HTC is the first manufacturer to choose to apply Chirp technology in its products.
TDK and Qualcomm announced at CES their collaboration to offer the technology of positioning controllers created by Chirp Microsystems on the platform of virtual and augmented reality, Qualcomm, all with the purpose of other companies decide to implement it in their future devices. Therefore, Qualcomm already has several 6dof controller systems in its portfolio, as FinchShift also joined last week.
The devkit of the Vive Focus 6dof controllers are the first product that uses Chirp’s SonicTrack based on ultrasound, which offers low latency, submillimeter accuracy and a coverage of up to 240º (the HTC kit specifies 180 degrees horizontal and 140 vertical) under any light condition. In turn, it is optimized for low power consumption and “almost zero” processing load.
“Our ultrasonic controller tracking solution is made possible by the CH-101 transceiver, the smallest power and size ultrasonic transceiver on the market. It requires only a few milliwatts, about a hundred times less than an optical tracking system. Most importantly, it requires minimal computing power to determine the position of the controller compared to that required in machine vision-based systems, allowing for more processing power to be retained for graphical representation and tasks, ” he says Michelle Zhang, CEO of Chirp Microsystems.
Some of the developers that already have their Vive Focus 6dof controller kit have shared some videos showing how it works, such as the SkarredGhost one that we include below.
Vive Focus continues to be oriented to companies in the West, being possible to get the developer kits of the 6dof controllers in the American portal of HTC.