HAS-Motion brings biomechanical software assets to Kingston

Visual3D application. Image via C-Motion website.

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, local biomechanics software company HAS-Motion announced the acquisition of software assets from Maryland-based research biomechanics company C-Motion.

The acquisition will enable HAS-Motion to continue its “15-year history of research and development while providing the biomechanics community with world-class software,” according to a release from the company.

HAS-Motion was established in 2008 by Scott Selbie as a research and development partner for C-Motion. During its over 30-year run, C-Motion developed many software applications including Visual3D, used by university researchers, health care professionals, and professional sports teams to model and analyze human movement data.

Other software applications developed by C-Motion include Inspect3D, which is used to analyze large amounts of human movement data, and DSX, which allows users to analyze videos made up of X-ray images.

According to Richard Moulton, Director of Technology for HAS-Motion, Selbie founded HAS-Motion as an independent Canadian company to make it easier to research in partnership with C-Motion and professors at Queen’s University.

“Since 2008, HAS-Motion has partnered on many different research projects. One of these research projects was successful enough that it became its own company, Theia Markerless, in 2020. This week, HAS-Motion announced that it had purchased all of the intellectual property and rights to C-Motion’s software applications in order to continue their development and continue to advance research into human movement,” Moulton shared in an interview with Kingstonist.

“Visual3D, Inspect3D, and DSX are used by customers on all five continents around the world. Here in Kingston, the software is used by researchers at Queen’s University. Residents in Kingston might have seen this software used if they have participated in a study at either the Human Mobility Research Laboratory or the Skeletal Observation Laboratory, both part of Queen’s University’s Human Mobility Research Centre and located in Hotel Dieu Hospital.”

According to the release, HAS-Motion aims to further develop C-Motion’s core software products, introduce new products for data management, and provide support to all of C-Motion’s existing customers.

“In terms of the broader Kingston community, this acquisition brings a world-class collection of software applications to Kingston. This will strengthen Kingston’s already strong biomechanics community, which includes Kingston-based companies such as Theia Markerless and Kinarm,” Moulton said.

“This acquisition will also lead directly to hiring new employees in Kingston, with four new full-time employees already added in the past six months.”

Find HAS-Motion on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/has-motion. Moulton shared that their website is in the final stages of its development and is publicly visible at https://www.has-motion.ca/

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