NaturalPoint TrackIR 5 Pro
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NaturalPoint TrackIR 5 Pro Review
Natural Point TrackIR 5 Pro is a head tracking system developed as a result of several years of evolution. It enables you to track your real world head movements into supported games in the virtual world.
It consists of an infra-red, high speed camera situated on top of your PC monitor which picks up the movement of a 3 pronged LED clip placed on your head phones or fixed on to reflective surfaces of a baseball cap. This peripheral is not like other gimmicky ones like gamepad gloves or video goggles. Natural Point TrackIR 5 Pro is a genuine product and of much use to flight simulation players, and war game enthusiasts. The system works by amplifying head movements of the player so that slight movements of his head can translate into big moves on the screen. This can be configured and after a bit of practice, you get into the groove so naturally that playing a game without this system feels unnatural.
One disadvantage is that the Natural Point TrackIR 5 is, as of now, attuned to only a few games. But the good news is that the list is growing. The hardware is showing signs of overdesign. The TIR4 was minimalist in design but TIR 5 is burdened by over the top LEDs and a magnet link between the camera and the tripod grip clipped to the monitor. But this tracker is a remarkable product with design issues compared only to the previous version. While old buyers need not upgrade, new buyers must pick up the new version. Track IR5 is designed to turn head movements in real life into head movements in the virtual world. It functions with a number of games which provide a virtual cockpit view and uses the head movements like mouse movements. When the player turns his head slightly to the right, the view in the game also shifts to the right. Similar are effects of movements to the left, up wards and downwards.
Natural Point Track IR5 has further applications. In games that support all six degrees of motion, the head can move leftwards, rightwards, upwards, downwards , forwards and backwards and the view on screen moves accordingly. It is a big improvement over static views, and can add a lot more to the experience than it sounds, bringing a very immersive dimension to the gameplay. The actual kit consists of two main hard wares: an infra-red USB camera which sits on top of the monitor held in place by simple adjustable mounts and two Track clips. The first clip is a passive one with three reflective surfaces which hooks on to the end of a baseball cap. The second is an active unit which clamps onto the left potion of the gaming head set and connects to the computer and camera via a USB.
Setting up the Natural Point Track IR5 is easy. Install the software, connect the camera and the track clip and the device is ready to work. The work remaining is to download latest updates of games playable with the device. The peripheral is expensive but costs are expected to come down in the near future.
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- The NaturalPoint TrackIR 5 Pro is manufactured by NaturalPoint and was added in December 2014 in the Joysticks & Game Controllers section
- This product has a rating of 3.5 out of 5
- The best price of the NaturalPoint TrackIR 5 Pro in Australia is $272.60 at Megabuy
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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