SteamVR Tracking Dev Kit Aims to Make VR Controllers Cheaper, Easier to Design


Tundra Labs is releasing a brand new SteamVR Monitoring improvement package. That includes a tiny new module which condenses the mandatory management, processing, and communication elements right into a mere 16mm × 10mm, the improvement package is smaller and cheaper, and goals to streamline the method of designing VR controllers and peripherals that use SteamVR Monitoring.

Accessible for pre-order at the moment, the brand new Tundra Labs SteamVR Monitoring Common Goal HDK (TL448K6D-GP-HDK) is the following step in a continued evolution of smaller, less complicated, and cheaper SteamVR Monitoring .

“Many corporations and builders have acknowledged that SteamVR Monitoring is great monitoring know-how,” stated Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor, a collaborator on the HDK. “Sadly, integrating SteamVR Monitoring right into a working product is a non-trivial job that entails a multidisciplinary workforce to tug off a cultured product. Clients want SteamVR Monitoring experience, electronics prototyping, tracked object mechanical/monitoring design, and final however definitely not least, SteamVR-specific firmware improvement. Even massive corporations have skilled issue pulling all of this experience collectively below one roof.”

SteamVR Monitoring is Valve’s room-scale monitoring system which makes use of ‘base stations’ that sweep lasers throughout the room. Objects tracked by the system want two major issues: embedded sensors which detect the laser sweeps, and elements which might course of the information and talk with a bunch gadget which is able to make use of the data.

The Tundra Labs SteamVR Monitoring HDK goals to streamline issues throughout the board by offering a less expensive and simpler start line for corporations that wish to construct merchandise with SteamVR Monitoring.

Picture courtesy Tundra Labs

The HDK features a new module which condenses most of the obligatory elements right into a tiny ‘system in package deal’ (SIP) measuring simply 16mm × 10mm. The module comprises the SteamVR Monitoring firmware and handles all the obligatory information processing for the tracked object earlier than it will get despatched to the host gadget.

On the sensor aspect, the Tundra Labs HDK options 25 of the most recent TS4112 sensors from Triad Semiconductor, one other firm which has labored carefully with Valve on SteamVR Monitoring. Triad says that its newest sensors are smaller, extra energy environment friendly, and supply improved monitoring efficiency.

Flex cables tipped with SteamVR Monitoring sensors enable for prototyping tracked objects of assorted shapes. | Picture courtesy Tundra Labs

With delivery anticipated to begin subsequent month, the $130 Tundra Labs SteamVR Monitoring HDK is considerably cheaper than the same HDK beforehand provided by Triad for $350. Its core module can also be a lot smaller, enabling new form-factors, like Logitech’s VR stylus.

The tiny Tundra Labs SteamVR Monitoring SIP module | Picture courtesy Tundra Labs

Tundra Labs founder Luke Beno believes the fee and ease of the HDK opens the door for SteamVR Monitoring improvement to transcend massive corporations with expansive sources.

“The low price reference designs additionally drastically decrease the barrier of entry for startups, college students, makers, and hobbyists to experiment with the SteamVR Monitoring know-how and share their concepts. Tundra Labs has created on-line communities at Hackaday.io and Hackster.io the place revolutionary minds can experiment with new designs, share them and doubtlessly join these ideas and concepts with producers.”

Past its SteamVR Monitoring HDK, Tundra Labs additionally presents customized design providers for corporations who wish to construct merchandise with SteamVR Monitoring, and sells the SIP module for corporations who want the part for mass manufacturing of tracked peripherals.

“The Tundra Labs [SIP] was created to make the design and manufacturing of SteamVR Tracked units simpler, decrease price and with considerably quicker time to market,” Tundra Labs writes on its web site. “For the primary time these modules supply a totally scalable manufacturing answer to fulfill any quantity. This scale spans from area of interest units constructed within the 10s of items to mass market shopper units with volumes of 100,000 or extra.”

 

Whereas the most recent Tundra Labs SteamVR Monitoring HDK is constructed for common goal use-cases, the corporate additionally plans to launch application-specific reference designs sooner or later.

“These might be used for physique monitoring or different controller kind elements, finally the goal use can be decided by buyer curiosity and suggestions,” stated Beno. “The aim of all reference designs is to leverage the extensibility of [SteamVR Tracking] and the [SIP] to allow a various set of equipment into the ecosystem for each shopper and enterprise functions.”