For those that are interested in tracking multiple objects in virtual reality (VR), full-body motion tracking, for instance, 2021 is set to offer plenty of choices for the SteamVR system. HTC Vive has just launched its third-generation Vive Tracker or for a third-party alternative, there’s the upcoming Tundra Tracker which is going to launch a Kickstarter later this month.
The Tundra Tracker is designed to be a smaller, lighter solution to the Vive Tracker 2.0 which retails for £109.99 GBP – the new Vive Tracker 3.0 also boasts a small form factor but retails for £129.00. However, the biggest benefit the Tundra Tracker could have over its rival is connectivity. Vive Trackers all require a dongle, one for each unit which means you’d either need plenty of free USB ports on your PC or a USB hub.
Making that process a bit simpler, the Tundra Tracker only needs one dongle to do all the work, you just need to make sure you buy the right one for your needs. There will be three dongles available supporting 3,5 or 7 trackers all of which will be available in bundles. Starting from $94.99 USD for a single tracker, bundles will begin at $130 rising up to $630 for 7 trackers and one compatible dongle.
|1||Super Wireless Dongle (max 3 devices)||$129.99|
|3||Super Wireless Dongle (max 3 devices)||$299.99|
|5||Super Wireless Dongle (max 5 devices)||$459.99|
|7||Super Wireless Dongle (max 7 devices)||$629.99|
|N/A||Super Wireless Dongle (max 3 devices)||$42.99|
|N/A||Super Wireless Dongle (max 5 devices)||$59.99|
|N/A||Super Wireless Dongle (max 7 devices)||$79.99|
The Tundra Tracker Kickstarter is slated to launch on 29th March. The device will support SteamVR compatible headsets like HTC Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Pro Eye, Cosmos Elite, Valve Index and Varjo. To attach it to peripherals or your body the trackers will include an integrated strap loop baseplate as well as compatibility with screwthread 1/4-20 mounts. It’ll also support SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 base stations.
Offering another alternative SteamVR tracking solution is the Manus Pro Tracker set to launch later this year. Mainly designed to work comfortably with its Manus Prime II gloves, the trackers do have a universal mounting system for wider compatibility but will retail for €299 EUR.
Once the Kickstarter concludes on 28th May, delivery to backers expected to begin over the summer – a tentative release date for early backers is 19th June. When the crowd-funding campaign launches VRFocus will bring you further updates on its progress.