1st characterization step

A project log for HiveTracker

A tiny, low-cost, and scalable device for sub-millimetric 3D positioning.

DrixDrix 08/21/2018 at 21:160 Comments

As in any incremental development, we tried to get a simple working version to characterize it and improve it accordingly.

HTC Vive system consistency

The 1st step was to verify that we can measure a coherent 10 mm translation wherever we are in our interaction zone.

We used a CNC to sample positions along a line that can be seen in the following video:

As represented in the picture below, we moved the CNC on 7 locations to have a reasonable overview:


You probably saw it coming, the HTC Vive positioning system is not linear depending on the bases placements.

It makes sense, and it's actually OK as a distortion map can be estimated, and real positioning can be predicted from it.


A better filter characterization will be published soon, but the below measures were captured for the position #3 and #6, they show the measured noises in average, depending on the chosen algorithm:

You might have noticed that in our current Madgwick and Kalman implementations, their performance is complementary depending on the distance.

Overall, the accuracy can be estimated below 1 mm when far from the bases, and around 0.5 mm when close to the base.