Interactive Media Systems, TU Vienna

OpenTracker - An Open Software Framework for Virtual Reality Input

Lab project in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Keywords: Studierstube, Augmented Reality, Tracking, Distributed Systems.

About this Project

OpenTracker is developed to be generic solution to the different tasks involved in tracking input devices and processing tracking data for virtual environments. It provides an open software architecture based on a highly modular design and a configuration syntax based on XML, thus taking full advantage of this new technology. OpenTracker is a first attempt towards a "write once, track anywhere" approach to virtual reality application development.

Project Partners

Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics (Providence, RI, USA), Fraunhofer IGD (Darmstadt, Germany)

Funding provided by

Austrian Science Foundation under contract no. P-14470-INF

Additional Information

The applications for OpenTracker are manyfold. It can be used as a standalone programm to drive tracking devices, transform tracking data and communicate it to other hosts over the network. As a library it can be linked to vr and ar applications to deal with the tasks of receiving and processing tracking data.

One goal is to provide all tracking functionality needed for our own augmented reality system Studierstube. It will assume all of the before mentioned roles in this setup.

Currently more information and downloads can be found on the OpenTracker Research Site.

Project Website

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