NaturalMotion Ltd., developer of Dynamic Motion Synthesis-based 3D animation technologies, has closed a major round of financing through an investment by Benchmark Capital Europe, the venture capitalist firm behind eBay and other online entities. The additional capital will help NaturalMotion further develop of innovative and interactive 3D entertainment technologies.
‘Raising additional capital was a matter of choice, not necessity, and had a lot to do with the partner,’ says Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion. ‘We have had a great relationship with Benchmark since well before the financing and truly share their vision of building pioneering, world-class technology companies.’
NaturalMotion’s 3D animation products, endorphin, euphoria and morpheme, utilize Adaptive Behaviors and artificial intelligence to simulate the human-nervous system so that content creators can achieve realistic reactions rather than using canned animations. Widely used in the film and game industries, endorphin creates off-line animation faster than traditional techniques. Based on Oxford University research on the control of body movements, euphoria synthesizes 3D character animation in real time on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, creating unique gameplay moments for upcoming games including Star Wars and Indiana Jones titles from LucasArts. The recently announced morpheme is described as a powerful new animation engine and tool chain for next-generation game development. More information on the company and its products can be found at www.naturalmotion.