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TIBUSH
03-07-2005, 08:55 AM
I'm interested in purchasing trackir 3 pro.
But the room where I've got my sistem has windows in every wall, so it is very very clear. Direct sunlight on the wall behind me, or the wall at the right...it depends on the our of the day.
I can't do anything to change it (orders from my wife...).
Will trackir3pro work well in these conditions?
Anyone the same experience?
Thank you for your help.

TIBUSH
03-07-2005, 08:55 AM
I'm interested in purchasing trackir 3 pro.
But the room where I've got my sistem has windows in every wall, so it is very very clear. Direct sunlight on the wall behind me, or the wall at the right...it depends on the our of the day.
I can't do anything to change it (orders from my wife...).
Will trackir3pro work well in these conditions?
Anyone the same experience?
Thank you for your help.

ZG77_Lignite
03-07-2005, 09:11 AM
Thats a very good question, and likely a valid concern. I must say as a TrackIR2 owner that even bright Indirect sunlight will sometimes effect the unit (stops responding to head movement). I'm sure I've read where TIR3 is further improved in this area, and hopefully you'll get some responses from owners. Burnin' (aka NaturalPoint_Jason) may have some good information for you.

That being said, I'm sure there could be some creative solutions to your problem. The 'common' practice of placing the unit on top of your moniter may not be the best location. I believe WW_Sensei places his unit directly in front of his moniter (keyboard level) and has it 'look-up' at his boom mike, this would greatly decrease problems of background lighting I would think, as your body casts a shadow directly over the unit.

Nubarus
03-07-2005, 09:15 AM
Light source like that will disrupt the unit, regardless of the version.

I think the best way to resolve the issue is get curtains for the windows.

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-07-2005, 11:48 AM
fly at night

Lucius_Esox
03-07-2005, 12:05 PM
Divorce your wife!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

panthercules
03-07-2005, 10:22 PM
You might want to try what worked for me with my TIR 3Pro - I have perhaps not quite as bright a room as you seem to have, but pretty bright nonetheless. My experience with TIR improved dramatically when I built myself a hat-mounted active IR light source thingy - went to Radio Shack, bought a little LED emitter, AA Battery holder and small slide switch, sewed all the parts on to an old baseball cap (mounted the LED emitter on the front of the bill, the battery holder up on the center top and the switch down on the side, but you can put those last two anywhere you want really), soldered the wires in place and voila! - the TIR seems to be able to receive the active light source emissions much better than the reflections off the tape/dots, especially in high-ambient light situations. Whole thing cost me less than paying NaturalPoint for a "Track Hat". (Plus, I got a way cool geekier-looking hat out of it too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Only one suggestion for something I would do differently if I were to make another one - be careful in your placement of the battery holder and switch to avoid the areas that will be hit/covered by headphones - I started using them only after making the hat, and it gets a little awkward sometimes trying not to snag the switch or battery holder wires on the headphones.

Good luck - I'm loving my TIR now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

blue_76
03-07-2005, 10:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lucius_Esox:
Divorce your wife!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Hiriyu
03-08-2005, 01:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by panthercules:
Only one suggestion for something I would do differently if I were to make another one - be careful in your placement of the battery holder and switch to avoid the areas that will be hit/covered by headphones - I started using them only after making the hat, and it gets a little awkward sometimes trying not to snag the switch or battery holder wires on the headphones.

Good luck - I'm loving my TIR now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow, pictures please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And also, anyone considering building this design is cautioned to leave some room for the propeller (powered propeller is optional).

GreyBeast
03-08-2005, 02:39 AM
Yeah! Chuck the wife out the window, then put up curtains so you don´t have to see the mess, and live in darkness ever after! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

panthercules
03-08-2005, 06:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hiriyu:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by panthercules:
Only one suggestion for something I would do differently if I were to make another one - be careful in your placement of the battery holder and switch to avoid the areas that will be hit/covered by headphones - I started using them only after making the hat, and it gets a little awkward sometimes trying not to snag the switch or battery holder wires on the headphones.

Good luck - I'm loving my TIR now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow, pictures please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

OK - here ya go (hope this works - still new to the whole "posting pictures" thing):

http://www.imagehosting.us/imagehosting/showimg.jpg/?id=309720