Walking the Walk in VR with OptiTrack

VRFocus spoke with the company's CEO about the camera system's continued development into VR.

While a great deal of the virtual reality (VR) industry is focused on providing immersive experiences that consumers can enjoy at home or on the move, there’s a select group of companies developing far grander ‘out-of-home’ technology. One of those is OptiTrack, a camera company that’s utilising its many years of expertise to build free-roaming systems for use in arcades or theme parks. At the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, VRFocus caught up with OptiTrack’s CEO, Jim Richardson to find out more.   

For the event OptiTrack showcased its new Active Tracking VR technology in collaboration with StrikerVR, a haptic gun manufacturer. OptiTrack’s system allows the tracking of various guns and head-mounted displays (HMDs) in an area of around 100 feet by 100 feet, with up to 500 objects within that area.

OptiTrack camera

Using cameras and LED’s – which the company has been continually developing for 20 years – OptiTrack then focused on expanding the system into the VR sphere, allowing it’s implementation to be much easier and quicker. Last year you may have followed VRFocus‘ coverage of THE VOID and its Ghostbusters experience at Madam Tussauds in New York City – or even been down to play it – that’s uses OptiTrack’s system.

Checkout the full interview below, and for further coverage of OptiTrack and its VR developments, keep reading VRFocus.

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