Yearly Archives: 2017


OpenPTrack V2 “Gnocchi” Coming Soon!

The OpenPTrack team is preparing for the release of OPT V2 (Gnocchi), which will provide object tracking, pose recognition and ZED camera support, as well as enhanced real-time person detection.  Gnocchi will also update the underlying software stack to Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS and Robot Operating System (ROS) Kinetic Kame.  OPT V2 Gnocchi has been under development for the […]

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 VR Los Angeles

UCLA researcher & PhD student Randy Illum presented Mixed-Reality Barriers: Person-Tracking in K-12 Schools at the IEEE VR 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 of […]