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Treating the Vive Tracker as a Vive controller

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Treating the Vive Tracker as a Vive controller

We just got our vive trackers yesterday and we tried to play around with them. While doing so we realized we could not use them with anything in lue of a normal controller. We couldn't even use it for mixed reality off the bat.

 

Hopefully I am just missing something. Is there a way to make a game think the tracker is just another controller (and create an external offset config because of the different coordinate system?)?

 

The idea here is we create a gun controller for another game or multiple games (that we didn't develop, have access to game code, or want to update). Examples "Space Pirate Trainer", "Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades", "Hover Junkers". A consumer buys our general or specific use gun for the game(s) and sets a config file for the game (for the offset in coordinates) then the tracking puck shows up as a normal controller and they can play the game.

 

Right now I tried using the puck as a hand controller for a game we are making and it doesn't show up as the second controller even when all the controller are turned off. I know you can use the sdk for unity to call for the Tracked_Object not Tracked_Controller, in unity in a game you made, but it makes this tracker only work for games that spend the time to add the code to their games. And takes any control away from a user or home maker who may have a 3D printer and make something on their own for their favorite game.

 

Any insight would be helpful. I read through the "HTC Vive Tracker Developer Guidelines_v1.3.pdf" and my scenario was not in there. Look foreword to the reply. Also is there any word on doing mixed reality with the tracker by default?

 

Thanks

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