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Tracking systems and the value of inertial technology
Author(s): Frido Kuijper; Andre T. Smits; Hans Jense
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Paper Abstract

This paper intents to add to the literature on 3D position and orientation tracking system by describing TNO's experience with the InterSense tracking system that uses a combination of inertial and ultra-sound technology. From the results of a performance evaluation study and our practical experience with this system in military applications, the value of the system and its underlying inertial technology based hybrid concept is determined. The performance figures addressed in the study include noise and registration error characteristics. Orientation and position tracking performance results are provided for the InterSense system. The figures are compared with the figures for the Polhemus FASTRACK system. The hybrid tracking system concept as introduced by InterSense is of great value to virtual environment applications. The filter algorithms included in the InterSense tracking system to combine the two different sensor types result in a system that is both fast and noise free. The system is very well suited for most immersive applications. Registration error, however, is rather large, causing the system to be inadequate for augmented reality applications in its current implementation. TNO feels that the concept will evolve to an inertial technology based system combined with high accuracy auxiliary trackers that will meet the requirements for augmented reality applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3639, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VI, (24 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349403
Show Author Affiliations
Frido Kuijper, TNO Physics and Electronics Lab. (Netherlands)
Andre T. Smits, TNO Physics and Electronics Lab. (Netherlands)
Hans Jense, TNO Physics and Electronics Lab. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3639:
Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VI
Mark T. Bolas; John O. Merritt; Scott S. Fisher; Mark T. Bolas; Scott S. Fisher, Editor(s)

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