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Motion Tracking Requirements and Technologies

Author: Eric Foxlin, InterSense Incorporated
Published: Extended draft version of Chapter 8 in Handbook of Virtual Environment Technology, Kay Stanney, Editor, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002

Introduction

The science of motion tracking is fascinating because of its highly interdisciplinary nature and wide range of applications. This chapter will attempt to capture the interdisciplinary approach by organizing the subject differently from the several excellent review articles already available (Meyer et al, 1992; Ferrin, 1991; Bhatnagar, 1993; National Research Council, 1995). These reviews tend to break trackers into several technology categories, and evaluate the merits of each technology by inferring from commonalties amongst the performance and ergonomics of existing trackers in that class. This survey will instead focus on what capabilities are required for various applications, and what methods can be used to realize these capabilities.

Note: The Handbook of Virtual Environment Technology is an excellent resource, with 56 contributed chapters by leading practitioners in all specializations of virtual environment science. To view the contents or order the book, please visit www.erlbaum.com. 

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