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VR Tracker Support

VR Tracker Support


Soldier on the Omnifinity Omnideck motion platform, wearing a VR HMD. The soldier is immersed in the VRSG scene displayed in the headset.

MetaVR VRSG supports 3 or 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) position tracking technology. This capability totally immerses users in a simulated world with either a handheld visual device or a head-mounted display (HMD). VRSG's tracker support is integrated directly with the display mechanism such that latency is minimized during rapid movements by the user. 

Tracker use with VRSG can range from virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality headsets to emulated military devices for target locating and laser designating used by JTACs. When you use a VR or mixed reality system with VRSG, you can experience MetaVR's high-resolution geospecific terrain and photo-realistic models from the 3D model libraries in a 360-degree view at 2160 x 1200 pixel resolution. 

Supported commercial tracking, VR, and Mixed Reality systems

Latest VR and Mixed Reality Devices

VRSG supports any VR HMD that is compatible with OpenVR API / SteamVR. The support is native.

Through a VRSG plugin, the Varjo line of HMDs is also supported: Varjo VR-2, Varjo VR-2 Pro, and Varjo XR-1 mixed-reality. Usage of VRSG with a VR system is nearly the same for all systems. Settings include whether to render the scene in a single pass, render the controllers and/or or base station, and resolution refinements for foveated rendering.

Other Supported Devices

VRSG supports mixed-reality VR solutions with Varjo XR-1, Collins Aerospace Coalescence, and SA Photonics SA-92/S systems. In such systems the trainee wearing the headset can see not only the virtual world rendered in VRSG but also physical controls within a cockpit as well as  their hands, as shown in the photo on the right. A green screen is not needed with these solutions. Polygon masking within a given model determines where real-world pixels will be displayed.  

In this photo, the pilot in MetaVR's Fixed-Wing Part Task Mission Trainer (PTMT) is wearing an HTC Vive Pro running VRSG, which was augmented with Collins Aerospace’s Coalescence mixed-reality system. The monitor at the top of the photo shows what he sees in the headset, including his finger touching a control. (The second monitor is a stealth view of the plane he is piloting.)

Supported Simulated Military Equipment

For fielding in simulation training facilities, VRSG works with simulated, or emulated, military equipment used by forward air controllers (FACs) or JTACs, to illuminate targets for aircraft and artillery strikes. These simulated devices have a tracker embedded in the hardware.

The image to the right showsVRSG integrated with an emulated SOFLAM military target locator with a 3DOF tracker located within the housing. (The external VRSG display shows the same scene that can be seen by looking through in the SOFLAM eyepiece.)

MetaVR VRSG rendering the scene inside BSI's emulated SOFLAM emulated military device

Supported Notional Equipment

VRSG supports notional devices that use the InterSense InertiaCube4 tracker such as the NVIS Ranger 47 hand-held binocular, which is designed for training and simulation applications. This notional emulated device features dual SXGA OLED microdisplays with focus-adjustable eyepieces displaying a 47 degree diagonal field-of-view (36H x 28V). Stereopsis is supported via two independent video inputs. An external mounting plate accommodates an InertiaCube4 tracker. The Ranger 47 provides 4 programmable USB joystick compatible buttons, plus a z-axis scroll wheel, all of which are interoperable with VRSG to provide laser range and emission of the designator PDU, and thermal views.

MetaVR's technology can scale to be portable with notebook computers and low profile head-mounted displays. MetaVR can scale (up or down) the components to meet your individual price and performance needs. Any immersive display device supporting VGA, S-Video, or NTSC can be integrated with VRSG.

Tracking system support is part of  VRSG. You can request a quote for VRSG directly from MetaVR by filling out the quote request form.