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HTC Vive Releases New Tracker Project Code and Tutorials to Tinker With

The Vive Tracker will again be available to order for immediate shipment in the US.

When HTC Vive launched the Vive Tracker earlier this year it saw phenomenal interest in the device, receiving over 2,300 submissions from the developer community, with only 1,000 free trackers available. Today the company the company has announced several new experiences for developers to download and begin playing with.

The Vive Tracker was unveiled at CES 2017 and one of the demos that gained popularity was Master of Shapes’ Cover Me!!. The experience combined mobile technology with HTC Vive, enabling a smartphone had a view into a virtual reality (VR) world as well as room-scale tracking. As Master of Shapes explains: “Cover Me!! is a cross-platform multi-player experience where a person plays in VR alongside his friends who use their cellphone or tablet to blast away waves of enemies. I know what you’re thinking… “typical wave-based shooter yada yada” BUT by using Vive Trackers and attaching them to your cell phone or tablet you have full room-scale tracking ability just like the Vive system.”

HTC Vive hardware render

The second available project comes from Master of Shapes again, this time in the form of Virtual Graffiti, where a Vive Tracker was attached to the bottom of a 3D printed spray can.

“After working on the first-person-shooter-oriented Mobile Room-Scale [Cover Me!!], we wanted to show off the more creative side of Vive Tracker,” said the studio. “For this, we developed a 3D-printed spray paint can that uses the GPIO pins on the VIVE Tracker to send commands to a demo game we’ve created in UE4. In this tutorial, we will teach you how we did it. We’ll give you the print files needed, walk you through assembling the physical model once it has finished printing, and show you how to connect the incoming signals from the VIVE Tracker Spray Can into the demo game in UE4.”

The final experience available to download is Piñata Party! by Two Bit Circus. This idea was formed around location-based VR entertainment: Piñata Party is a physics-based VR game where players must smash the crap out of a real piñata and vacuum up its sweet, sweet candy before time runs out,” said Two Bit Circus.” “Players can pick their favorite melee weapon (baseball bat, club, or frozen fish) and use it to attack the piñata.”

And for those interested in mixed reality (MR), the HTC Vive team has released a new tool for the Vive Tracker, allowing the device to be recognized for recording.

If you want to pick up a Vive Tracker it will again be available for order and immediate shipment in the US for $99.99 USD. Developers in the UK will need to wait until next month before stock becomes available.

Head to the HTC Vive blog for all the relevant project links, and for the latest HTC Vive updates, keep reading VRFocus.

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