IKinema Orion is an animation technology that uses a standard HTC Vive VR headset and trackers to deliver motion capture, as well as live body tracking for VR content. IKinema’s software body-solving solution helps position the figure according to the six tracked points: head, hands, hips, and feet.
Vive’s “lighthouse” laser tracking system uses base stations that sweep the play area with a vertical and horizontal laser line 100 times per second. The sensors on the tracker see the laser flashes and send timing data back to the computer, either through the HTV headset or wirelessly via a small usb rf dongle. With two or more base stations in line-of-sight, the trackers can triangulate their position in space. Remarkably, the system can scale to larger areas with additional base stations and additional trackers.
The required hardware is somewhat configurable. A headset, hand controllers, and two base stations retail for around $800, and individual trackers can be purchased at around $100 each. IKinema is licensing Orion at $500/yr per seat, making a complete system $1600 with the headset, or under $1400 for a 6-tracker solution with 2 base stations.