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TARGET3D Technology

We draw from our experience as integrators and developers,

leveraging a wide range of hardware to create bespoke solutions.

Motion Capture

Target3D is the home of motion capture, this technology has always been at the heart of what we do.

 

While there are many high profile uses such as performance capture for films this is just the tip of the iceberg for a versatile, tactile measurement device.

The ability to accurately measure motion in 3d space is almost universally beneficial. Take for example the control of robotics, performance sport analysis, Ai control systems for driverless vehicles or understanding human interaction, we have implemented this technology for a huge range of projects.

 

Track Anything

Factors that need to be considered when tracking include :

  • Use  - Realtime or post produced

  • Quantity - Number of objects/people

  • Accuracy - Fine detail or broad motion

  • Complexity - How many unique moving parts

  • Environment - Indoor, outdoor & potential interference

  • Tracking Volume - Size of the total area to be tracked 

Identifying the factors above will help determine the types of tracking that can be used, the number of components required and ultimately the cost of potential solutions. We will guide you through this exploratory process to ensure you have options with increasing capability and understand the limitations of each. From this you can manage your return on investment, maximising potential and determine the correct entry point for your project.

Tracking - The Basics

MAGNETIC

 

Tracking that provides absolute position (XYZ) and rotation (pitch/yaw/roll) of components in respect to each other. Receivers measure their spatial relationship to a nearby electromagnetic field transmitter via an ECU.

Advantages

  • Instantaneous feedback for real-time application.

  • Data available without post-processing.

  • Comparatively affordable

  • Sensors never occlude

  • Multiple simultaneous objects/performers

  • Small sensor sizes.

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Disadvantages

  • Sensitivity to metal can result in irregular output.

  • Cable constraints in some cases.

  • lower sampling rate than some alternatives

  • Small Capture Volume

OPTICAL TRACKING

Monitoring of reflective (passive) or Infrared (active) markers in a defined area, using two or more cameras.

Triangulation of the marker based on the multiple  viewpoints allows positioning in 3D space. Identifying individual objects is possible by creating unique groupings of markers.

 

Advantages

  • Less susceptible to environment 

    interference
  • Does not suffer from drift 

  • Multiple simultaneous objects/performers

  • Lightweight, wireless and comfortable

  • volume size expandable

 

Disadvantages

  • Potential for light interference

  • Occlusion of markers can occur  .

  • Setup required, suit/markers must be worn

  • Positions are relative not absolute

MECHANICAL

 

A physical frame that measures relative movement at the joints. In a performer context this is an exoskeleton  with sensors in each joint measuring the rotations. Gloves, arms and articulated models also common to this technology. 

Advantages

  • No interference 

  • Relatively inexpensive

  • Sensors never occlude

  • Large volume as operates independently

  • Potential for haptic feedback

Disadvantages

  • Can be uncomfortable

  • No relative position to surrounding environment

INERTIAL

 

Multiple worn sensors that include a combination of gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer, to measure rotational rates. These rotations are translated to a skeleton.

Advantages

  • Large volumes as operates independently

  • Real time 6DOF capture

  • Affordable

  • Sensors never occlude

 

Disadvantages

  • Sensors can drift

  • No relative position to surrounding environment

  • comparatively 

    inaccurate

What you need to know in very simple and very high level terminology

 

TYPE

Several technologies are used in tracking , each serves a purpose and many times we will utilise more than one in a hybrid solution.

Maker Tech

Our category for products that cross the boundary between physical and digital.

 

Technologies like 3d scanning and printing have revolutionised our creative process, allowing not just the professional but the hobbyist access to photorealistic tools and manufacturing capability.

With an eye to the future we keep exploring the potential of maker tech for interactive, realtime and other applications less typical than their primary purpose. 

 

Visualisation

The way we see and interact with information can dramatically improve our understanding and ability to problem solve. It is with this in mind that we choose our visualisation technologies.

 

We will identify the tools that can advance your project, improve interactivity or immerse you in your task.

 

360 Filming

Life is all around us so why only capture what is in front of you.

 

Check out our range of capture equipment suitable for applications like virtual reality, 360 filming or live broadcast.  

 

Haptic Devices

Gain greater understanding of what you are creating or interacting with by enabling the sense of touch to improve accuracy, test collision data or interact with robotics. 

With our haptics devices the virtual world is at your fingertips.

 

Virtual & Augmented Reality

If you are interested in technology its likely you have considered the future of virtual and augmented reality. Here we have the cutting edge, the technology that takes reality to the next level and expands the possibilities we can create.