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Crane on track for VR and AR applications

Graphica is a new range of manual tracked camera cranes for virtual or augmented reality developed with crane manufacturer CamMate. Shotoku claims that the cranes offer “industry-leading tracking capabilities in a portable package that is scalable, stable and, most importantly, repeatable.”

The system calculates positional data output from embedded physical rotary encoders designed specifically for VR applications, which are claimed to be free of the jitters, external markers and area limitations often associated with other positional tracking systems.

Its encoders process data via the SPI interface to provide realtime data output, and its SPi-Touch origin reset and two-point calibration function mean that complete calibration is needed just once and takes 20 seconds.

There are seven models ranging in overall length from 2.5m to 12.4m, with a reach of 1.5m to 10m. They come with custom-made carry cases.

Shotoku is also showing its SmartPed Robotic Pedestal, SmartTrack ceiling mounted rail track camera system and Free-d2 Absolute Tracking System for VR and AR applications.