OptiTrack to Showcase its Signature Pulse Active Tracking Technology at GDC 2019

OptiTrack’s tracking technology is used by location-based entertainment (LBE) centres specialising in virtual reality (VR) around the world, and at GDC 2019 this week the company is showcasing its latest tech. 

OptiTrack Jenga Demo

Guests at the expo will be able to see OptiTrack’s latest six degrees of freedom (6DoF) system with its Signature Pulse Active tracking technology, via a custom-built demo based around Jenga blocks.

“We wanted to highlight some of the things that make OptiTrack technology so popular with the world’s location-based VR professionals, so we developed a live show that demonstrates that our systems track everything, which allows LBVR experience designers to fully express their creativity, without worrying about technical limits,” said Brian Nilles, CSO at OptiTrack in a statement. “So we built an LBVR set that will track everything within it, including two sets of Jenga blocks, which people can play live – and in VR, and we embedded our Active tracking tech in everything else in the experience in order to open people’s imaginations to the possibilities.”

The ‘Track Everything’ GDC demo features more than 130 objects tracked simultaneously with OptiTrack’s Signature Pulse Active, with the system specs reportedly delivering:

  • Positional errors  < 0.2mm
  • Rotational errors < 0.02 deg
  • Tracking areas > 10,000 sq ft (930 sq m)
  • Number of tracked objects > 250 with a single PC
  • Signature Pulse Active: each individual LED is tracked and identified independently
  • Enables tracking of 100s of identical items
  • 100% drift free tracking

In addition to Signature Pulse Active, OptiTrack will also be showing the new HTC Vive Pro HMD clip and its plug-and-play integration, a prototype Manus VR/OptiTrack hybrid glove, and the OptiTrack integrated Striker VR haptic feedback weapon.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of OptiTrack as the LBE industry continues to grow, reporting back with the latest updates and announcements.