here

Face Tracking

With our Face Tracking Add-On, you can record or live stream facial motion data both by yourself or in sync with the Smartsuit Pro (and Virtual Production), directly inside Rokoko Studio or in the plugins. Learn more about this feature here

Virtual Production

With our Virtual Production Add-on, you can record or live stream HTC tracker motion data, both by itself or in sync with the Smartsuit Pro (and Face Tracking), directly inside the Rokoko Studio or in the plugins. Learn more about this feature here

Command API, SDK and Custom Integrations

Additional Premium Features


Troubleshooting

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