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Object Tracking

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I am interested in building some sort of object tracking device - I was hoping to not have to use an actual camera for bandwidth and processing reasons.

The project idea would be some sort of wand tracking for a VR headset.

The requirements for the tracking system would be short range (<2m) and fairly high accuracy. What sort of technologies would be most appropriate for this style of tracking?

Thank you in advance for your help.


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tracking what?

the easiest hardware wise is with a camera, feel free to lower resolution
i enjoyed working with the kinect as it has built in person tracker/identifier for faster processing, and has depth sensor to put image in 3d enviroment

if you are just tracking a hand or head i have see some cool wii projects on youtube
I have seen other hand tracking with special type of wires in a glove that changes properties when bent,
or devices with gyroscopes and accelerometers but there s a bit of math behind that one

since you mention vr headset, some of the libraries I have seen around are OPENGL & PCL but they use c++
I am doing a small 3d environment but in c#, I used OPENTK (opengl equivalent for c#), and brushed with OPENCV for image processing, I found OPENTK to be very easy(considering) to work with, and with just a few extra lines of code it was able to convert to a 3D world projection on my 3DTV in 3D!

BE CAREFUL though! testing excessive parameters on your depth perception can leave you dizzy and not able to look at a monitor for days...
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(For the the uninitiated, like me:), VR= virtual reality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality_headset#History. )

Hy zackjack,

Which state are you at: care to put it on your profile window on the left of your posts?

Just a thought, would Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) be of any interest? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification

RFID would be quite cheap to implement and would use minimum bandwidth, but it would mean that each item to be tracked would need to be fitted with a small RFID tag.

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