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Mixed Reality Tracking For Future Pilot Training

F-18 cockpit mixed reality pilot trainer [Vrgineers press release image]

Vrgineers and Advanced Realtime Tracking to demonstrate an XTAL 3 headset and SMARTTRACK3/M combination in a mixed reality pilot trainer.


Press Release, Prague, 12 April 2023: Vrgineers and Advanced Realtime Tracking [ART] demonstrate the combination of XTAL 3 headset and SMARTTRACK3/M in a mixed reality pilot trainer. The partnership between these two technological companies started in 2018, and ever since, they have supported each other’s products in the niche market. At IT2EC 2023 in Rotterdam, the integrated SMARTTRACK3/M into an F-35-like Classroom Trainer manufactured and delivered to USAF and RAF will be on display.

F18-Hornet with SMARTTRACK SMT3M [Vrgineers press release image]

This unique combination of the latest ART infrared all-in-one hardware and Vrgineers algorithms for cockpit motion compensation creates an unseen immersion for every mixed reality training. One of the challenges in next-generation pilot training using virtual technology and motion platforms is the alignment of the pilot’s position in the cockpit. By overcoming this issue, the simulator industry is moving forward to eliminate the disadvantages of simulated training.

“We are continuously working on removing the technological challenges of modern simulators, one of which is caused by front-facing camera position distance from users’ eyes. We are developing advanced algorithms for motion compensation to minimise the shift between virtual and physical scene, making experience realistic,” says Marek Polcak, CEO of Vrgineers, and adds: “The durability and compact size of SMARTTRACK3/M, which was optimised for using in cockpits, allows us as training device integrator to make it a comprehensive part of a simulation, increasing convenience of its daily usage.”

F18-Hornet with SMARTTRACK SMT3M [Vrgineers press release image]

SMARTTRACK3/M embedded two infrared cameras with LEDs is a pre-calibrated system, ready to go with durability to sustain continuous usage for 5+ years without needing service. It creates the perfect solution to be embedded in professional training platforms. It is a fully capable 6DOF system that provides real-time transitional and rotational data up to 240Hz. All the data motion and rotation calculations are performed by the SMARTTRACK3/M device itself, easing the computer performance, which can be utilised to run more graphically demanding applications. Thanks to its ethernet connection, it offloads USB traffic, often overloaded when using high-resolution mixed reality cameras.

“This is the application SMARTTRACK3/M was designed for,” says Andreas Werner, business development manager for simulations at ART. “We have taken the proven hardware from the SMARTTRACK3 and adapted it to the limited space available. As a result, we have the precision and the reliability of a seasoned system in a form factor fitting to simulator cockpits”.

SMARTTRACK3/M ticks off all the boxes. From design, calculations, and durability to interfaces, SMARTTRACK3/M is optimised for professional pilot training in cockpit replicas, making it the most convenient solution on the market.

AT6M, SMT3M and SMT3 [Vrgineers press release image]


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