Motion tracking is often considered one of the key components of modern high-end virtual reality (VR). The lack of accurate positional tracking is one of the marks against mobile VR, but positioning systems are also one of the trickiest things to get right. LYRobotix is offering a possible way for mobile and PC VR with its NOLO universal motion tracking system.
The NOLO Motion Tracking System is designed to be used on all types of VR systems, from Mobile VR like Google Daydream, PC-based VR like the OSVR and earlier versions of the Oculus Rift. Even systems like the Nibiru OS powered headsets. The system is said to offer room-scale, six degree-of-freedom motion tracking, with only a few settings needed to integrate it into any VR rig.
The NOLO system comes in several parts, the Base Station forms the ‘core’, a small form-factor and lack of wires means it should be fairly easy to place, needing to face the play area on a flat, horizontal surface for best effect. The NOLO Base Station can last for up to four hours on a charge. The Headset Marker provides the 6DoF head-tracking for the system. It fits onto the headset using a provided headset mount, and its powered either by a PC or smartphone using a Micro USB cable.
There are also two controllers which provide 6DoF hand-tracking. The controllers ave a touch pad, full button function, including a trigger and can last up to seven hours on a charge.
Funding for the project was initially acquired by Crowdfunding, with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign in March 2017 that managed to achieve its funding goal in old eight hours, eventually getting over 400% of its initial funding goal by the end of the campaign.
LYRobotix claim the NOLO system is compatible with almost every currently available VR and AR headset, including the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, Google Cardboard and Microsoft HoloLens. The company is also working with several companies involved in VR and AR technology, such as Huawei, Pimax, Nibiru and Trinus VR to further develop the NOLO Motion Tracking system.
Update: An earlier version of this story inferred that the NOLO VR system was usable with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as each have their own system there is no compatibility with the Oculus Rift CV1 of the HTC Vive. There is, however, compatability with the Oculus DK2 and the OSVR HDK2 on the PC VR side. VRFocus apologises for this confusion.