OptiTrack Introduces Active VR Tracking at GDC 2017

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OptiTrack delivers the best active tracking solution ever built, with the lowest deployment cost for theme park scaled VR experiences

Last Updated: February 23, 2017 6:02 pm GMT
(Corvallis, OR--February 23, 2017) OptiTrack today introduced OptiTrack Active, a solution tailored specifically for out-of-home, theme park scaled virtual reality (VR) experiences. This advancement enables greatly simplified manufacturing and deployment efforts for large-scale, multi-user VR experiences. OptiTrack Active will be showcased using Oculus HMDs, Striker VR weapons, and MSI VR One Backpack PCs in the OptiTrack booth (#2002, South Hall) at the 2017 Game Developers Conference, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco March 1-3.



At the core of OptiTrack Active is a set of infra-red LEDs synchronized with OptiTrack’s low latency, high frame rate, Slim 13E cameras, delivering real time marker identification as well as positioning. This differs from OptiTrack’s passive solution, which requires that reflective markers be configured in unique patterns for each tracked object. This can add a great deal of complexity for high volume manufacturing and large-scale deployments of HMDs or weapons. With OptiTrack Active over 100 objects can be tracked simultaneously over areas greater than 100’x100’ (30mx30m), while maintaining world leading precision and low latency.

“We heard the market loud and clear – the leaders in the out-of-home VR space wanted all the tracking performance that OptiTrack systems deliver, but with a way that allows them to build and deploy 500 identical HMDs, not 500 slightly different configurations. The result is the best active tracking system ever built and the lowest cost to rollout to dozens of sites” said Brian Nilles, OptiTrack’s Chief Strategy Officer. “The Slim13E camera, designed specifically for OptiTrack Active, delivers 240fps freeze frame capture and is also 40% lower cost than its passive tracking equivalent. We delivered in every category, one SKU manufacturing, dramatically lowering overall system cost, and we even improved the tracking quality.”

For more information, stop by OptiTrack’s booth (#2002, South Hall) at GDC 2017 or visit: http://optitrack.com/motion-capture-virtual-reality/

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About OptiTrack
OptiTrack, a Leyard Company, has established itself as the worldwide leader in 3D tracking systems by delivering the very best in 3D precision, low latency output, easy to use workflows, and a host of developer tools. Serving primary markets in Virtual Reality (VR) tracking, drone and ground robot tracking, movement science studies, and character animation for film and games, it remains the favorite solution for academia and professional teams whose tracking requirements are the most demanding in the world.

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