SIGGRAPH 2017: Convert Your Oculus CV1 Into An OptiTrack Headset With This Face Plate

by David Jagneaux • August 1st, 2017

Tracking VR headsets across large areas is complex and complicated, especially when trying to use the existing tracking frameworks from either HTC’s Vive or Oculus’ Rift. As a result, companies like OptiTrack are trying to simplify things as much as possible.

The company’s newest system of cameras could make it more accessible than ever for companies to create large, warehouse-sized tracking environments for location-based entertainment and VR arcades. This week we even covered a new tracking puck, that looks similar to the Vive Tracker, OptiTrack is using for affordable full-body immersion.

However, even if you had the cameras and space getting headsets to interact with the system was another hurdle. Today at SIGGRAPH 2017 OptiTrack is showing a new clip-on face plate for Oculus Rift CV1 headsets that let them interface directly with their system.

The website’s description of the face plate states that you can “convert an Oculus CV1 into an OptiTrack Active ready HMD. [It] carries a factory installed Active Tag with 8 LEDs. Go beyond room scale with superior, low latency, artifact free tracking.” The face plate is listed at a price of $749.

OptiTrack is demoing the new Rift face plate using the $3,300 HP Z VR Backpack G1 PC to give a taste of what truly high-end cordless tracking feels like. See it in action here:

What do you think of OptiTrack and this new face plate? Let us know down in the comments below!

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  • Alorwin

    I think $750 is retarded.

    • Robbie Cartwright

      For consumers, yes. Although I could see higher end amusement parks and the like being ok with a price like that. After all, they spend 10’s of thousands on the headset systems themselves, so why not?

      • Alorwin

        We’re talking 8 LEDs and not much else, from the sounds of it. Even if there was much else, we’re still talking JUST a faceplate for $750 for an already-$500 system. $750 should be their own headset.

        • cactus

          As far I understand is not ‘just 8 leds’ but a whole tracking system; a tracking system that let expand dramatically the tracked area.

          At present there’s not many system (nor prototypes) that let do the same with a cheaper cost or am I wrong?

          • Alorwin

            Check the website. The tracking-camera is $1500 itself. Literally;

            “Oculus CV1 Clip $749
            Part number: ACTHMD0001

            Convert an Oculus CV1 into an OptiTrack Active ready
            HMD. Carries a factory installed Active Tag with 8 LEDs. Go beyond room
            scale with superior, low latency, artifact free tracking.”

            Literally $750 for a clip with 8 LEDs and an “Active Tag”.

          • cactus

            Yup, actually you are right.
            Thank you for addressing me at the components price list.

    • A Vicon or Optitrack system for tracking a space in an arcade can cost something like 100K$…

  • laast

    I think “meh”.

  • I think that it is for arcades