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InfoComm 2018: Dataton demonstrates real-time motion tracking and new SDI server model

The company is showing projection mapping onto a revolving complex-shaped structure

Dataton is demonstrating real-time motion tracking integration within the WATCHOUT multi-display system on its InfoComm stand. Visitors can see WATCHOUT interacting with a CAST BlackTrax system to precision-map a complex moving object.

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“The ability to integrate real-time motion tracking systems, with the very low latency we are demonstrating at the booth, is great news for the theatre, attractions and live event industries – where our WATCHOUT system is already widely used,” said David Aleksandersen, commercial support manager, Dataton.

Visitors to the stand can experience – and experiment with – the new feature in an eye-catching demo using a complex 3D model in constant motion. The demo, which teams a six-camera CAST BlackTrax system, four Epson projectors and Dataton’s WATCHMAX media servers.

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Motion tracking integration will be available in Dataton rack servers and will support systems using an open source protocol called RTTrPM (Real-Time Tracking Protocol – Motion). This is used to transmit positional data between tracking systems, such as BlackTrax by CAST, and Dataton media servers. The media server uses the data to ensure accurate projection-mapping on moving objects in real time, with impressively low latency.

“It’s been possible to use WATCHOUT with tracking systems before, but with support of RTTrPM, we’re taking it to the next level. The creative possibilities really are infinite,” said David Aleksandersen, Dataton.

The motion tracking feature will be included in the upcoming release of Dataton WATCHOUT, available as a free upgrade for version 6 users. 

• Additionally, Dataton is showing WATCHMAX SDI,  a new core model in the company’s range of 19in rack servers – and the first to be equipped with an SDI interface, enabling up to 12 video outputs.

With its four 4K DisplayPort outputs and eight 3G-SDI bidirectional connectors, the new rack server is said to represent a major step-up in flexibility for show operators. 

“This new core model significantly strengthens our range of media servers and will be an excellent alternative for professional users,” said Lars Sandlund, CEO, Dataton. “Our WATCHOUT multi-display system is used in every sort of application – from live events, concerts, theme parks, theatre, broadcast and fixed installations. The new unit will be offered with configuration options, making it a versatile solution whenever a rack server is the preferred choice.”