@Charles Murray - We've identified a few improvements:
The lack of an actual suit (it uses straps with wireless sensors) allows for the system to be used on people of all sizes, children, animals, etc. without the need for multiple suits.
Since they communicate wirelessly, there's no need for line of sight like in optical systems so you can have 2 actors, both wearing the system, interact with each other in a realistic way without worrying that one will block the view of the other.
You also don't need any special studios or set ups. We've used them on a basketball court!
And lastly, we've worked on making the price affordable. We package a Mocap Starter Bundle with 17 sensors and 3 wireless communication dongles for $3,995.
I'm curious how good the navigation / tracking aspect of this device is.
I remember that before GPS, there were companies using similar technology to track you location, but it used to take up the entire trunk of a car.
I follow MotoGP motorcycle racing ( motogp dot com ) and the ECUs that the motorcycles use are banned from using GPS. Some classes of racing can use GPS which is used to modify power and traction control settings for each specific area of the trace track. I wonder if this technology is not banned by MotoGP and could be good enough for them to use for that purpose?
And also the already in built kalman filtering is a big advantage for control applications. Because implementing it for complex systems can be very complex. I can see people benefiting greatly from this device.
Thanks cabe for sharing this article, This device is certainly going to bring about advancement in numerous fields, not just gaming. Although, It would have been great if it was launched two years earlier, would have saved me alot of work in my final year project. It was on self balancing segway in which we had to control the orientation of the segway. THe orientation data was being provided by the combination of accelerometer and gyroscope seperately. And for analysis we were using rs232 interfaces with AVR controller. If only we had gotten hold on this device earlier, it would have made things far easier for us. Specially the communication module interfaced with the device is of great use.
Cabe, I might be mistaken, but I sort of remember seeing a device like a year ago that used optical sensing...tracking your eyes instead of hand movements. I was wondering if you have heard of it and if it ever got anywhere? Seems weird to me, but who knows. I guess you could left blink and right blink, or even double blink...lol Might be hard to hold that right eye shut as you move a file though.....lol It would be great for those who need it though. I was just joking. I know there is a need for that type of a system.
Cabe, great article as usual. I just read about the Rift the other day. Sounds like a good match to me. Wonder if you could put it in a wireless glove and not need a kinect or Leap type solution. Ahh, just a thought. They say the new kinect is very precise. Seems like this is the way things are heading.