Manus, the developer of high-end finger tracking gloves and other motion capture and VR products, has just announced the launch of its SteamVR tracker, called the Manus Pro Tracker.
Aimed at professional users working in motion capture and virtual production, the tracker boasts the largest number of sensors out of all SteamVR trackers currently on the market. What’s more, the sensors rely on the latest technology currently available to produce more reliable SteamVR data.
“After years of using SteamVR tracking, we are excited to launch our own SteamVR-enabled product,” said Bart Loosman, chief executive officer at Manus. “We hope to improve the workflow of creative professionals around the world with our very own professional tracker.”
Despite its state-of-the-art tracking capabilities, the Manus Pro Tracker weighs just 62 grams, making it around 44 percent lighter when compared to available alternatives.
The tracker is equipped with a removable battery that can power it for up to four and half hours. When depleted, the battery can be easily replaced with a fresh one to reduce downtime to a minimum. It then takes just over an hour to charge the depleted battery back to full capacity.
Because the Manus Pro Tracker features an integrated universal mounting adapter, users can effortlessly attach it to the Prime II motion capture gloves or any camera, prop, tool, machine, and surface through a cold shoe, 1/4″ camera thread adapter, or 3M adhesive tape adapter.
Pre-orders have already started at €299 ($360). An extra tracker battery pack will cost you €75 ($90). Right now, the biggest competitor of the Manus Pro Tracker is the VIVE Tracker, a much simpler but also more affordable tracker that weighs 89 grams and supports SteamVR Base Station 1.0 and 2.0.