iOS Support for LPMS-B2

LPMS-B2, besides Bluetooth classic, also supports Bluetooth 4 / Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows us to connect the sensor to Apple mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone or the Apple watch. We recently have created a library that enables development of applications supporting LPMS-B2 on these devices.

The library can be accessed via our open source repository.

The repository contains a skeleton application that shows usage of the most basic parts of the library. The library itself is contained in the following files:

A sensor object is initialized and connected using the follwoing code:

More coming soon..

LPVR Manual & VIVE Pro Holder Prototype

LPVR Quick Start Guide

We have written a quick start guide for the LP VR system. The guide describes the assembly of the VIVE marker holder and the installation/usage of the LPVR SteamVR driver. The guide at the moment doesn’t contain information about the new VIVE Pro holder, but this will be added later.

Download the guide from here: LpvrGettingStarted20180402.pdf

VIVE Pro Sensor Holder

We have been working on the development of a optical marker/sensor holder for the VIVE Pro for a few weeks. It is not completely finished yet, but below is a photo of a prototype.

Large-scale VR Application Case: the Holodeck Control Center

The AUDI Holodeck

Our large-scale VR solution allows any SteamVR-based (e.g. Unity, Unreal, VRED) Virtual Reality software to seamlessly use the HTC VIVE headset together with most large-room tracking systems available on the market (OptiTrack, Vicon, ART). It enables easy configuration and fits into the SteamVR framework, minimizing the effort needed to port applications to large rooms.

One of our first users, Lightshape, have recently released a video showing what they built with our technology.  They call it the Holodeck Control Center, an application which creates multi-user collaborative VR spaces. In it users can communicate and see the same scene whether they are the same real room or in different locations. The installation showcased in the video is used by German car maker Audi to study cars that haven’t been built yet.

Our technology is essential in order to get the best VR experience possible on the 15m × 15m of the main VR surface, combining optical tracking data and IMU measurements to provide precise and responsive positioning of the headsets.  Please have a look at Lightshape’s video below.

Ready for the HTC Vive Pro

In the near future, this installation will be updated to the HTC Vive Pro which our software already supports. The increased pixel density of this successor of the HTC Vive will make the scenes look even more realistic. The resolution is high enough to actually read the various panels once you are in the drivers seat! Besides that, we are also busy studying applications of the front-facing cameras of the Vive Pro in order to improve multi-user interaction.

LPMS-NAV Navigation Sensors for Mobile Robots and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)

We are proud to announce the release of a new series of high-precision sensors for applications in autonomous vehicle navigation. The sensors are based on quartz-vibration gyroscopes with low-noise, low-drift characteristics. They have excellent capabilities for measurement of slow to medium speed rotations.

We offer the new sensors in various versions with different communication interfaces and housing options: LPMS-NAV2, LPMS-NAV2-RS232 and LPMS-NAV2-RS422. Please check more detailed information on our products page

The following video shows a use-case of one of our customers in China. The company is using LPMS-NAV2-RS232 sensor for mobile robot navigation. Automatic navigation of automated guided vehicles (AGV) or cleaning robots are two of the principal application areas of the LPMS-NAV series.

If you have any interest, please contact us for further information.

LPVR Location-based VR Tracking

LPVR Location-based VR Tracking Introduction

UPDATE 1: Full SteamVR platform support

UPDATE 2: Customer use case with AUDI and Lightshape

UPDATE 3: Customer use case with Bandai Namco

Consumer virtual reality head mounted display (HMD) systems such as the HTC VIVE support so-called room scale tracking. These systems are able to track head and controller motion of a user not only in a sitting or other stationary position, but support free, room-wide motions. The volume of this room scale tracking is limited to the capabilities of the specific system, usually covering around 5m x 5m x 3m. Whereas for single user games or applications this space may be sufficient, especially multi-user applications such as arcade-style game setups or enterprise applications require larger tracking volumes.

Optical tracking systems such as Optitrack offer tracking volumes of up to 15m x 15m x 3m. Although the positioning accuracy of optical tracking systems are in the sub-millimeter range, especially orientation measurement is often not sufficient to provide an immersive experience to the user. Image processing and signal routing may introduce further latencies.

Our LPVR-VIVE large room-scale tracking solution solves this problem by combining optical tracking information with inertial measurement data using a special predictive algorithm based on a head motion model.

Compatible HMDs: HTC VIVE, HTC VIVE Pro
Compatible optical tracking systems: Optitrack, VICON, ART, Qualisys, all VRPN-compatible tracking systems
Compatible software: Unity, Unreal, Autodesk VRED, all SteamVR-compatible applications

LPVR-VIVE is now available as a solution from LP-RESEARCH. Please contact us here for more information or a price quotation.

IMU and Optical Tracker Attachment

The system follows each HMD using a combination of optical and IMU tracking. A special 3D-printed holder is used to attach a high-quality IMU (LPMS-CU2) and optical markers to an HTC VIVE headset.

To create a perfectly immersive experience for the user, optical information is augmented with data from an inertial measurement unit at a rate of 800Hz. Additionally to the high frequency / low-latency updates, a head motion model is used to predict future movements of the player’s head. This creates an impression of zero latency gameplay.

Tracking Camera, HMD and Player Setup

In its current configuration the system can track up to 6 actors simultaneously, each holding two VIVE controllers to interact with the environment. Players wear backpack PCs to provide visualization and audio.

Playground and Camera Arrangement

LPVR-VIVE covers an area of 15m x 15m. There is an outer border of 1.5m that is out of the detection range of the cameras. This results in an actual, usable playground area of 13.5m x 13.5m. The overall size of the playground is 182.25m². The cameras are grouped around the playground to provide optimum coverage of the complete area.

 

Contact us for further information.

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