New TrackClip Pro!

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by VincentG » Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:25 pm

We should have more information posted with the next few days.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by popabawa » Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:56 am

I see the TrackClip pro has appeared on the website for order! It looks great, I'm definately interested

I have a couple of questions...

1) From the product page on the website, it seems to suggest it works only with Creative Labs headsets?

"TrackClip� PRO, a new accessory which can easily attach to any of Creative Labs' popular headsets"

2) What the heck are "Active LEDs for precise tracking"?

3) And what does "USB power tap, with USB pass through" mean?

Oh, and can I suggest you offer a lower cost shipping option for international orders? $38.74 shipping on a $39.99 item doesn't make much sense!

Thanks. Iain.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by Vosxod » Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:26 am

$39.95? Sriously?!? I have the money but I'm not buying piece of plastic for 40 bucks!

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by keith parsons » Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:52 am

That seems quite high, but I have a Plantronics headset will it still fit?

And I assume USB power with pass thru means it's USB powered, but will share a USB port.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by SuperKungFu » Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:13 am

Agreed, that price is a little too high for just a clip. Adding shipping/tax it will be 50 buxs. I'm fine with the hat alone. Unless that price drops down to $25, then i might consider it.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:01 pm

Hello:

The TrackClip PRO was designed to specifically work with Creative Lab's over the ear style headsets, but also works very well on most headsets we have tried, including products from Plantronics and eDimensional.

Active LEDs are small IR LEDs that provide the tracking target for the camera, as opposed to the current reflective tape based markers on the TrackClip. Active LEDs are better because they are brighter and have more of a point source output, which makes for more precise tracking.

The Power Tap is a cool little cable that lets you daisy chain up on USB cables, so you don't lose a USB port just to power the TrackClip PRO, it is "in line". Hope that makes sense.

Sorry about the high shipping cost for overseas, we only ship UPS, so it gets expensive. I would suggest ordering from one of our overseas dealers.

The price is $39 because there was a lot of R&D to create this piece of plastic and as it is not a high volume product, there are only so many units to amoritze the development over, so we are happy to develop the accessory and provide it for sale at a price that will allow us to continue to make investments in optical tracking technology for sims / games.

Personally, I am very excited about the TrackClip Pro, as it looks very cool on a headset and provides great tracking.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by bad-aries » Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:08 pm

I am personally very happy to see this and can't wait to buy one. However, when I know that it needs to have a USB court for power supply, I have to think twice. Why this piece of nice (I really meant it is nice) plastic can't be light up with batteries if the power consumption is so low? It really borders users especially when one is using a wireless headset.

Is having it wired the only option?

Thanks.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by Jim » Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:29 pm

Hello:

We could have gone with battery power for the TrackClip Pro, but we felt that having the lightest weight device possible was paramount. Also, if we had done gone the battery route, we would have needed a status light to tell you it was "on", then a switch, then replaceable batteries, or a charging system, and then it just got to be more expensive and complex, so a wire it was, and lightweight it is. You can make it battery powered quite easily, just cut the cord or solder something to the clip part, very low power, like 16ma, so a battery could last for 24 hours, I am sure someone will make something, if the market demands it!

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by popabawa » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:56 am

Thanks for the answers Jim, I really appreciate it.

From the looks of it I'm pretty sure it'll work with my current Plantronics headset so I'll give it a whirl.

Regarding the shipping, I'd completely forgotten about eDimensional for us in the UK, I've placed a pre-order with them now.

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Re: New TrackClip Pro!

Post by Barred » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:17 am

I am looking forward to this as it will help in my situation. The whole unit (TIR and Active headset) will reduce the amount of 'bleed' of extra light sources interfereing.

Edit: I have just ordered one from eDimensional. with 3 day packing �29. Cheaper than a vector clip and a hat

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