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  December 18, 2013
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Zeiss Offers New SDK Version of cinemizer Headtracker

By Eye² Staff


Last April, Carl Zeiss introduced a head tracker for cinemizer, its nifty OLED multimedia glasses. The device, which replaces the right ear clip and is directly attached to the frame, enables easy and completely intuitive control via simple head movements.

It is connected to a computer via USB cable and is automatically recognized as a computer mouse. The integrated gyro sensors record 1:1 all head rotations and forward them directly to the computer. According to Zeiss, "The feeling of being immersed in a virtual world has never been this intense: be it a virtual tour of a house, bathroom or a computer game."

Now Zeiss is releasing a new version (3.1) of its free software development kit (SDK) that enables developers to directly access the raw data and quaternions of the head tracker, which they can then use for programming. The benefits of the SDK include access to an additional axis of rotation (viewing axis—roll), lower latency times and the availability of absolute rotational data, the company said. This new version 3.1 contains an improved calibration routine to minimize heading drift when used in non-interfering fields. There is also a new function to enable and disable the heading correction.




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