Freetrack - Free headtracking software and hardware plans.

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  1. juppy

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    Anyone checked out Freetrack yet?

    http://www.free-track.org/

    Came across this little gem a few days ago and doesnt appear to have been mentioned here yet. Basically its a freeware competitor to TrackIR, which is software/hardware that tracks movement of your head so you can control camera angles in racing games/flight sims etc, works with rFactor, GPL GTR2, FLight Sim X etc.

    Software is free and there's instructions to make the LED hardware at the site. You just need some basic tools, LEDs and a webcam to bring it all to life.

    Nice little youtube clip of it in action below with one of my favourite games, Future Pinball (works with that too obviously).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJHAdXT7-tc

    Do a youtube search for Freetrack and you will get plenty of examples of what this baby can do.

    Enjoy.... and give some feedback if you decide to make one.
     
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    That's seriously cool - Though you have to wear 3 LED's on your head for 6DOF, right?

    If I go to borrow my sister's headband to attach some LEDs to.. I think people might start thinking i'm a little strange.

    ---dens
     
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    yeah , you can set it up for anything from 1 - 4 leds I think.... gives you different degrees of movement, 1 being limited, 4 being the most.

    Edit: Actually 4 LED's is no not needed in the newer version... 3 LEDs does the job just as well.
     
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    Anyone had a go at making one of these yet?
     
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    Does it work with 360 degrees of rotation? It would be awesome to have setup with a VR style head mounted display.....

    Write some drivers to work camera in first person games like Quake 4, Crysis or portal etc.

    Friggen awesome.
     
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    I doubt it, I think you would need to have an extra cam above your head looking down for that to work otherwise the front mounted camera would lose sight of the LEDs... I could be wrong though. There's a forum there so they should be able to answer that one.

    It does work with some fps though as well, but just to turn your head a bit from side to side, up and down etc. Still that would be nice.
     
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