|1.||Print Tags||10 mins||Tagger||printer||plain paper|
|2.||Build/Setup Hardware||15-60 mins||webcam viewer||surface, light, webcam...||depends on type|
|3.||Calibrate Camera||15 mins||Tracker||webcam|
|4.||Run Sample Apps||20 mins||LusidOSC Bundle||Trackmate system||tagged objects|
1. Print Tags
Trackmate uses a small, specially designed circular barcode that stores information which can be easily decoded by the Trackmate Tracker. The tag measures less than 1"x1" square, contains a six byte unique ID (over 280 trillion unique IDs are possible), and is entirely open source.
- Download the Trackmate Tagger for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux to create your own sets of randomly generated tags and print them from your computer.
- Put tags on the objects you want to track.
- Print the layout guides PDF to help with camera setup and calibration later.
2. Build and Setup the Hardware
There are a lot of different ways that you can build a Trackmate system. Here are a few examples that describe how to get started building your own. Keep an eye on the wiki as users find creative ways to make new versions.
- Portable Plexi Cliffhanger
- Classy Hardwood Curio
- Simple Shoebox Sidekick
- Other ways to build are always welcome. Check out the wiki for other ideas...
3. Calibrate the Camera
The Trackmate Tracker reads Trackmate tags (by processing images from a webcam) and then sends the corresponding data to any spatial application via LusidOSC. The Tracker is easy to setup and provides feedback helpful for debugging your system.
- Download the Trackmate Tracker for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.
- See setting up your Trackmate on the wiki, as well as the screen-by-screen walkthrough.
4. Run Sample Applications
Trackmate sends object data via LusidOSC (a protocol layer for unique spatial input devices), allowing any LusidOSC-based application to work with the system. LusidOSC supports interfaces such as Trackmate, Reactable, Sensetable, and g-speak, and can easily be extended.
- Download Processing if you don't have it already. Processing is an easy way to get started writing your own spatial applications with simple graphical, audio, and networking support.
- Download the LusidOSC Processing Bundle. It contains a set of spatial applications written in Processing that receives LusidOSC data and acts accordingly. The bundle includes a series of simple applications for getting started, a command luncher, a playlist mixer, a MIDI sequencer, a parametric design example, and a presentation tool.
- Descriptions and screenshots of each application included in the Bundle may also be useful.