Most current PC-based virtual reality (VR) systems rely on tracking sensors for head and hand tracking, which means positioning several tracking modules in the right position, which can be awkward for people with small or unusually-shaped rooms. Tracking technology specialist uSens is aiming to remove that requirement with advances in its Fingo camera technology.
VRFocus have covered the Fingo before, but the technology has since made an advance. Combining the dual-lens Fingo camera with inside-out six degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) technology, it is now possible to achieve full head and hand tracking with only one Fingo camera. uSens claim that the Fingo system offers better accuracy and flexibility than other inside-out systems such as the HoloLens.
“While VR and AR has exploded in the popular conscious in the last year, realistic tracking technology is still in its early stages of development. The proprietary algorithms in the next generation of our Fingo tracking module will enable this new, combined 6DOF head tracking plus 26DOF hand tracking technology,” said Dr. Yue Fei, chief technology officer and co-founder of uSens, “With only a single stereo camera module, our solution is far more compact and cost-effective for developers seeking to generate more realistic content with lifelike mobility.”
The Fingo module is currently available for developers from the uSens website. Fingo is capable of tracking 22 finger joints at low latency times, allowing users to interact with virtual objects. The Fingo supports both mobile VR systems such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream as well as PC-based systems such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The development kit for the Fingo module costs $99 (USD). You can watch a demonstration video of the technology below.
VRFocus will bring you further news on the Fingo module and other advances in VR tracking technology as it becomes available.