Vaddio Partners with University of Michigan on Camera Tracking Technology

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Minneapolis, Minn. – Vaddio and University of Michigan have partnered on advancing camera tracking technology. The agreement, which encompasses an existing technology transfer agreement and a research-funding grant to the University, allows for continued future development and research by the University of Michigan in the areas of Robotic Camera Tracking Technologies. The research and technology behind Vaddio’s new AutoTrak IR Tracking System stems from the University’s Physics Department Professor, Homer Neal, and his research in the field of Robotic Camera Tracking technology.

As a result of the collaboration, Vaddio has launched the first HD Robotic Camera Tracking System, AutoTrak, based on the new IR Tracking technologies developed at the University of Michigan at InfoComm 2010, June 9 through 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

AutoTRAK combines IR camera tracking and a wireless microphone into one easy to use system designed for the education and distance-learning marketplace. The instructor wears the IR lanyard, with an integrated microphone attached to a belt pack. An IR PTZ camera tracks the IR lanyard, sending commands to the Tracking PTZ camera, keeping the instructor framed in the shot, which becomes the high definition or standard definition video output. Because AutoTrak uses Vaddio’s WallVIEW HD-18 cameras and Quick-Connect Cat. 5 cabling, setup and installation are easy. With optional format converters, HD/SD-SDI or DVI/HDMI video output options are also available.


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