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Vicon Unveils Vertex at Siggraph 2017

The compact camera is built to support the tracking of smaller environments across VR, biomechanics, automotive and life science applications.

SIGGRAPH 2017 -- LOS ANGELES -- Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the engineering, entertainment and life science industries, today announced the availability of a new camera: Vertex. Integrating seamlessly with Vicon’s existing cameras ranges Vantage and Vero, the new camera is compact, lightweight and easily mounted -- making it ideal for tracking in small and complex environments.

In response to customer demand, Vertex boasts a smaller and more flexible design and wide-angle field of view, allowing it to capture significant volumes in very tight spaces. As a result, the camera can be used across a wide range of applications, from the automotive and life science industries to tracking in virtual reality (VR) environments.

What’s more, with an industry-leading 1.3-megapixel camera, petite design and two-meter flexible cable, Vertex harnesses these features to perform inconspicuously in virtual spaces. Its unobtrusive design and infra-red strobes mean that subjects are often not aware of the camera and continue to behave naturally, which is of huge benefit to those studying biomechanics and organizations analyzing the ergonomics of driver and passenger vehicle safety.

It can be difficult to position standard-size cameras in VR rooms with floor-to-ceiling projected imagery -- known as a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE). With a smaller and more easily mountable design, Vertex thrives in constricted VR environments, allowing users to effectively position the cameras in corners without casting shadows onto the projections.

With VR becoming ever-present and space at a premium, Vertex helps customers to install capture volumes in small spaces of up to 3m x 3m. By utilizing the camera’s wide field of view, users can track from wall-to-wall while the cameras are still within the capture space. This maximizes the area, giving full coverage throughout the entire room and providing a greater level of flexibility around camera placement.

Additionally, Vertex gives customers the ability to create bespoke and robust mounting solutions. Together with this lightweight build the amount of vibration felt by the cameras is reduced which means they require less calibration, resulting in quicker set-up.

“The gap between the virtual and physical worlds are continuously merging and Vertex was designed to help experiences feel seamless and environmentally agnostic. Our system enables a wide range of engineers and technicians to easily create virtual environments from the small spaces they have available. This results in an increased ability to innovate within the VR industry and gain new insights into human movement,” said Warren Lester, engineering product manager at Vicon.

Source: Vicon