Optical Trackers

The optical trackers PST-Pico,  PST Base and PST Iris allow you to track any object’s real-time 3D position and orientation (6DoF). They are plug and play, easy to use, compact, portable, and scalable optical trackers. The premium versions of these trackers are named with HD.

A license for the optical tracker software comes with each tracker. Free updates of the tracking software are included.

 

PST Pico optical tracker

PST Pico

For small and confined spaces
5 cm up to 1.5 m

User Interaction tracker

Extreme near field tracking.

Easy to integrate in small spaces.

PST Base optical tracker

PST Base

Medium volumes and distances
20 cm up to 3 m 

Motion and User interaction tracker

Ideal for simulators

Premium HD version available 

PST Iris optical tracker

PST Iris

Large volumes and distances
up to 7 m

Motion and User interaction tracker

When your tracking volume is furher away

Premium HD version available

 


 

From close range to vast area (near field to wide area optical tracking)

The PST optical trackers can be used to track from exptreme near field (5 cm, PST-Pico) to several meters (up to 7 for the PST-Iris). Depending on the choice of lenses, an optimal tracking area is created. Marker size, size of device and type of marker further determines the ability for a PST to detect an object. For example, a single PST is suitable for desktop tracking, surgery, cockpit, single screen, etc.., while multiple optical trackers are used to cover complete training rooms and immersive Virtual Reality Caves.

Our professional 3D workstations  C-Station and PSS are a typical use of the near field tracking technology. 


Plug and play, scalable optical trackers

As each PST functions as a stand-alone, pre-calibrated unit, there is no need for complicated installation or setup. The optical tracker PST Iris and PST-Base are scalable. When the working area of a single PST is not sufficient, multiple PSTs can easily be combined to create a larger working area, without the need for any additional hardware. See the video.


HD optical trackers - Premium versions

The premium version of our PST Iris and PST Base bar trackers offer an even wider measurement volume, a higher refresh rate and the possibility to connect to a linux system 

Contact us for more information.

 

Comparison between standard and HD 

Field of view (FOV): standard configuration

Refresh rate

Client operating system

Connection to PC

Multi PST set up 

 

Normal

FOV: 40-44o (top), 42o (side)

120Hz (adjustable)

Windows (7,8, 10)

1 USB 2.0 port

yes

 

HD Versions

FOV: 65-69o (top), 64-65o (side)

200Hz (adjustable)

Windows (7,8,10) and Linux

2 USB 3.0 ports

no

 


Real object tracking

PST Iris optical tracking of any objectOne of the unique features to the PST optical trackers is the ability to track almost any rigid object with six degrees of freedom (3D position and rotation) by placing optical markers on it in a random pattern. Our robust optical tracking algorithms can identify and track multiple objects based on its unique marker patterns, even when only as few as four markers of an object are visible. This makes the tracker ideal for interactive applications where users hold tracked objects in their hands.

The system features a training mode, which is used to teach the system learn to recognize new objects. In this mode, you show the object from each angle. The system builds up a model of the marker configuration on-the-fly and immediately shows the progress. Once the system has seen all markers, the training is complete and the object ready to be used for tracking.


Infrared markers

Infrared optical markers

To improve accuracy and reduce sensitivity to different lighting conditions, the PST optical trackers use infrared lighting to detect optical markers.

Retro-reflective markers are used to reflect the light produced by the PST directly back to the cameras. For most objects, flat self-adhesive markers can be used  Spherical markers can also be used, often attached to an antenna.

For longer range applications for which the PST cannot produce enough light, active IR LED markers can be used.


Configuration options of the optical trackers

As the PST optical trackers can be used for many applications in different circumstances, we offer the following options:

Frame

  • 30-120 Hz  Adjustable in PST-Iris and PST-base
  • 15-200 Hz  Adjustable in HD versions
  • upto 450 Hz Custom Solutions

5cm to 7 m

The combination of base line (distance between cameras) positioning, camera and lenses allow PS-Tech to provide its customers with a line of bar trackers that covers the range from ultra short (5 cm from tracker) up to long range (7 m)


PST optical tracker software

PST Iris client screenshotOur PST optical trackers come with extensive client software; PSTracking 4.0, which is used to both manage and read out the optical trackers.

PST trackers communicate direct with Windows OS systems (Windows 7, 8 and 10), using a custum solution communication to other operating systems is realized  Mac OS X (10.4 and up), and Linux (32/64 bit).

PS-Tech provides an easy-to-use C-SDK with available (C# and Python binding) or the VRPN protocol to make the tracker measurements easy to integrate into your solution. 

Model Training

Included in the PSTracking 4.0 software is an advanced model training algorithm which automatically learns the marker pattern of a new object.

The procedure is simple; hold the object in front of the tracker, and rotate it slowly in each direction, making sure every marker is seen.
After saving, the model can be rotated/translated to change the origin of the model. For CMM purposes, an automatic tip calibration procedure is also included. 

Motion Tracking

Multiple objects can be tracked simultaneous. Each tracked object is assigned a different name and identifier.

Advanced motion filtering algorithms are available to  fine-tune your application.

Third party applications can receive tracking data through PST SDK or using industry standard interfaces including TrackD, VRPN 

Key Features

  • Exposure (shutter)
  • IR intensity
  • Frame rate
  • Motion filter settings
  • Multiple PST setup
  • Easy registration using a special calibration device
  • Synchronization groups
  • Object based referencing
  • Advanced model training
  • Model import/export
  • Automatic tip calibration
  • Live camera image view