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Open source 2D animation/puppeteering framework

Inochi2D is an open source, BSD 2-clause licensed toolkit and ecosystem for real-time 2D puppet animation, for use in game development, virtual avatars and other multimedia applications. Our ecosystem features a SDK and two tools: Inochi Creator, which allows the user to create a puppet by rigging layered 2D art via warping meshes, physics, dynamic masking and real-time lighting, in order to create the illusion of depth and liveliness. And Inochi Session, which allows the use of Inochi2D puppets for livestreaming, teleconferencing and more, by mapping external tracking data to a puppet's rigging. The SDK and tools together allows anyone to express themselves without restrictive licensing terms.

With this grant our goal is to improve the user experience and portability of our tooling via the creation of a new UI toolkit which is purpose-built just for Inochi2D, called libsoba. We also plan to finish and release a major update to Inochi2D, version 0.9, which aims to make Inochi2D more future proof and portable, making it viable to use in game engines such as Godot and Unity, and on the web via WebASM, WebGL and WebGPU.

Run by Kitsunebi Games

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.