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FreeTrack

FreeTrack
Software information
Stable releasev2.2
Latest release dateOctober 7, 2008
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeOptical motion tracking
LicenseGNU General Public License
Websitewww.free-track.net

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FreeTrack is a general purpose optical motion tracking application for Microsoft Windows, released under the GNU General Public License, that can be used with common inexpensive cameras. Its primary focus is head tracking with uses in virtual reality, simulation, video games, 3D modeling, computer aided design and general hands-free computing to improve computer accessibility. Tracking can be made sensitive enough that only small head movements are required so that the user's eyes never leave the screen.

A camera is positioned to observe a rigid point model worn by the user, the points of which need to be isolated from background light by means of physical and software filtering. Motion is tracked with up to six degrees of freedom (6DOF), specifically; yaw, pitch, roll, left/right, up/down and forward/back. Windows compatible video devices like webcams are supported, as well as special support for the Nintendo Wii Remote camera and NaturalPoint cameras (TrackIR, SmartNav and OptiTrack).

FreeTrack can output head tracking data to programs directly using its own open interface, as well as TrackIR, SimConnect and FSUIPC interfaces. Programs that support these interfaces are regarded as being FreeTrack-compatible. FreeTrack can also emulate mouse, keyboard, and joystick (via PPJoy) if a program does not support a direct interface.

FreeTrack is coded in Delphi 7 and uses DirectShow and DirectX. Head tracking is achieved using implementations of DeMenthon's four point iterative pose estimation algorithm (POSIT) and Alter's three point geometric algorithm.


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