Virtual reality developers may be interested to know that Virtual Builds, a company of ASIC engineering firm Noisefigure Research has now started marketing its new SteamVR Tracking development hardware In the form of Virtual Builds Pebble Kit which supports SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0. Check out the video below to learn more about the Pebble kits which allow you to combine sensors, ribbons, and boards to create SteamVR trackers. Once built the trackers are capable of providing tracking for a single object to the SteamVR Environment with VALVe OpenVR API.
Priced at $200 developers can select their required core and also either purchase the tracker either assembled or in kit form depending on their preferences. The tracking system is capable of supporting up to 32 VR Sensors. Features of the Object Tracking DIY Kit include :
– Comes pre-loaded with latest firmware to work with SteamVR Tracking out of the box
– Supports Gen1 and Gen2 operation
– Supports up to 32 VR Sensors (24 sensors provided, NFR Sensor)
– Communication to host computer via micro-USB port (wire not included) or BLE connection (dongle included)
– ASICS on Core Hex include:
– Lattice ICE40HX8K-CB132 FPGA
– Atmel ATSAMG55J19A-MU ARM Cortex M4 Processor
– Nordic nRF52832-QFAA 2.4GHz Radio SoC with Cortex M4 Processor
– InvenSense MPU-6500 Accelerometer and Gyroscope
– All flex connectors to assemble pebble provided
– Battery is included
For more information jump over to the official Virtual Builds website for full specifications and ordering options.
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