From left to right: Ryan Moodie, Ryan Comeau and Patrick Moodie
From left to right: Ryan Moodie, Ryan Comeau and Patrick Moodie

The DARI Story

Patrick and Ryan Moodie, two brothers from Kansas, started DARI in 2007 with a simple goal: to take biomechanical analysis out of the lab and into the real world. At the time, Patrick was spending countless hours in a biomechanics lab at the University of Kansas–painstakingly applying markers, calibrating force-plates and squinting at spreadsheets. Exasperated with the time-consuming process, he was determined to find a better way to study human motion. He recruited his brother Ryan, set up a motion capture system in a basement, and got to work.

Their first breakthrough came when Pat discovered a method to capture accurate ground reaction forces without force plates. They secured a patent and the two brothers started their own company: DARI.

Soon Pat and Ryan put their minds to other problems. Looking to make each data capture session faster and more accurate, they adopted a technology that was then in its infancy: markerless motion capture. Now they were able to collect data on ten people in the time that their marker-based system could collect on one.

Over the years, DARI has transformed. The company has built the world’s largest biomechanical database and processor known as the DARI Vault. It is a processing engine that has reduced motion data processing time from days to milliseconds. With their markerless system and the Vault, they can now capture and deliver motion data in minutes. The foundation of DARI–fast, accurate data collection–was complete.

DARI is no longer a small, two person organization. Today we support a global customer base in wellness, performance and workplace applications. From markerless motion capture, to real-time data processing and enhanced reporting, the DARI team continues to find new ways to take biomechanical analysis out of the lab and into the real world.