Yearly Archives: 2017


OpenPTrack V2 “Gnocchi” coming in August!

The OpenPTrack team is excited to announce the upcoming OPT V2 (Gnocchi) release—planned for mid-August—which provides new, fundamental features: Object tracking. For the first time, OpenPTrack will track objects in addition to the human body. V2 will add the capability to track objects based on color profile, a feature we expect to extend to other […]

Zed Camera, CNN-based People Detection

PLAE with OpenPTrack in Indiana

A team of Indiana University researchers are using OpenPTrack to develop body-based cyberlearning tools in conjunction with Bloomington area elementary schools. The partnership aims to engage students in embodied sociodramatic play in physically interactive educational spaces, to help them learn about complex science phenomena. The collaboration’s installation supports the NSF-funded Promoting Learning through Annotation of Embodiment (PLAE) project led by Dr. […]


Body-Based Drawing with OpenPTrack

UCLA REMAP researcher/GSE&IS PhD student Randy Illum led 36 elementary school students in body-based art-making exercises enabled by OpenPTrack. The project was conducted over three Fridays in March 2017 at UCLA Lab School. It investigated collaboration between students using a digital body-based drawing program compared to sharpie markers. Working in groups of six, the students developed ideas for digital drawings on backgrounds chosen […]


New TouchDesigner Components

Two open source components for Derivative’s TouchDesigner have been released for receiving person tracks streamed from OpenPTrack. The components were developed by Phoenix-based developer/stage designer Ian Shelanskey, and can be found in our GitHub repository as well as in Ian’s. The first component is a TOX using Python that improves on the original examples in the […]


OpenPTrack at IEEE KELVAR

UCLA REMAP researcher & GSE&IS PhD student Randy Illum presented Mixed-Reality Barriers: Person-Tracking in K-12 Schools at the IEEE Virtual Reality 2017 conference in Los Angeles on March 19. The paper, cowritten with GSE&IS PhD student Maggie Dahn, details the use of OpenPTrack in classrooms at two schools—one, a university laboratory elementary school, and the other, a public charter school.  Illum’s presentation was given as part […]