A group of Carnegie Melon researchers recently developed a new type of animation software that makes it easier for designers to reproduce organic movements. The new software is called 'Dranimate' and it is designed to simplify the animation process.
The new software relies on Leap Motion technology, which is a computer hardware device that allows individuals to use their finger motions as input. This technology allows a user to map their fingers to specific nodes on hand-drawn silhouettes. The nodes operate as joints and allow the user to move the figure with their hands. The effect can be thought of of as a digital marionette, where each movement of the cartoon corresponds to a finger movement by the user.
The Dranimate software dramatically reduces animation time, while also providing an intuitive platform for storytelling.