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Getting Started Guide: Smartgloves

Disclaimer: This article is still under construction. Some text, images, and videos are placeholders.

Requirements

  • Smartgloves

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


Unboxing

Your Smartgloves comes in a box containing the following items:

  1. Left and right Smartglove. The hub and sensors are integrated into the textile.
  2. Two short USB-C cables used for battery and connecting to your computer (for configuration)
  3. Two long USB-C cables used for battery and connecting to your computer (for configuration)
  4. A travel case for carrying the gloves.

Not included

The Smartgloves need to have a power source, like a power bank, connected to be able to turn on when they aren't connected to a computer. Have a look at our USB power bank/battery recommendations here.

The same goes for a WiFi connection and computer.


Motion Capture Stage: Considerations

When using your Smartgloves 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.

Diagnostics Panel

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 Smartgloves will provide feedback on potential interference for each of the 7 individual sensors in the Studio Diagnostics panel. 


Connecting a USB Battery to the Smartgloves

To power the Smartgloves, please connect your battery/power bank (not included, here are our recommendations) by plugging in the USB-C cable to the Hub and connecting the USB-A connector to the power bank. 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.

Installing Rokoko Studio

Rokoko Studio allows you to configure, preview, record, and forward Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves to your computer

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

Please note that you cannot plug the suit directly into 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 Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves HUB connected to your computer with the USB-C cable (Anker), click the glove icon in the top right corner to open the panel:


Applying your Wifi Settings

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

If you haven't already done so, please connect the HUB of your Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves 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 that showcases which Smartgloves are connected with USB.

The Smartgloves 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 its 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 Smartgloves 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), the receiver port of DHCP mode, you can do so via the "advanced Wifi settings" dropdown. 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 from the computer and connect a battery to the USB.

At this point, you should see a grey avatar in the scene, with the LED's of the HUB being green. 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


Putting on the Smartgloves

Before putting on the gloves you should pull up the zipper on the side of the gloves for easier access. To put on the gloves, put your hand into the glove and pull the leather on the bottom. Once the glove is on make sure that the sensors are on your second last finger joint for best accuracy. Finally, pull down the zipper and the Smartgloves should fit tightly around your hands.


Creating an Actor Profile and assigning it

Now that your Smartgloves is connected to your computer via WiFi, the grey Rokoko hands have appeared in the scene, and you have put on the Smartgloves, 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 Smartgloves to it. You can see the Smartgloves 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: Pray Pose


Calibration: Pray Pose

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


Perform a "pray pose", to calibrate the system by holding the palms together with fingers straight.

If you use the gloves and the suit at the same time, you have to perform a straight pose and your hands have to be pointing down with the palms facing your thigh.

Remember to stay still while the software counts down from 3 once you click the calibration button


Straight Pose

If you own a Smartsuit and want to do a calibration with both the Smartgloves and Smartsuit you'll do the straight pose like you normally would to calibrate the Smartsuit.

 

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 Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves's full potential. Working with the plugins will allow you to apply Smartgloves 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 Smartgloves (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 Smartgloves (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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