vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

evirtual
Settler

vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

Hello,

 

I've just read this morning the documentation for the vive tracker 2018 (developer guidelines) and compare to the documentation of the older version of the vive tracker, the possibility to send data to the vive tracker through usb inteface instead of POGO pin has disapeared in Use Case 5 (as well as the section regarding data format of the USB interface).

Is it just a missing or really usb interface is no more supported with Vive tracker 2018?

thanks 

Felix1
Settler

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

I second this question. Been planning to use USB communication to make use of the analog controller values. If not possible I hope there will be an alternative way to make use of these.

Vive Staff

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

@Felix1 & @evirtual

At this time, I can confirm that Tracker 2018 is not able to accept and transmit data via its USB port at this point in time. 

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David R

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Felix1
Settler

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

Hi VibrantNebula,

 

You probably see this question coming from a mile away but I have to.

Is it planned for future firmware releases? The functionality is crucial for a product I am working on. It would be great if you could shed some light on the plans you have for this functionality moving forward. If it is dropped I will need to go down the route of building my own lighthouse compatible accessory.

 

Perhaps as a feature request; if the pogo pins could double as a port to access a reserved bit of FIFO buffer in the vive tracker that would be great. That way any micro could store up to date control inputs in the buffer and the vive tracker will have the latest possible control update off the accessory.

Vive Staff

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

@Felix1, There are ongoing conversations being held around this feature but I can't confirm anything solid at this point in time. 

To reach Viveport's customer service team, email customerservice@viveport.com

To connect with a live support agent for hardware support, go to www.vive.com/support, click on "contact us" in the top righthand corner, and then opt to speak with a Live Chat agent

David R

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Felix1
Settler

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

@VibrantNebula@evirtual

 

I received my 2018 version tracker today and want to report that usb enumeration works and the device connects correctly. I will report back when I find out whether the HID messages are read and processed correctly by the vive tracker. 

Graeme Evans
Visitor

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

what? the new one cant even do what the old one did? what the hell. what a waste of bloody money. i get the new one so that its future compatible and as a result its half useless. wow

tg0_daniel
Settler

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

 

@Felix1

My 2018 Tracker arrived yesterday, and after having had a chance to test it I can confirm the following:

 

  • It does enumerate and connect to the accessory correctly.
  • It does not transmit data sent by the accessory through the USB input
  • It does not continue tracking after the USB cable is connected

My tests were performed using the same firmware that worked perfectly immediately beforehand using the previous version of the Vive Tracker. I suppose it's possible that HTC have arbitrarily changed the interface and using different settings would make it work, but that's unlikely. 

 

I cannot understand why HTC would release a v2 product that lacks key functionality the v1 product has without even an idea of if or when said functionality will be supported. Who thought that was a good idea?

Mroj2162
Explorer

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

Any update on the usb passthrough situation
Mroj2162
Explorer

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

I'm serious how many people put their faith into HTC Vive not only upgrading the software but upgrading the hardware and yet we get this backstabbing betrayal thinking things were going to improve and now a lot of Developers don't know what to do without the hardware that they created for the trackers the one 1.0 trackers none the less and come to find out you can't use those on the 2.0 because they you they went through the USB input and all they're doing is just shrugging their shoulders in pointing the finger at the people who created the pp gun rifle or the other products that were in the works
Mroj2162
Explorer

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

Not only did I believe in you guys but I put so much Faith behind it I even bought the BB gun rifle for $650 on Amazon and now I can't even use them with my new 2.0 trackers or with my new Lighthouse 2.0
Vive Staff

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

@Mroj2162@evirtual@tg0_daniel@Graeme Evans@Felix1

 

Hello everyone, I have a quick update to share on this topic. I can now confirm that engineering teams are currently working on a firmware revision which will enable USB data features on tracker 18'. It should be live within a few months; I don't have an exact launch date to share currently since bringing this feature to the new hardware poses a few complex engineering challenges which are currently being solved. 

 

I'll be sure to post any future updates about this feature within this thread. 

To reach Viveport's customer service team, email customerservice@viveport.com

To connect with a live support agent for hardware support, go to www.vive.com/support, click on "contact us" in the top righthand corner, and then opt to speak with a Live Chat agent

David R

Technical Specialist - San Francisco, CA; Monday-Friday

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robawesome
Settler

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

Great news! Thanks so much for listening!

Mroj2162
Explorer

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

I am very thankful you herd us out unfortunately i sold my ppgun rifle like two days ago 😭😭😭😭😭 at a very affordable price and if this works i will buy it again but for another 700 dollars im mad for not waiting but i should have had more faith in you i hope you are able to do this so it can push us closer to the future
Mroj2162
Explorer

Re: vive tracker 2.0 (2018) and USB communication

I am very thankful you herd us out unfortunately i sold my ppgun rifle like two days ago 😭😭😭😭😭 at a very affordable price and if this works i will buy it again but for another 700 dollars im mad for not waiting but i should have had more faith in you i hope you are able to do this so it can push us closer to the future