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TrackIMU features unlimited field of view and natural viewing experience. It places your head in the games for immersive experience.
TrackIMU features unlimited field of view and natural viewing experience. It places your head in the games for immersive experience.
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TrackIMU: Camera-free, Wearable Head Motion Tracker

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

TrackIMU aims to provide fully Immersive, natural viewing experience in your game or virtual reality scenes, without a camera! TrackIMU provides the world’s most affordable solution for real-time 3-axis rotation/orientation tracking. It uses Arduino and IMU modules that are basic electronics modules on market, to accomplish the same or better function than expensive motion tracking units “packaged” specifically for high price.

TrackIMU is a true wearable technology, super convenient to use. The complete system is so small and light that you simply attach it on top of your gaming headset and it does all the work for you. 

 

 

 

The TrackIMU system consists of hardware and software.The software intuitively guides the setup and visualization of the TrackIMU device.

The hardware includes the state-of-the-art IMU chip (9 Degrees-of-Freedom, MPU 9250) and its on-board processor (basic Arduino Pro Micro), integrated by a customized PCB board and enclosed in a beautifully designed plastic case.

The major modules are introduced here:

 

A video showing the design and assembly process

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  • TrackIMU User Interface software

In order to get accurate orientation information from raw measurement from 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer, a proprietary algorithm of extended Kalman Filter is developed. The algorithm is embedded on the Arduino Pro Micro for real-time data fusion on board. In addition to the firmware, a Desktop based TrackIMU User Interface software is also developed. It allows the users to calibrate the magnetometer conveniently and view the orientation intuitively.

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Play ARMAII with TrackIMU

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 Play Project cars with TrackIMU

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Play Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) World with TrackIMU

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TrackIMU is also a development tool for IMU-enabled applications and products. The hardware is designed to be compatible with electrical breadboard, offering you the capability for quick prototyping. Using the Arduino and MPU9250, you can debug your own embedded systems for various applications. This photo and video here shows an examplary application, "air mouse", which tracks your hand motion and controls the cursor, similar technology as some smart TV remote controllers.

 

 

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The development kit also includes some popular accessories, breadboard, button switches, resistors, jump wires. A list of open source program examples and tutorials would help you jump start your development effort. 

 

TrackIMU system comes with 2 versions: a. TrackIMU Complete; b. TrackIMU DIY. Besides a&b, an additional version is c. TrackIMU Development Kit.

 


 

 

 


 

 

Risks and challenges

The modular design of TrackIMU, using standard and wide available components, significantly reduces classical risks involved with supplier chain management, manufacturing, assembly and etc. We do not envision major risks delivering the products. Having said that, we keep the following challenges in our mind throughout the project.

1. Reliability. As a new company, we do not have a systematic quality assurance at this stage. Even though every product will be tested before shipping, we will keep an eye on the long term reliability of the product. Problems might come from manufacturing, packaging or shipping process. Feedback from customers will help us improve product reliability in the long term.

2. Timeline. Products manufacturing will start immediately after the campaign concludes. Depending on the location of the customers, delivery may arrive with 1-2 month after the campaign. We do appreciate customers' patients when waiting for the delivery.

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    Thank you & Make TrackIMU Software free

    Thank you for your support and help us make TrackIMU User Interface software freely downloadable from our website.

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    TrackIMU DIY

    including:
    - Micro USB cable, 3 meters long
    - TrackIMU Main Board
    - 9DOF IMU (MPU9250) + Barometer (BMP180/280)
    - TrackIMU Plastic Case
    - TrackIMU User Interface Software

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    TrackIMU

    including:
    - TrackIMU (Fully assembled)
    - Micro USB Cable, 3 meters long
    - TrackIMU User Interface Software

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    TrackIMU Development Kit

    including:
    - TrackIMU development board, assembled
    - Micro USB Cable, 3 meters long
    - 1 X breadboard
    - 5 X push button
    - 5 X 10kOhm resistor
    - 1 X Rainbow jump wire cable (20cm, 40pin)

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    5 sets of TrackIMU DIY

    5 X TrackIMU DIY, everyone of which includes:
    - Micro USB cable, 3 meters long
    - TrackIMU Main Board
    - 9DOF IMU (MPU9250) + Barometer (BMP180/280)
    - TrackIMU Plastic Case
    - TrackIMU User Interface Software

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    5 sets of TrackIMU

    5 X TrackIMU, everyone of which includes:
    - TrackIMU (Fully assembled)
    - Micro USB Cable, 3 meters long
    - TrackIMU User Interface Software

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    5 sets of TrackIMU Development Kit

    5 X TrackIMU Development kit, everyone of which includes:
    - TrackIMU development board, assembled
    - Micro USB Cable, 3 meters long
    - 1 X breadboard
    - 5 X push button
    - 5 X 10kOhm resistor
    - 1 X Rainbow jump wire cable (20cm, 40pin)

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